Light and Fluffy Blackberry Lime Italian Soda Cake

Get ready to dive into light and fluffy cake layers, sweet and tart blackberry lime compote, and the deliciousness of fresh whipped cream and silky, smooth blackberry buttercream with my new Blackberry Lime Italian Soda Cake

Blackberry Lime Italian Soda Cake

This isn’t just any ol’ blackberry and lime cake! This Blackberry Lime Italian Soda Cake is something real special thanks to the blackberry lime compote and whipped cream filling. When you take your first bite, I know you’ll agree that adding a couple extra elements like these to the cake definitely give it that Italian soda vibe and take this cake to the next level!

We have my friend Abi Ayres to thank for the idea. A few weeks ago she posted a recipe for a blackberry lime Italian soda that made my mouth water! The flavors sounded amazing and you know I loved the idea of ​​turning this springtime drink into a cake!

Add fruit topping just before you serve.

Blackberry Lime Cake

I love how light and fluffy these cake layers are. You’ll get a hint of lime from lime zest, but it’s the texture I know you’ll love. It’s a tender and delicate crumb, that creates the perfect base for the more powerful blackberry lime compote and buttercream.

For the cake layers, you’ll want to have the following ingredients on-hand:

  • Cake flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Limes
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • Buttermilk
Blackberry Lime Cake with blackberry lime compote and buttercream

How to Make a Moist Cake from Scratch

Don’t forget to follow my go-to tips for getting moist cakes that rise well:

  • Preheat your oven for 30 minutes prior to baking.
  • Use good quality pans like Fat Daddio.
  • Spray your pans with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
  • Make sure to beat the butter, sugar, oil and eggs really well. The mixture should be smooth in texture and nearly doubled in volume when you’re done mixing. THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT!
  • Don’t overmix your cake batter once you add the dry ingredients.
  • Use room temperature wet ingredients. Not cold at all.
  • Use fresh baking powder.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it. REMEMBER: the cake continues to bake for a few minutes while it cools in the pan.

How to Make Blackberry Lime Compote

The blackberry lime compote is super simple. You’ll be using fresh or frozen blackberries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and lime zest. The goal is to simmer the mixture long enough that it thickens. You’ll know you’re at a good spot when the mixture coats a spoon well.

Can I make this ahead of time?

For sure! I actually prefer to make this ahead of time so the compote can cool and thicken a tad more.

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