Warming cinnamon, fresh gooseberries and an incredibly rich and moist texture, this gooseberry cake makes for such a yummy way to use those deliciously tart seasonal gooseberries.
I just love this time of year in Newfoundland! There’s no snow on the ground (yay!) and wild berries are plentiful!
If you go berry picking, you’ll find blueberries to make blueberry bread pudding, gooseberries to make gooseberry crumble, strawberries to make strawberry cake and beautiful red currants (recipe coming soon!) Not to mention, raspberries!
Then, later in the fall, there are partridgeberries to make partridgeberry muffins.
Today I have another delicious recipe using gooseberries: gooseberry cake!
With butter, cream cheese and lots of eggs, this fresh strawberry cake has kinda a pound cake texture.
It’s dense (in the best kinda way), moist and so delicious.
You get little pops of tartness from the fresh gooseberries and a lovely hum of warming cinnamon. So good with your favourite cuppa tea, coffee or milk.
This gooseberry cake is kinda special to me because I picked the berries myself straight off a wild bush growing at my parents. Talk about fresh!
Storytime: upon baking (and just when I was about to flip the cake over onto a wire rack), it slid out of my hands onto the countertop. Typical Dawn.
Time froze. I stood, looking at the inverted pan, wondering what I was about to find. Lucky me, it was ok and I was able to get the cake onto the rack (but there was a moment there, LOL). Have you ever had any baking close-calls?
Green Gooseberries versus Purple Gooseberries
A combination of green and purple gooseberries was used in this cake.
As gooseberries ripen on the bush, they start green and eventually turn to a purple hue.
The green gooseberries are firmer and more tart than the purple ones. Both are delicious if you ask me!
How to Prepare Gooseberries
Before using gooseberries, you’re going to want to prepare them, meaning ‘top and tail’.
‘Top and tail’ just means getting rid of the top and bottom bits of the berry (as shown on the berry below).
I like to use a pair of scissors here and snip those ends off.
After that, I just give ’em a little rinse and drain well before using in the gooseberry cake.
Can I Freeze This Cake?
Absolutely! Allow the cake to completely cool before freezing.
Wrap the cooled cake in food plastic wrap, then wrap in aluminum foil (or just two layers of food plastic wrap). Place into a freezer-safe container. Don’t forget to label with the recipe name and date it was made.
When ready to enjoy, remove the cake from the container (but still leave wrapped) and let thaw at room temperature.
The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Tip: Before freezing, cut the cake into chunks. That way, you can just pull out a chunk to enjoy and still have the remainder frozen until ready to use
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More Recipe Tips & Variations
The cake batter is thick! I like to stir in the gooseberries with a spatula (versus using my stand mixer), so I don’t break them up too much.
Freshly grated orange or lemon zest is also a great addition to this gooseberry cake.
Ovens (and pans) vary so be sure to check on before the full bake time is up. You don’t want to overbake your cake.
Because this cake is rich and dense, it’s normal for the bottom to crack a little after baking.
- Icing sugar dusted over top
- A simple icing sugar glaze, like the one used in my blueberry cake
- Ice cream (vanilla or strawberry works lovely here)
- Drizzle of caramel sauce
- Drizzle of chocolate sauce
More Berry Recipes You May Enjoy
Hope you love this gooseberry recipe as much as we do!
If you make this gooseberry cake, please leave a comment below. Love to hear how you enjoyed it!
Gooseberry Cake (with cinnamon)
- 2 cups fresh gooseberries , washed and trimmed (remove and discard 'top and tail')
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus, 2 tablespoons for dusting berries)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 8 ounces cream cheese , softened, about a 250 gram package)
- 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar , packed
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup milk
- 4 large eggs
- Baking spray or butter (to grease cake pan)
- Icing sugar (for dusting over baked cake (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for baking the cake later.
- Meanwhile, place gooseberries in a bowl and spoon 2 tablespoons of flour over berries, stirring to coat. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.Note: I like to 'spoon' the flour into measuring cups rather than scoop the measuring cup directly into the container of flour.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or in a mixing bowl using a hand mixer), blend (on medium-high speed) the cream cheese, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth, combined and fluffy, about 3 minutes (stop to scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice with a rubber spatula).
- Reduce speed and blend in milk.
- Add eggs, one at a time, blending until just combined.
- Blend in reserved flour mixture. Don't overmix.
- Stir in gooseberries with a spatula, being careful not to break them up too much.
- Grease a 10-inch, non-stick fluted cake pan with baking spray or butter. Scoop batter into the pan (it will be thick). Smooth the top with a spoon. Tap the pan down 15 to 20 times on a hard surface to allow it to settle.
- Bake 60 to 70 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.Note: Because ovens/pans can vary, check on at the 55 minute mark.
- Once baked, let the cake cool 30 minutes in the pan. Then, carefully release the cake from the pan, allowing it to cool completely on a cooling rack.
- If desired, dust with icing sugar. Note: As the cake sits, the icing sugar will absorb into the cake. You can add more upon serving, if desired. Slice and enjoy!Note: Wrap cooled leftover cake in plastic food wrap and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can wrap the cake in plastic food wrap and aluminum foil (or two layers of plastic food wrap) and place in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw (wrapped) cake at room temperature when ready to enjoy.
- The cake batter is thick! I like to stir in the gooseberries with a spatula (versus using my stand mixer), so I don’t break them up too much.
- Ovens (and pans) vary so be sure to check on before the full bake time is up. You don’t want to overbake your cake.
- Because this cake is rich and dense, it’s normal for the bottom to crack a little after baking.
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