Cakes, like jack-o’-lanterns, must be sliced and set on fire before they can be enjoyed. Set your palate aglow with today’s Groupon to Blackberry Soul Bakery and Cafe in Oakland. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get one large blackberry, peach, or apple cobbler (up to a $44.99 value).
- For $15, you get $30 worth of desserts and Southern fare.
Blackberry Soul Bakery and Cafe’s owner and baker extraordinaire, Rene, continues her family’s culinary tradition of crafting comfort food and sweets filled with authentic, Southern style. The dessert doyens craft cobblers bearing buttery, homemade crust. Filled with fresh blackberries, peaches, or apples, each cobbler measures roughly 11” x 9” x 2”, the ideal size for sharing with a friend or superhero sidekick. The café menu features down-home fare including smoked turkey greens ($3.50) and wings ($6.99+) doused in barbecue, buffalo, asian, or lemon-pepper sauce. Guests can seal meals with slices of cake ($3.50), or adopt the dessert’s extended family members, such as whole cakes ($34.99), cookies by the dozen ($14.99), and full pies ($18.99) in flavors such as sweet potato and lemon meringue. A sextet of cupcakes ($15.99) parades into mouths decked out in gourmet flavors, including lemon drop, white velvet, and blackberry.
Blackberry Soul Bakery and Cafe
After catering for two years, Blackberry Soul Bakery and Cafe finally settled in a brick-and-mortar building, where owner-baker Rene prepares her Southern-influenced cakes, cookies, and savory snacks for visitors. The 2004 winner of the Taste of the Bay award and a requested favorite of the 100 Chefs Can Cook United Negro College fundraiser, Rene applies plaudit-earning skills when mixing fresh butter, real vanilla beans, just-harvested wooden spoons, and a few of her grandmother's recipes to whip up delectable, tooth-ready treats. She specializes in sweet-potato pie, pound cake, oatmeal cookies, and cobblers, though the piping-hot menu also includes cakes, cupcakes, and puddings. Red velvet cake supplies means of satiation for sweet teeth, and two types of cornbread furnish the means of satiation for teeth made out of bread. The café takes custom orders for pickup or delivery, and Rene accommodates customers out and about by supplying treats at many local jazz festivals and community events.
2101 14th Ave.
Oakland, California 94606