Bushel and Berry® Baby Cakes® Blackberry

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Thornless and easy to grow! Enjoy large, sweet berries from compact, upright plants. Decorative and edible, this dwarf blackberry plant will even liven up your patio or entryway. Grows well in containers! Fall-bearing (everbearing) primocane with a summer crop. Floricane berries ripen in July. Primocane berries ripen in September through frost. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #27,032 or other patents. APF-236T cultivar

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid Summer
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.5 - 7.5
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 3 - 4' tall x 3 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 3 - 4' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow blackberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
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Smaller size, will be in large pots
William W on Mar 11, 2021
Container friendly and great reviews ??????
Erica W on Feb 27, 2021
Smaller size, will be in large pots
William W on Mar 11, 2021
Something new
PATRICIA M on Mar 5, 2021
Container friendly and great reviews ??????
Erica W on Feb 27, 2021
I bought one last year. The berries were delicious. I decided to get 5 more.
Jennifer S on Jun 9, 2020
I have one and enjoy it.
charles and marcia n on May 15, 2020
Compact and ease of growing
Stacey M on May 9, 2020
My zone for black berrys.
John K on May 9, 2020
Hardiest blackberry I can find. Thornless and Primacane
Edward H on May 4, 2020
Have one Baby Cakes and decides to add another
Trudy J on Apr 28, 2020
I???ve heard good things about these plants and have limited growing space.
Kelly S on Feb 22, 2020
Cute conversation piece for the deck.
Erin D on Feb 17, 2020
I have the bushel and berry raspberries and have had very good success with them
Karl R on Jan 6, 2020
Small & cute.
Terri V on Dec 16, 2019
Because I already have 1 of this specific variety, and it has proven that it can both survive well and even fruit well in zone 10a despite that Baby Cakes is a zone 4-8 plant. So why not add a third one to boost the harvest?
Ren M on Oct 27, 2019
I purchased one last year and it did very well on a patio I planted it in ground in the fall and its back So thought I would try my luck again this year
Diane C on Apr 28, 2019
My sister in law grew these very successfully last season. I can't wait to try them.
Jan L on Apr 23, 2019
The plants are thornless and the pots are relatively small - nice features for 3-5 year old grandchildren.
Giff H on Apr 3, 2019
I want to have some berry plants and small thornless ones seem a good idea.
Marlene H on Mar 16, 2019
Like the compact and thornless features.
Dorothy O on Mar 16, 2019
I love blackberries and I can grow it on my deck garden. WIN WIN
Lana G on Mar 14, 2019
I love blackberries but have only deck space with sun.
Vicky W on Mar 13, 2019
I love blackberries and saw the product advertised in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I can't wait to receive it!
Tammy C on Mar 9, 2019
Don't have a lot of room for fruit so dwarf varieties are best.
Diane H on Feb 28, 2019
I have 9 of the Raspberry Shortcake variety which are delicious and produce like crazy, so I decided to add to my backyard berry patch and give this Blackberry a try and see if they do equally as well in Puget Sound area.
Kathryn T on Jul 3, 2018
Live in a condo and have limited space and can only do potted plants
Tamara H on Apr 30, 2018
I love blackberries and don't have the space for full size bushes
Marie N on Apr 24, 2018
Was looking for a shorter plant...this one caps at 4ft.
Samantha M on May 15, 2017
We love blackberries and being able to have them in planters will allow me to get them the proper light for growth
Trudy J on Apr 24, 2017
I love blackberries and these were available for my zone 4
Sarah R on Mar 25, 2017
Compact size, I hope to grow it on my patio
Dennis Staff on Mar 6, 2017
Something new
PATRICIA M on Mar 5, 2021
I bought one last year. The berries were delicious. I decided to get 5 more.
Jennifer S on Jun 9, 2020
Can you grow bushel and berry blackberry near raspberries?
Sharon L on Mar 17, 2017
How do you winter them in containers so they don't freeze out? I like the idea of using planters to contain them.
Pamela B on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I purchased and planted this blackberry in a large container on my deck with a south eastern exposure in northern Idaho in the spring of 2017. Since the container is too large to move through the house into the garage, I left it on the deck. I wrapped the container with a silver faced rolled insulation blanket, placed a thick layer of pine needles on top of the soil and covered the plant with the white garden row covering fabric. To my pleasant surprise the blackberry survived just fine. Not only is it growing, but there are several new shoots coming up in the container.
What size planter is needed to grow this in a container?
Careg L on Feb 2, 2017
Bushel and Berry Baby Cakes Blackberry
Bushel and Berry Baby Cakes Blackberry
Bushel and Berry Raspberry Shortcake
Bushel and Berry Raspberry Shortcake
BEST ANSWER: They will arrive in a quart-size pot. Start off by transplanting this to a 2-5 gallon container, and then when the plant outgrows that, you can "pot up" to a 16-20" container.
The 2-gallon plant comes staked to a bamboo teepee. Do we remove this or does it continue to require staking?
Lydia B on May 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is a naturally dwarf bush-type plant that does not require staking.
LINDFA M on Oct 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi, We live in SE Idaho (zone 4b - 5a) and our bushes survived the winter fine. We have them in a raised bed in our veggie garden.
Is it necessary to mulch Baby Cakes Blackberry and Raspberry Shortcake? Because I did so recently after transplanting both into a 16" planter and topped with fir bark mulch, in order to prevent heat stress like I did with my blueberries.
Ren M on Oct 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It depends on your location. I'm in the Inland Northwest not far from the Canadian border. My Baby Cakes Blackberry plants are in-ground and mulched liberally with bark. All but one survived a cold, snowy winter last year and set blooms in the spring. I would think a planter would need even more protection in a cold climate.
I want to plant these blackberries in their own 3x3 raised bed. Does anyone know - since this is a compact bush- 1) how deep the roots go into the ground, and 2) if these specific blackberries have an aggressive root/runner system? I am trying to figure out if I need to put some sort of barrier in place so the bush doesn???t outgrown the raised bed.
Christina on Mar 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This blackberry variety does not have the rambling root system and "sucker punch" annoyance of traditional blackberry varieties. It is meant to be compact. It does throw up suckers, but there will be fewer of them because of the variety's nature. Just trim them off below the soil surface.
Are these berries seedless?
Cord R on Apr 25, 2020
can these be planted in the ground?
justme507 on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, if you live in hardiness zones 4-8. If you live in a colder zone, you would be better off planting it in a container that you can move to an unheated garage or shed over the winter months.
I live in a condo which gets the patio only 8 hrs West sun in the afternoon. Is that enough sun ?
Kennda V on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine faces that direction and gets about the same amount of sun. It is thriving this year and i hope to have blackberries.
We have limited space. Will one plant produce berries?
Allen C on Feb 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Two of the same variety will not cross-pollinate, but a pollinator isn't needed for Baby Cakes. One plant will produce. Please be sure the soil pH is correct and that the bush has good drainage and full sun.
Does Baby Cakes Blackberry need support?
B H on Mar 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: With its compact habit, Baby Cakes blackberry does not require trellising.
What is size of baby cakes blackberry for 24.99?
Karen W on Mar 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: These will ship in a 1 quart pot and be approximately 12 inches tall.
Purchased two baby cakes blackberries last year. I carefully followed over winter directions. It???s the first of June and no leaves. Is there any hope?!
Annie on Jun 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We recommend you try a scratch test: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/how-to-do-a-scratch-test
If that test determines the tree is no longer living and in need of replacement, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. They'd be happy to help.
Would a 20 inch wide, 12.5 tall (13 gallon) container work for the life of the plant or do I need something taller?
Rachel on Apr 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The Stark Bros. description of this plant says it grows well in containers. It can get 3 to 4 feet tall as well as 3 to 4 feet wide. Needs full sun.
The $16.99 is for one cane?
woody on Feb 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes. This is one plant that ships in a 1 Quart Pot.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How is zone 10b not good for baby cake blackberries?
Caroline L on Nov 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The zone range recommended is zone 4-8.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are thes blackberries seedless?
Elaine M on May 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No blackberries are completely seedless, but some have seeds that are smaller than other varieties. This is one of the small-seed varieties.
I have long stalks shooting out from the main bush, is that part of the plant or is it suckers that I need to prune. they are coming from the dirt around the plant?
Carol Z on Jun 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If they're coming up through the plant, they are part of the plant; please don't prune them off or you will lose part of your next crop. If they're coming up around the bush, that is the bush's way of propagating. You can prune them off or dig them up and transplant your free plants. :-)
Will this Bushel Berry produce fruit the first year?
Taylor V on Apr 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You may get a few berries, but it's really better to pinch off those first flowers. You'll get a much nicer crop next year.
Size of pot?
Ella123 H on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This blackberry plant comes in a 1-quart pot.
Will these produce runners/suckers?
Melinda on Apr 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this variety (like most blackberries) will sucker from the crown and roots.
Do containers for dwarf black-blueberry need drainage?
Mick C on Apr 1, 2020

Customer Reviews

4.1 / 5.0
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Perfect patio plant
Wonderful blackberry flavor on very compact plant. Going to order another!
February 22, 2018
After a terrible Wisconsin Northwoods winter, I am pleased to see my blackberries survived and are leafing out with just a minimum of winter cover,
May 11, 2019
over 3 years ago
B&B BabyCakes BlackBerry
It's a good plant. I enjoy it. But it needs attention. Berries are tasty. I would recommend it
April 30, 2019
over 4 years ago
My Bushel and Berry Baby Cakes Blackberry
My bushes did very well last year, 1st year, and this year they are filling in my raised garden bed beautifully. I am looking forward to lots of berries this year.
May 14, 2019
over 3 years ago
I love Blackberries
Very nice product that I purchased last year. Which means fruit this year, and it looks like flowers are forming right now. I can't wait, blackberries on my deck, yum. Thank You
May 2, 2018
over 4 years ago
Zone 9
First year, but is growing very nicely and flowering. Waiting to see how it handles the AZ heat. I'll up my stars to 5 if it sets fruit!
May 4, 2018
over 4 years ago
Slow Growth
Plants arrived looking healthy and ready to take off; but they remained the same size until well into fall when they doubled in size. They were small to begin with so that isn't saying much. We'll see what they do this year.
May 3, 2018
over 4 years ago
Growing well.
Arrived too early and we had winter storm Stella and some more very cold weather.Some of the leaves died so I pinched them off. Now I see that it is starting to grow well. It came as a small plant so I will wait to see if it thrives. Since it survived some adverse conditions I've given it three stars for stamina.
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago