Beat together until well mixed:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Stir into shortening and sugar with 1/2 cup milk. Beat until smooth. Pour into a greased 8x8-inch pan or dish.
Spoon 1 to 1-1/2 cups blackberries over the batter. Sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar over the fruit.
Pour 1 cup fruit juice (or water, if there is no juice) over the sugar.
Bake in a 375 degrees F oven until golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.
Dorry Lou Wharton, Louisa, Virginia