I wanted to use the blackberries the kids had picked earlier this year so I found this recipe and as much as it sounded really questionable it was really quite good! I used two cups blackberries and no raisins.
Mam's Black Cake
2 cups white sugar
1 cup fresh blackberries
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 inch round cake layer pans.
2.Dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk.
3.Combine the sugar, 3 1/2 cups of the flour, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground cinnamon and the butter. Stir in the buttermilk mixture.
4.Toss the blackberries and raisins with the remaining 1/2 cup of flour to coat. Mix in the blackberries and the raisins into the batter and stir until evenly distributed. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
5.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cakes comes out clean.