Growing up in Louisiana, Amber Wilson learned to cook alongside generations of great Southern women. Among the enduring lessons they taught her: to use all her senses when searching out a ripe melon, to keep her cast iron skillet well-seasoned, and-of course-to always reach for White Lily® flour when baking up tender cakes and biscuits. Now, as a new mother herself, she looks forward to passing along that kitchen wisdom and more. Here, she shares a recipe for a simple, quintessentially Southern snacking cake that can be adapted to any season or occasion, from lazy breakfast to festive Easter brunch.

“When I’m creating a recipe that calls for self-rising flour, it’s always White Lily®. My relationship with it was developed over batches and batches of homemade biscuits, pancakes, and waffles on Saturday mornings. I’ll always remember waking up in my grandmother’s house in Lake Charles, to the scent of chicory coffee and bread in the air—and the sound of the bag ruffling as my grandmother diligently scooped flour into a bowl, making our breakfast.

There are a few Southern brands that are a staple in my pantry—things that I grew up with and that I value for their consistent quality—and White Lily® is one of them. It makes the fluffiest pancakes and perfect cakes. That’s why, when I was making this berry cake for my cookbook, I knew I had to use it. It gives the cake a wonderful texture and has this magical way of staying light enough that the berries stay suspended in the batter instead of sinking to the bottom.

I love using sweet, inky blackberries in this cake, but it is so versatile there are endless ways you could make it your own or adapt it to the changing seasons. Substituting blueberries and adding lemon zest is delightful for springtime and swapping in fresh cranberries and orange zest is perfect for the winter or holiday time.

This is such a quick and dependable treat—and now that I’m becoming a mom, I can imagine it donning many breakfast tables and future birthday parties and holiday celebrations. I love the idea of passing on the sense-memory of the feel and sound of pulling out a bag of White Lily® flour—and making wonderful new kitchen traditions.”

Amber Wilson is the author of the For the Love of the South blog and book.