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Mascarpone Mixed Berry Cake

This Mascarpone Mixed Berry Cake is extremely soft and moist, bake it and serve it straight from the pan. It’s excellent as a coffee cake for breakfast or as dessert with a scoop of ice cream on the side.

A slice of mascarpone mixed berry cake on a white plate next to some fresh berriesMy love for mascarpone started when I discovered mascarpone ice cream quite a long time ago. Rich, buttery, creamy and smooth, the flavor of mascarpone is distinct and less tangy than cream cheese. It goes perfectly with fresh fruit in tarts and pies, and obviously excellent in a mascarpone cake.

How to make Mascarpone Mixed Berry Cake

This yummy berry cake is extremely easy to make. It does not require any fancy kitchen equipment except for a whisk and a spatula. I would actually discourage you from using a stand mixer (even though I love mine to death) for this recipe to avoid over mixing the cake batter.A collage of 6 photos show the process of making the mascarpone berry cake batter

  1. Be sure to let eggs and mascarpone, as well as melted butter come to room temperature before mixing them together with the orange and vanilla extract. I always like to use even just a hint of vanilla extract in everything despite it not being the main flavor to add depth and dimension.
  2. Use a whisk to mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the dry ingredient mixture.
  4. Fold with a spatula until combined. It does not have to be absolutely perfectly smooth.
  5. Lightly fold in part of the berries. Try your best not to crush the raspberries, they are more fragile than the blueberries so you will mostly likely crush some.
  6. Add the cake batter to your buttered 8” cast iron skillet or a similar size baking pan.
  7. Even out the top of the batter and sprinkle the rest of the berries on top.
  8. Bake until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 45 – 47 minutes.

A collage of 2 photos showing the cake before and after baking in a cast iron panThe cake rose just a smidge above the side of my 8” cast iron skillet with 2 1/2” side, so don’t use anything smaller than that or risk the batter spilling over. If you’re using a larger pan, the cake layer will be thinner and will take less time to cook, so be sure to check the doneness of your cake accordingly. For a 9” pan, check around the 35 – 40 minute mark.

What I love about this Mascarpone Cake

  • It’s super easy and quick to make, again no special equipment is needed.
  • The final cake is really soft and moist. It stores well in the refrigerator and remain moist for days.
  • It’s great as a coffee cake as well as a dessert.
  • The mixed berries add a nice freshness to the cake.

Mixed berry cake in a cast iron skillet covered in powder sugar

What type of berries can I use for this cake?

Any type of berries will work. I used raspberries and blueberries because that’s what I have in my fridge at the time. I also like the different color in the mix, so strawberry and blackberry will make a nice substitution, or any combination you’d like.

Can I use frozen berries instead?

Yes, I think that will work fine but there are a few things to note.

  • Frozen berries will release more juice than fresh ones. So I suggest you toss them with extra flour before folding them into the cake batter to help soak it up. This will also help keep them from sinking to the bottom. As for the one to be sprinkled on the top, you don’t need to coat those in flour.
  • You do not need to defrost the frozen berries before baking.
  • Baking time may need to be extended, check the doneness of the cake with an inserted toothpick at the 45 minutes mark and continue baking if necessary.

A slice of berry cake on a plate next to the cast iron skillet that the cake was baked inI’ve made this cake a couple times and each time is as delicious as the last. It’s also a great recipe to use up left over berries when you accidentally buy too much. I hope you enjoy this cake as much I did making it for you.

More Mixed Berry Recipes

A slice of mascarpone cake on a white plate next to some fresh berriesIf you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it and don’t forget to tag me @wildwildwhisk on Instagram. I’d love to see what’s cooking up in your kitchen. Cheers!

This recipe was originally published on 5/8/2017. The post has been updated with extra tips and process photos as well as a video to help you in the kitchen.

Mixed berry cake in a cast iron skillet covered in powder sugar

Mascarpone Mixed Berry Cake

This Mascarpone Mixed Berry Cake is so soft and moist, it can be baked and served straight from the pan. You can serve it as a coffee cake for brunch or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
4.92 from 12 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 47 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings: 7 slices
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Trang

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour ((130 g))
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar ((120 g))
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt ((3 g))
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder ((5 g, rounded teaspoon))
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese ((226 g, room temperature))
  • 2 large egg ((room temperature))
  • 3 oz unsalted butter ((84 g, melted))
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract ((3 g))
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ((1 g))
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberry ((75 g, 2 5/8 oz))
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberry ((65 g, 2 1/4 oz))

Instructions

  • Leave the mascarpone cheese out on the counter to soften for 10-15 minutes. Also leave the eggs out to come to room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, measure out flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder, mix together thoroughly with a whisk and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl for 20-30 seconds.
  • Brush an 8” or 9” cast iron skillet with some previously melted butter. Let the remaining cool to room temperature.
  • Add mascarpone cheese, egg, the cool butter, orange extract and vanilla extract to a medium mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a spatula.
  • Fold in 2/3 of the berries, use light hand so you don’t smash them.
  • Pour into prepared pan, sprinkle the remaining berries on top.
  • Bake for 45-47 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a wire rack completely before slicing and dusting with powder sugar.

Video

Notes

1. You can bake this cake in a regular cake pan or a spring form pan, the smaller the pan the higher the side needs to be so the cake doesn’t spill over. For reference, I used an 8” skillet with about 2.5” side and the cake rose just a tad above the rim.
2. Store in the refrigerator, this cake stays fresh and moist for days.

Nutrition

Serving: 133g | Calories: 402kcal
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Inspired by and adapted from Easy Ricotta Cake with Fresh Berries.

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73 Comments

  1. Cheryl
    September 28, 2020 /

    5 stars
    Amazing cake and yet so simple!

  2. Hazel
    September 25, 2020 /

    This recipe was awesome.. I made it today and it came out perfect.. everyone loved it.. I would put a picture of it but I don’t think it’s possible to put a picture here. ♥️

  3. Shaneeza Khan
    August 8, 2020 /

    5 stars
    Turned out perfect. Substituted lemon extract for orange. Tastes beautiful. Great recipe ! Making a second batch .. Thank you ☺️

  4. Karen
    July 25, 2020 /

    What’s the reason for having 3oz of butter in this cake when we’ve got so much fat from the mascarpone already. Please advise, thanks.

    • July 25, 2020 /

      No reason regarding the fat except that the recipe was developed that way based on an adaptation as noted at the end of the post. If you are thinking about omitting the butter, I do not recommend it because it will throw off the ratio of the ingredients.

      • Karen
        July 25, 2020 /

        5 stars
        Thanks for your quick reply. I made the cake today, following the recipe as-is. It turned out great.

  5. Michelle
    July 14, 2020 /

    4 stars
    Hello, I tried your recipe today and it tastes good, but it was undercooked somehow. I made the mistake of mixing all the frozen blueberries into the batter without leaving ⅓ for the top. It ended up looking undercooked and oily (the dark yellow kind) and wasn’t cake-like. I also used 1 cup of blueberries, no other fruits. Do you think that’s what caused it? 🙁 it looks like it was soaked in butter haha

    • July 14, 2020 /

      Hi Michelle, it sounds like maybe there was too much liquid, did you read about my tips on frozen berries within the post? You probably needed additional flour in the batter to absorb the extra liquid. Was it dense and wet? How much butter and mascarpone did you use? And did you happen to weigh your flour?

      • Fati
        September 24, 2020 /

        Hi Trang. I had your cake at a friend’s house and it was delicious and moist. I took the recipe and made it yesterday, (tagged you on insta too) it looked exactly like yours but tasted quite dry. I’m so upset😔

        • September 24, 2020 /

          Hi Fati, sorry that happened, did you make any substitutions? How did you measure your flour and other ingredients?

  6. Tonya
    June 29, 2020 /

    5 stars
    This cake is absolutely amazing! I’ve substituted lemon rind for orange extract and it works really well with blueberries and raspberries So glad I’ve found your blog.

    • June 29, 2020 /

      Thank you Tonya! Lemon is the perfect substitution, so fresh with berries.

  7. irene
    June 26, 2020 /

    hi. thanks for the recipe. I would love to make one but i couldn’t find the video

    • June 26, 2020 /

      Hi Irene, I’m not sure what you mean, the video is embedded in the post so you should see it when you scroll down a bit. Sometimes the jump to video button doesn’t work because the video moves position a bit. If you happen to scroll past it, the video should appears smaller in the bottom right corner of your desktop screen or top corner of your mobile screen. If you happen to close out the video player then, that could be why you don’t see it. However, the video is just an additional tool to show you how to make it, the recipe card has all the information you need, and the post has all the process photos and tips too.

      • irene
        June 27, 2020 /

        thanks for the reply. I tried to view using handphone instead of laptop, it works well with handphone. Something is wrong with my laptop ^_^

        • June 27, 2020 /

          Glad to hear it works now 🙂

  8. JY
    June 21, 2020 /

    5 stars
    This cake is the best! So easy to make and delicious. My family want it every week now……. highly recommend

  9. Caitlin zemanek
    June 2, 2020 /

    Can I use a substitute for some of the Marscapone? I don’t have 8ozs. I have plain yogurt, sour cream or cream cheese which would be best

    • June 2, 2020 /

      Hi Caitlin, cream cheese would be the closest substitution.

  10. Alicja
    May 22, 2020 /

    5 stars
    Very soft lovely cake, I used almonds extract instead.. very quick to prepare! Thank you !

    • May 23, 2020 /

      I love almond extract, excellent choice! 🙂

  11. Samita Munjal
    May 16, 2020 /

    Hi! I want to make this cake. It looks wonderful.
    Can i used dried cranberries and dried blueberries in the cake?
    Await your reply.

    • May 17, 2020 /

      Hi Samita, I think fresh berries will be much better but if you can’t get fresh ones, try frozen, and if you can’t get frozen ones then I would resort to using dried fruits. I would also use half as much dried fruit because they will expand.

      • Samita Munjal
        May 19, 2020 /

        Thanks! I tried with the dehydrated ones and used only 1/4 cup of each vs 1/2 cup as mentioned. It still turned out yummy. Great recipe.
        Thanks

  12. Belinda
    April 30, 2020 /

    This looks delicious! What are your thoughts about NOT using berries? I have all the ingredients except that, but I am worried the berries add necessary moisture. Thanks!

    • April 30, 2020 /

      You can use other berries or skip without any issues. The cake itself should have plenty of moisture even without the berries.

      • Beli
        May 1, 2020 /

        Awesome thank you!! Can’t wait to try it!

  13. Rukhsana
    April 26, 2020 /

    Hi, I have a 10” spring foam pan. Can I increase the recipe by 20 % and use the same oven setting and time? Thank you!

    • April 26, 2020 /

      Hmm 20% seems like a difficult ratio because the recipe calls for 2 large eggs, if you just go up to 3 eggs that would be 50% increase. So I suggest go up to 1.5x instead of 20% and that should fit into a 10″ pan. You can use the same oven temperature but I’m not entirely sure about the time. There is more batter but it may not be a whole lot thicker in the larger pan, I would check the cake at the 45 mins mark but let it go longer if needed, it could be 50 – 60 mins. Hope that helps!

      • Teresa
        May 12, 2020 /

        By math the 1.5x is the correct proportion between a 10″ pan and an 8″ since the ratio is 10*10 to 8*8 and not 10 to 8. This way the 10″ cake will come out to about the same thickness so the baking time should be longer but not by a whole lot.

      • Ruks
        May 18, 2020 /

        Thank you!

      • Ruks
        May 18, 2020 /

        Thank you so much

  14. Saiva
    April 26, 2020 /

    5 stars
    Love it, it’s so delicious!👌
    Thank you!😊

    • April 26, 2020 /

      I’m so happy to hear you love this cake, Saiva 🙂 Thanks for trying it!

  15. Mike
    April 20, 2020 /

    5 stars
    I made this mascapone mixed berry cake last week and it was absolutely delicious.

    • April 20, 2020 /

      Thanks Mike! Glad to hear you enjoy it 🙂

  16. Faiza
    April 16, 2020 /

    If I don’t have orange extract but do have some small mandarins would zest of a mandarin work?

    • April 16, 2020 /

      Yes, zest would be even better than extract!

  17. April
    April 12, 2020 /

    Can I use frozen raspberries? I have fresh blueberries but not fresh raspberries

    • April 12, 2020 /

      Hi April, yes you can use frozen berries or part frozen part fresh, please refer to the post where I address using frozen berries under the heading “CAN I USE FROZEN BERRIES INSTEAD?” the tips will still apply.

  18. Amanda
    February 4, 2020 /

    Would this cake be too soft for muffins?

    • February 4, 2020 /

      I think if you want to bake it in a muffin pan, you can. It may not dome and give you the typical muffin tops but should still work to yield individual serving size. Let me know how it turns out if you try it. I would shorten the bake time, maybe 17 – 20 minutes.

  19. Marie
    January 19, 2020 /

    5 stars
    So good! I substituted lemon for orange and used all blueberries. It was amazing. Thanks 🙂

    • January 19, 2020 /

      Lemon and blueberries are perfect for each other 🙂 I’m glad to hear you enjoy this cake, Marie!

  20. Yc
    July 11, 2019 /

    I don’t have a cast iron skillet. Can I use regular baking pan?

    • July 11, 2019 /

      Yes, 8″ or 9″ baking pan will work.

  21. Marsha Ramsdell
    June 8, 2019 /

    Hi, I discovered this a few months ago before berry season. Now– raspberries and blueberries galore. Thanks for this beautiful treat.

    • June 10, 2019 /

      Yay!! Berry season is the best, hope you’ll enjoy it!

  22. Libertie
    May 29, 2019 /

    Hello! I’m super excited to make this recipe! However I only have a 10.25 cast iron but I do have an 8in baking tin. Would you suggest either of these as a substitute to your 8in cast iron?

    • May 29, 2019 /

      As long as your baking tin side is at least 2.5″, it should be fine. The larger one will work too but you’ll end up with a thinner cake. I think you should use the 8″ tin, but make sure the side is tall enough.

      • Libertie
        June 2, 2019 /

        Thank you so much for your reply! I’ll give it a go 🙂

    • Kena
      January 6, 2020 /

      If your sides arent tall enough you can make a ring inside your pan along the side with parchment paper

      • January 6, 2020 /

        That’s a great idea, or foil could hold up better!

      • Natasha Reid
        April 23, 2020 /

        I’m doing that right now! Thanks for the tips!

  23. NANCY L JACOBSON
    May 21, 2019 /

    This cake looks delicious. I am going to make it this weekend. I am uncertain about the orange extract. Concerned that it might be too orange-y. Could I substitute orange rind (how much?) or fresh orange juice (how much?). Thanks so much!

    • May 21, 2019 /

      Hi Nancy! The orange extract is actually really subtle, if you use orange essential oil, it would probably be too strong. If you don’t have the extract, use zest of half an orange (that should yield about 1 teaspoon, if you’re worry about the flavor being too strong, maybe use half that). Orange juice would not be enough to get the orange flavor through.

  24. Angelica
    May 20, 2019 /

    402 calories has a slice of cake ?

    • May 20, 2019 /

      Yes assuming 7 slices. All calories are estimated using an online calories calculator, the accuracy depends on the calculator database. If you are to eat a Sprinkles cupcake, that is about 500 calories, just for comparison.

  25. Jessica
    May 16, 2019 /

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I made this last night. The cake is light and so flavorful. I have a fan assisted oven, so I baked at 160c for 30 minutes and it came out perfect. The recipe was very easy to follow and so simple. Perfect cake for tea. Will be making this again.

    • May 16, 2019 /

      Thank you Jessica!! I’m so happy you enjoyed this cake and truly appreciate your feedback 🙂

  26. stephanie
    May 13, 2019 /

    That looks so delicious it’s making my mouth water!;) I love mascarpone cheese too they’re so rich in flavor. I love how you added a video with your post! thank you for sharing 🙂

    • May 13, 2019 /

      Thanks Stephanie, hope you try it!

  27. Nanci
    May 13, 2019 /

    Have you made this using gluten free flours? Do you think a cup for cup substitute would work OK?

    • May 13, 2019 /

      Hi Nanci, I have not made this particular recipe with gluten free flour, but cup for cup substitution is typical and should work. I think you will get a denser cake. If you try, come back and let me know how it turns out for you. I would appreciate that!

  28. April 21, 2019 /

    5 stars
    Mascarpone is a great twist. This cake looks lovely and also simple to make.

    • April 21, 2019 /

      Thank you so much Marie, the mascarpone also keep the cake super moist 🙂

  29. Giojoplin
    January 13, 2019 /

    Hello! Can u tell me How many grams are 3 oz butter? I just work with grams ?

    • January 14, 2019 /

      It’s 85 grams. If you have access to google, it can do all the conversion for you 🙂

  30. Karina
    January 8, 2019 /

    Hello,
    Can you tell me, how many gramms are 8oz.mascarpone cheese? ?

  31. May 3, 2018 /

    This cake is right up my alley! Love that you used mascarpone in it!!

    • May 3, 2018 /

      Thanks so much Sabrina! It’s one of my favorite easy cake 🙂

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