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The Best 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! #lemoncake #cake #lemonraspberrycake

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.

The Best 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! #lemoncake #cake #lemonraspberrycake

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!

The Best 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! #lemoncake #cake #lemonraspberrycake

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.

The Best 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! #lemoncake #cake #lemonraspberrycake

How to make the Best Lemon Raspberry Cake:

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices.

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Lemon Raspberry Cake

By: Modern Honey - www.modernhoney.com
The Best Light and Fluffy Lemon Cake with Fresh Raspberries and a Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup Canola Oil (or vegetable or olive oil)
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Zest
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups Flour (plus 2 Tablespoons more for the raspberries)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Fresh Raspberries (plus more for garnish)

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup Butter (softened)
  • (1) 8-ounce pkg. Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 4 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Zest

Garnish:

  • 1 cup Fresh Raspberries
  • Lemon Slices

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, add oil, eggs, buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Cream for 2 minutes. 
  • In large bowl, add sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into egg mixture and fold. 
  • In a small bowl, carefully toss raspberries with 2 Tablespoons of flour to coat them. This helps to keep the raspberries from sinking to the bottom. Fold into the batter.
  • Spray three 8-inch or three 9-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. You can also use two 9-inch pans but the baking time will be longer. Place batter into baking pans. If using three 8-inch pans, bake for 20-26 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. If using three 9-inch pans, bake for 19-23 minutes. If using two 9-inch pans, bake for 30-36 minutes. Cool.

To make Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl often. Add powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest and cream together. Chill.

To assemble cake:

  • Remove cakes from pan. Spread frosting on top of one cooled cake layer. Place other cooled cake layer on top and spread frosting all over. Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices.
    Optional: Let chill for 20-30 minutes to let the frosting set up.

Notes

*You may use cake flour for a more tender crumb

Nutrition

Calories: 495kcal, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 261mg, Potassium: 115mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 60g, Vitamin A: 268IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 495
Keyword: lemon raspberry cake
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      1. 4 stars
        The first time i made this cake, it was a 4- batch version in geometric shapes … octagon, square, circles … for a geometry- themed baby shower. The bottom octagon took two fullb batches. It was definitely lemony enough. I used came floor and wonder if that didn’t make it more spongy? Trying again today with regular flour. Wanted the raspberries to stay pretty whole so froze then a bit and still added flour. Made 4 batches of frosting too, but because the cake was layered, 3 would have been. Everyone loved it! I am making it again today because I’m doing a birthday dinner for a shower guest who enjoyed it. Baking times cited are definitely off. I bumped it up to 350 in a convection oven and almost doubled the time. The smell will tell you when it’s done! The timing is the only reason this is 4 rather than 5 stars.

  1. At the moment, I have this cake in my oven. I used to 9 inch round baking pans at 325. It has been 30 minutes and I checked on it (light only, I did not open the oven door). It is still very liquidy. I kicked the temperature up to 350 for another 20 minutes. I sure hope I am not wasting all of the ingredients and my time. It look and sounds delicious. I am making it for company tomorrow. Also, I have no issues at all with my oven and have used it over and over again this holiday season. I thought 325° sounded a little bit low and I had to check the temperature to make sure I had it correct. Please comment! Thank you!

    1. I had the same issue with the suggested bake time and ended up needing an additional 10-15 minutes. I kept the temperature the same and checked after total of 45 min bake time and toothpick came out clean. The cake was still very moist and not over baked for that time frame.

  2. Your photo shows fresh raspberries in the frosting in between the layers but you don’t mention that or how many you used… and that’s what I came here to discover because “too much” is my middle name. How many raspberries did you put in the middle?

  3. I’m a bit confused. You specify 3 cake pans, but the pictures and directions are for a two-layer cake. It looks so good and I’d like to make it for a neighborhood dinner, but I want to get it right!

  4. 5 stars
    I hardly ever leave reviews but I just made this cake for my husband’s birthday and it was absolutely amazing. The only thing I did differently was added about 2 tablespoons more lemon juice to the batter and 1/2 cup of sour cream because I wanted to make sure it would be moist…, but I think it would’ve still been moist enough without it because of the buttermilk. I also used all purpose flour. The frosting was very good as well. I definitely recommend this recipe!