Lemon Raspberry Cake
A light and fluffy lemon cake with fresh raspberries and a fresh lemon cream cheese frosting. A sweet and tangy lemon berry cake!
It's my husband's birthday and we make a big deal about birthdays in our home. It all starts with the cake. They get to choose any flavor of cake they can dream up in their head. I have shared some of the unique requests in my days! Dean loves this lemon raspberry cake but also goes crazy for my Love at First Sight Chocolate Cake. You can't get much different than lemon and chocolate though so he is quite conflicted.
I can vouch for this cake and tell you with 100% surety that you will fall in love with it. This lemon berry cake is always a slam dunk and gets rave reviews! It is made with fresh lemon juice and fresh raspberries which I think makes a big difference. You can tell a difference when using freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest and when you get it from the bottle.
I have shared before how my sister-in-law owns a cake business and we share the same philosophy. The number one priority when making a homemade cake is that it needs to taste good. Sometimes cakes can look so pretty and be perfectly polished but no one wants to eat the frosting and the cake is barely edible. I am all about the balance! This Lemon Raspberry Cake is a beautiful homemade cake that also tastes amazing!
I have made a few cakes in my days and after much experimentation, I have found that oil works like a charm for creating a tender, moist cake. I also love to use buttermilk to create the perfect texture. You can also use whole milk with a touch of vinegar in a pinch. Fresh lemon juice and zest is a must in this cake! It is what brightens it and gives it the punch of fresh flavor.
How to make the Best Lemon Raspberry Cake:
- In a large mixing bowl, add canola oil, eggs, buttermilk, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix for 2 minutes. If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can make homemade buttermilk by mixing whole milk and 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar. Let stand for at least 10-15 minutes to let it curdle before adding it to the mixture.
- Add sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Don't overmix the cake batter. Once you add the flour, if you overmix, it will result in a tougher cake. In a small bowl, toss fresh raspberries with a touch of flour to make sure the raspberries don't sink to the bottom of the cake. Carefully fold in the raspberries to the batter.
- Prepare baking pans. I prefer to use three 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans. This way you get more filling and the cakes bake faster since they are thinner. You can use parchment paper rounds and also spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
- Bake until toothpick comes out clean in the center. Always set the timer for the lowest suggested baking time and check your cake layers. You can always add more time but there's no really salvaging an over baked cake.
- To make the frosting, make sure the butter and cream cheese is softened and at room temperature. This will help to ensure the frosting is completely smooth.
- Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices.
More favorite Modern Honey cake recipes:
- Key Lime Cake
- LEMON Olive Oil Cake
- VANILLA Cupcakes
- YELLOW Cake with Chocolate Frosting
- Love at First Sight CHOCOLATE Cake
- Chocolate RASPBERRY Cake
- COCONUT Cake
- RED VELVET Cake
- Jeff's Best BANANA Cake
- Southern CARAMEL Cake
- BERRY Chantilly Cream Cake
My favorite cake baking essentials:
USA 8-inch cake pans
USA 9-inch cake pans
Icing Angled Spatula
I don’t use seed oils so we substitute the veg oil with applesauce so yummy and super moist this way! I did two 9 in pans for 29 min. I’m so glad we found this recipe it’s a favorite!!
So yummy. This will be a go-to recipe for special events. The icing is perfect (don't mess with it!).
I would like to make this for a friend's birthday. She is diabetic, so I would prefer to make the cake with sugar substitute. Has anyone done this?
I AM IN LOVEEE! I have always sucked at anything to do with baking but this i aced! The instructions were clear and the recipe had the perfect balance of everything. Thank you so much <3
I made this recipe, following it exactly and absolutely loved it. I am not sure why others feel the need to alter a perfectly good recipe like this one but everyone likes things their own way. For this recipe, I will not alter it one bit since it is perfect as is and I will be making it for years to come to share with my loved ones! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe!
Can I make cupcakes with this recipe?
Thank you for the great recipe, the cake batter was easy to make and turned out fabulous, moist and tender, better than a bakery ! (used three 9 inch pans, lined bottom only with parchment, butter and flour).
For a tender crumb, added 2 tablespoons cornstarch for each cup of flour. Reduced sugar to 1 1/2 cups.
After baking, for the bottom 2 layers, spread a thin layer of organic raspberry jam, then the frosting.
Only comment on the frosting: if you don't mind the fatty, super-sweet taste from the icing sugar, the frosting held the cake up nicely, and do chill the frosting to help add stability to the cake. The super-sweet, fatty frosting adds big calories and guaranteed to give a sugar crash.
For frosting next time, will make a stable (with unflavored gelatin), and a small amount of honey into whipped cream, adding real raspberry juice for color and flavor. Wrap any remaining leftover slices in parchment and freezer bag and into the freezer.
Made this receipt for my daughter (family) for her Mother's Day and everyone LOVED it! Used a smidge more zest & juice for a more prominent lemon flavor, but followed everything else to a tee! I did do the 3 layer version, which is aesthetically fabulous when you cut into it! The cake is moist and delicious!
Made this for our family Birthday celebration and it was a huge success. I used frozen raspberries, extra lemon zest and lemon extract in both the cake and frosting. I wanted there to be no mistaking this was a lemon, raspberry cake. The cake was very moist and the icing was very rich without being cloyingly sweet. Next time I might try leaving out the raspberries and just add a layer of raspberry jam in between the layers. This is definitely going into my “Family Favorites” cookbook. Thank you for sharing.
My cake stuck to my pans. I wish it would have said grease and flour the pans. I figured there was a reason she said use nonstick spray.😟. The frosting has turned out wonderfully. I did use one and a half cups sugar for the cake batter and it is plenty sweet. So if anyone else makes this recipe grease and flour your pans!!
This is my favorite cake recipe because it is so light and fresh! I make this during the spring time and everyone is obsessed with it's flavor!
This recipe is fantastic; I made it for Christmas and it was so pretty!! It was wonderful and so flavorful.
I used gluten free-flour because my daughter has an alergy to gluten. Mine took a little longer to bake; I just kept checking till my toothpick came out clean. Maybe it took longer because of the flour, but it still came out perfect!
This recipe is a keeper. Thanks!
I made this cake for my daughter's birthday. She wanted a home make cake. I am glad I selected this recepi. it turned out delicious and best of all my family loved it!
I made this cake this past weekend and let me tell you, it was a HIT! I love baking and I was on a hunt for a new cake recipe to try and I’m SO GLAD I stumbled upon this cause it is delicious. Thank you for posting. I will be making it again as it is looking to be a favorite.
Amazing recipe! Super easy to make and delicious. I used cooking spray with a little flour for the pans and the cakes released easily and were gorgeous.
So confused by this recipe! Instructions say to cream oil and eggs without the sugar, but creaming means to mix sugar with fats! Next instruction says to "stir and fold" dry ingredients into wet. When you fold, you want to not deflate the mix, but the dry and wet ingredients need to be more vigorously combined than just "folding." The batter filled my 2-8" pans a bit more than halfway and after 40 minutes, my cakes are still wet in the middle besides being deflated. I followed the directions completely. Argh!
I have never posted a message on any recipes I make. This is my first one. The cake is fabulous and the frosting just superb. Great combination!
I made this cake for Easter dinner yesterday. It was amazing! Perfectly lemony and nice pop of raspberry. Both of my daughters are claiming they want it for their birthday. I'll be making it again for sure! Thank you so much for the recipe.
For those wondering - the recipe calls for buttermilk, but she refers to whole milk in the methods. Use buttermilk (as per her tips in the previous section.
This cake is seriously 10/10
Can you make in a 9 x 13 pan?.