Blackberries are in Season in Napa! Time to Bake!

Napa Valley is synonymous with wine, but the region is also famous for its blackberry season that’s officially kicked off for summer picking! When you vacation at RiverPointe Napa Valley along the Napa River you’ll see it’s become a prime spot for the blackberries to grow. It’s the perfect place to create memories with loved ones by going berry picking and then baking them into cake in your private cottage. Try this all-American classic that’s easy to make as it is delicious to eat and is an instant favorite at any patriotic party.

Stars and Stripes Cake


1 box yellow or angel food cake mix

2 cups water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 container whipped vanilla frosting

1/3 cup fresh blackberries

1 pint fresh strawberries

Pro tip: To keep cake fresh for longer, be sure to use whole, thoroughly dried berries.


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan) and bake the cake mix for 13×9-inch pan. Let cool for 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Remove from pan and place on cooling rack. Cool completely for 1 hour.
  2. Place cake on tray. Frost top and sides with frosting.
  3. For flag design, arrange blackberries in the upper left corner of frosted cake to create stars. Arrange strawberries in rows over frosted cake to create stripes. Store covered in refrigerator.

Are you looking for more Napa Valley inspiration for your next vacation? Make RiverPointe Napa Valley your next destination! Plan ahead by booking online or call a Vacation Specialist at (866) 325-6295.

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