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

The Best Light and Fluffy Lemon Cake with Fresh Raspberries and a Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon raspberry cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 16
Author Modern Honey -


  • 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


  • 1 cup Fresh Raspberries
  • Lemon Slices


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, add oil, eggs, whole milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Cream for 2 minutes. 

  2. In large bowl, add sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into egg mixture and fold. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 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:

  1. 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:

  1. 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.

Recipe Notes

*You may use cake flour for a more tender crumb