Babycakes blackberry variety

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Dwarf thornless primocane-fruiting blackberry for flowerpots, terraces, small home gardens and for decorative purposes

Botanical designation

Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Babycakes'

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of APF-120T x APF-132T

Variety denomination

Variety denomination - 'APF-236T'

Plants are

Plants are thornless

Bushes have

Bushes have erect canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 6 g


Berries have a oblong shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - primocane-fruiting (everbearing)

Flowering on floricanes starts in the

Flowering on floricanes starts in the first week of May

Ripening date (regular) -

Ripening date (regular) - second week of June

Blooming on primocanes starts in the

Blooming on primocanes starts in the third week of July

Ripening date (remontant) -

Ripening date (remontant) - first week of September

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 10.4%


Acidity - 1.02%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is good

Heat tolerance is

Heat tolerance is low

Country of origin

Country of origin - United States


Patent US PP27,032 P2 dated August 07, 2016

Current status

Current status - modern or widely used

Babycakes (patented as APF-236T) is dwarf thornless primocane-fruiting cultivar from Arkansas. This blackberry easily can grow in flowerpots, terraces, other small places and for decorative purposes.
Plants of Babycakes cultivar are moderately vigorous. Both primocanes and floricanes are erect in growth habit. The canes of Babycakes plant are self-supporting and do not require trellising during fruiting. The plants are fully thornless. Primocane fruit and flowers are borne on the cane terminus or on lateral branches if primocanes are tipped, and fruiting continues down the primocane during the season. Canes usually attain a length of 0.5 m prior to the appearance of flower buds. The number of nodes down the cane that develop flowers is largely dependent on the length and conditions of the late summer to fall growing period. Total height of Babycakes plants can achieve up to 1,5 m.
The floricane bloom period of Babycakes starts at the beginning of May, reaches peak on 7-15 May and finishes on 25-30 May. Primocane bloom period begins at the middle of July, reaches its peak at the end of July, and continues into October or the first hard freeze. Fruit and flower clusters are medium-large  and are mostly borne on the periphery of the plant.
Floricane fruit begins ripening at the middle June. Primocane fruit are ripe at the beginning of September (on tipped primocanes). The fruit is medium, approximately 6 g. Berries of Babycakes are oblong to slightly ovate in shape and shiny black in color. The fresh fruit rates good in flavor. The flavor is sweet and mildly acidic, with low amounts of the bitterness that is present in some blackberries. 
Babycakes in trial fields show moderate susceptible to downy mildew. Winter hardiness is about -15 C.

Babycakes  sweet?

Is blackberry Babycakes sweet?

Babycakes blackberries have a balanced sour-sweet flavor
Diseases susceptibility

What diseases is blackberry variety Babycakes vulnerable to?

Babycakes is quite prone to diseases such as Grey MoldStamen blight
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Reviews of the variety Babycakes

Review from [BUSHEL AND BERRY®]

Grow your own blackberries next year with Baby Cakes® blackberry plant! Baby Cakes® is a small, thornless blackberry perfect for patio pots.

Review from [KEVIN REILLY]

I have it in 7b north Georgia. True dwarf needs no staking berry quality is pretty good. In a colder zone it would be easy to insulate canes since they are so short. Could also be kept in pot and brought in garage to protect from cold.


In this video I am planting Bushel and Berries Baby Cakes variety blackberries. These blackberries are perfect for container gardening and they also make a great patio plant. If you are limited on space and want to grow blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries, Bushel and Berries has made varieties of fruit that is perfect for container gardening.

Review from [GLOVER NURSERY]

Ryan Glover with Glover Nursery describes what makes the Baby Cakes Blackberry bush so unique.

Review from [POTTED LIVING]

My Babycakes blackberry bush finally has some small fruit but it is nothing near normal. That is because I cut the bush last winter right to the base. This delayed my berries from arriving until the beginning of fall and the sun intensity just isn't enough this time of year to support big fruit.

Review from [POTTED LIVING]

The flowers have started blooming on my Babycakes Blackberry Bush. Within a month it will be loaded with fresh fruit for eating. Sweet, wonderful and easy to grow berries.

Review from [POTTED LIVING]

The Babycakes Blackberry Bush is super easy to grow and produces fairly sweet and somewhat sour blackberries. I love this plant because it is super low maintenance. All it needs is good water and at least 5 hours of sun and you will have an abundance of fruit all summer long.

Review from [JOSHUA T.]

I went this sight and was a little scared from ordering from them at 1st. Then I saw they give insurance on their plants for a dollar. That put my mind at ease. I live at an elevation of 9494. So we have very few plants that we can grow. It came with blooms and berries on it already!!!!!! I was excited! Plus the delivery was quick and right to my door. Was delivered during a snow storm and no frost damage. Now I am waiting for it warm up enough so I can take it out from underneath the grow light. Which mind you this plant has not skipped a beat from the transfer from the pot to the 5 gal. Producing flowers and berries even before it gets some real sun light. The price you pay is for quality. I have suckers that are long enough to clone. I am excited for this grow season

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