Blackberry Lemon Cake Bars – Gluten Free

by Marla on March 30, 2014 · 40 comments

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I’ve been experimenting a whole lot with baking here in Telluride. I’m trying to come up with amazing cakes, bars & treats that maintain the integrity of using whole food ingredients.

It has been a really fun journey & challenging at 10,000 feet. These Blackberry Lemon Cake Bars are exactly what I was looking for – sweet, gluten free and they have berries (my favorite!)

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I try to sneak berries into everything….you have seen lots of blueberries here lately.

Blackberry Lemon Cake Bars - Gluten Free | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Now blackberries are the rock stars!

Frozen or fresh ones are great in this recipe. Whatever you have on hand.

Blackberry Lemon Cake Bars - Gluten Free | FamilyFreshCooking.com

These cake bars are the perfect way to welcome spring. Serve them for Mother’s Day & Easter brunches.

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Make sure to enjoy with coffee & cream too!

Blackberry Lemon Cake Bars - Gluten Free | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Blackberry Lemon Cake Bars - Gluten Free | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Blackberry Lemon Bars – Gluten Free

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 cake bars

Blackberry Lemon Bars – Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour Blend, or any baking flour same measurement
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Organic Whole Cane Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 cup frozen Blackberries, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon natural Lemon Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Cooking Spray

Method

  • Spray or line an 8X8 baking dish with parchment paper. Pre heat oven to 350 degree F with the rack in the middle.
  • In a bowl add the dry ingredients & whisk them together.
  • Add butter & sugar to a stand mixer bowl and mix on low until well combined. Add eggs & extracts, mix on medium speed. Add flour mixture, mix on low until well combined. Gently fold in blackberries with a spatula.
  • Transfer batter to the baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out virtually crumb free.
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1 alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm

looks fabulous girl! Posting on my facebook page

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2 Marla March 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Thanks so much Alison!

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3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Gorgeous bars, and so perfect for anyone GF. Pinned!

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4 Marla March 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Laura! This flour blend is wonderful for folks that need to a gluten free meal plan.

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5 Lisa March 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

My daughter is on the FODMAP diet, which (FYI) works for many with IBS (eliminates certain sugars that many can’t digest), and includes a GF component. Blackberries are the only berry not allowed, but I’m sure this will be good with blueberries. I ‘m not gluten sensitive, but the rest of the diet has also been very helpful to me in relieving challenging chronic digestive issues remaining from radiation treatment for colon cancer (10/ 2007).

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6 Marla March 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Lisa, these bars would be wonderful with any berry substitution!

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7 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I love the look of this cake. It’s such a lovely flavour combo!

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8 Marla March 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Thanks so much Katrina!

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9 Kirsten March 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Marla
I’ve got black raspberries in the freezer, from our summer picking. They would be terrific in this–and I like how it makes an 8×8 pan. That’s just enough, but not too much, for our family.
Thanks!

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10 Marla March 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Kirsten, the raspberries will be wonderful this recipe! I’ve never met a berry I didn’t LOVE. I’m with you on the 8×8 pan….any more & I might be in trouble ;)

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11 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

You’ve moved from blueberries to blackberries :) And I love them both! I am so impressed that you were able to make this GF!! Whoa. I bow down! pinned to many boards :)

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12 Marla March 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Hi Averie! Thanks so much for sharing the pin love. I noticed earlier you were sharing & I’m so grateful :)

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13 Jennie @themessybakerblog March 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I adore blackberries. These look gorgeous. I’m so ready for warmer weather.

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14 Marla March 30, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Thanks Jennie ~ blackberries are essential as the weather gets warmer for certain!

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15 Jenna March 31, 2014 at 5:32 am

Yum! This looks fantastic and perfect for Easter. I’ve been wondering how well cup4cup compares to regular flour. I need to try it!

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16 Marla March 31, 2014 at 5:54 am

Think i’m gonna order a crate of this Cup 4 Cup ~ it is awesome to bake with & the same ratios of regular flour!

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17 Kevin @ Closet Cooking March 31, 2014 at 5:33 am

These would be so good for breakfast right now!

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18 Marla March 31, 2014 at 5:54 am

Indeed! I’m having some for breakfast right now :)

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19 ashley - baker by nature March 31, 2014 at 5:51 am

Oh how I LOVE blackberries! Especially in baked goods. These look too good to pass up. And perfect for tea time.

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20 Jenny Flake March 31, 2014 at 5:51 am

What a perfect spring time recipe!!

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21 Julie @ Table for Two March 31, 2014 at 5:52 am

Love the flavor combo and adore the use of blackberries!

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22 Maria March 31, 2014 at 6:29 am

Blackberry is my favorite!

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23 Heather Christo March 31, 2014 at 6:43 am

this just looks so great Marla- I love the texture and can’t wait to make this!

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24 Aimee @ Simple Bites March 31, 2014 at 6:50 am

I still have some frozen berries somewhere in my deep freeze. Can’t wait to try these out, Marla.

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25 Marla March 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Go find those frozen berries!! Lucky you :)

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26 naomi March 31, 2014 at 7:22 am

It looks so fantastically good!!! Love this!

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27 fabiola@notjustbaked March 31, 2014 at 11:03 am

I love the colors that came out of the berries mixed with the flour. I have heard so many good things about this flour, I need to pick some up!

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28 Marla March 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Yes you must pick some of this flour up. I was completely surprised by the color these berries turned out too. Had no idea sooooo purple & I LOVE!!

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29 Alanna March 31, 2014 at 11:25 am

These look delicious! I can’t believe they’re GF – the texture looks perfect. I spent a summer in Telluride once when I was a teenager, and completely fell in love with the cute town and beautiful countryside. :)

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30 Marla March 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

How cool that you have visited my sweet town of Telluride!! So memorable huh? Had it on my mind for over a decade until we finally made the move. So glad we did! This flour sure keeps the texture of traditional baked goods, makes things very easy.

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31 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com March 31, 2014 at 11:48 am

Love desserts with blackberries, especially with lemon flavor. Can’t believe these are gluten free – pinned! Marla, I am a contributor to your Sweet Dreams board, and I’d like to join your other, relatively new board, My Favorite Recipes. If you look at my pinning history on Sweet Dreams, you can see that I pin from a variety of sources (not just my own recipes). My pinterest username is http://www.pinterest.com/juliasalbum/ – I’d love to join your second shared board!

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32 Marla March 31, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Hi Julia! Awesome!! I’ll add you now, love your pins!!

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33 kelley {mountain mama cooks} March 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I have some of the cup4cup but have yet to use it. I’m with you- berries in everything!! This looks wonderful and perfect for spring!

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34 Marla March 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Ha! Break that bag open girl!! You will be very pleased when you do. Berries in everything? You are my kinda gal ;)

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35 Meredith April 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Looks like an amazing treat!

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36 ami@naivecookcooks April 1, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Wow, these bars are such a beauty!

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37 zerrin April 5, 2014 at 5:18 am

Marla, these look amazing! Love their texture! And the photos are stunning as always! Pinned!

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38 Marla April 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

Thanks so much Zerrin! They were super fun to photograph with those purple blackberries :)

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39 Stacey Roberson October 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

These cake bars look yummy! My mom has eats a gluten-free diet and these would be perfect to make for her.

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