Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake

This Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake has moist, light layers of lemon cake, lemon curd filling and a raspberry frosting. It’s decorated with buttercream, lemon slices and a few blossom flowers for a cake that’s perfect for summer!

Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake

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Lemon and Raspberry: My Favorite Flavor Combo in an Easy Cake

Lemon raspberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations this time of year and always reminds me of my grandmother. There are two things she’s always loved – cake with lots of icing and lemon. It’s a love of two things that we share.

I will always remember her birthday celebrations when I was a kid. There were always lots of big buttercream flowers involved. And since my birthday is on Christmas, she’d often make her birthday a mini half-year celebration of my own as well, just to be sure I didn’t feel cheated out of a birthday. 🙂

Instead of buttercream flowers on this cake though, I decided to go a bit simpler. There are buttercream swirls, some lemon slices and raspberries and a few fondant blossoms that are super easy to make. All of it sits on top of a little swirl that you make with an offset spatula. Relatively easy to do, but creates a great look.

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Inside the cake, you’ve got a moist lemon cake to start. It’s light, fluffy and pretty straightforward to make. Just be sure to not skimp on the creaming of the butter and sugar – always an important step.

Between the layers of cake is a lovely lemon curd and raspberry buttercream. Sweet and tart all in two beautiful layers. I suggest making the lemon curd and lemon cake layers first, then the frosting and putting it all together. The curd will take some time to cool completely after being made.

The outside of the cake is covered in more raspberry buttercream for a lovely pink and summery look. I love that all the pink color of the frosting comes just from the raspberry puree in the frosting. And for help with making a smoothly frosted cake, check out my tutorial, How to Frost a Smooth Cake with Buttercream.

This cake is incredibly moist and full of flavor. It’s a wonderful combination of sweet and tangy. I hope you love this cake as much as I do! It’s certainly perfect for spring and summer and great for any occasion.

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Recipe

Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake has moist, light layers of lemon cake, lemon curd filling and a raspberry frosting. It’s decorated with buttercream, lemon slices and a few blossom flowers for a cake that’s perfect for summer!


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Ingredients

LEMON CURD

  • 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter

LEMON CAKE

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ tbsp lemon zest
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup water

RASPBERRY FROSTING

  • 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cups vegetable shortening
  • 12 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups (9 oz) raspberries
  • 12 tbsp water or milk

ADDITONAL

  • Fondant
  • Pearl sprinkles
  • Yellow pearl dust

Instructions

TO MAKE LEMON CURD:

1. Combine all ingredients in a double boiler and heat while stirring constantly with a whisk. It’s done when it’s thick enough to coat the back of a smooth.
2. Refrigerate lemon curd until cool and thick.

TO MAKE CAKE LAYERS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease the sides.
2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
3. Add vanilla extract, sour cream and lemon zest and mix until combined.
4. Add egg whites in two batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure all is incorporated and smooth.
5. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another small bowl or measuring cup, combine milk and water.
6. Had half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until combined. Add milk/water combination and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
7. Divide batter evenly between the three 8 inch pans and bake for 23-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.

TO MAKE RASPBERRY FROSTING:

1. Puree fresh raspberries, then press through a fine mess sieve to remove pulp and seeds. You should end up with about ½ a cup of raspberry liquid.
2. Combine butter and shortening and beat until smooth.
3. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
4. Add raspberry liquid and beat until well combined.
5. Slowly add remaining powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
6. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk or water, as needed, to thin out the frosting.

TO PUT THE CAKE TOGETHER:

1. Remove the tops of the cakes with a large serrated knife, so they are flat. Place first cake on serving plate or on a cardboard cake circle.
2. Top cake with about ¾ cup of raspberry frosting and spread into an even layer. Pipe a dam of raspberry frosting around the outside edge of the cake, then fill it with half of the lemon curd.
3. Top lemon curd with second layer of cake and repeat another layer of raspberry frosting and lemon curd.
4. Add final layer of cake, the frost the outside of the cake with the raspberry frosting.
5. Before the frosting on top of the cake has a chance to firm up too much, use your offset spatula to create the lines on top. Starting from the center, hold the tip of your spatula on the cake at about a 30-45 degree angle. Your cake should be on a turntable so that it’s easy to turn the cake and complete the circle. Make one circle at a time, moving from the center of the cake to the outside.
6. Pipe several tall swirls of frosting on the back half of the top of the cake, leaving some space between for adding lemon slices and raspberries. Add lemon slices and raspberries to cake.
7. To make the fondant flowers, use a small blossom cutter. Use a brush to dust a little bit of yellow pearl dust in the center, then add a little bit of sugar water* in the center of the flower and press a small pearl sprinkle into the center. Add flowers to cakes.

Cake should be refrigerated until ready to serve. Best served after allowing to sit out for about 30 minutes.

* To make the sugar water, add about 2 tbsp of water to a small bowl. Break up a few pieces of fondant and place it into the water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and dissolve the fondant. It will create a sticky sugar water that will help the sprinkles stick to the center of the flowers.


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Enjoy!

 

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Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake - a light, moist lemon cake with lemon curd filling and raspberry frosting! So light, sweet, tart and the perfect dessert for summer!

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    1. Lindsay

      Sure, just wrap it well with clear wrap and then foil and then freeze it. Then thaw it in the fridge prior to frosting.

  1. Claudia

    Hi, I can’t wait to try this recipe. I would like to cover the cake with fondant. Is the raspberry frosting stable enough? I’m worried the raspberries might make it too wet or cause it to split.

  2. FoxWix

    Amazing recipe! Made this recipe for my prom this year! However, raspberries are expensive where I live, so I ended up using the excess raspberries from making the frosting to decorate the top.

  3. Jennifer

    Hi, i made this for my daughter’s 19th, the lemon cake came out very dense and light on the lemon flavor… what did I do wrong? Maybe I should’ve whip the egg whites and folded them in? Or is this a dense cake? The frosting and curd were fine, although my frosting needed much more liquid and i doubled my curd.

    I really loved the decorations you made it was very elegant. I would love to make it again, if I could get the cake lighter.

    1. Lindsay

      I’m not sure if you did anything wrong or not. But a common mis-step is to not fully cream the butter and sugar together, which can give a more dense cake. Or to over-mix the batter at the end. That said, this lemon cake is a more recent recipe and is much lighter. You could use that and then use the raspberry frosting from this cake in the future.

    2. Daneen Rucki

      For my daughters 17th birthday, I made this cake – it is the first cake I’ve made from scratch in over a decade. I had to use frozen raspberries for the sauce and I didn’t have 8” pans so I used two 9” and a much smaller one (just not sure of the size). Both minor changes worked out just fine. I also couldn’t find my decorating tools so I just painted on some raspberry sauce and used fresh fruit to decorate the pretty pink frosting. The cake was a big hit thanks in large part to the delicious lemon curd. Thanks for the recipe,

  4. Sredna

    I followed your directions to the letter and they were very clear and well written! The cake turned out fabulous and we all enjoyed this very special cake for my bday. Thanks a lot!

  5. Anna

    Wow amazing cake! I am planning to make this for someone with celiac and need it to be gluten free. Would the flour substitution be in a 1:1 ratio? Also, if I wanted to make this into three 9inch layers just as thick how much would I need to expand the recipe? Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      I haven’t tried a gluten free all purpose flour before, but usually it’s a 1:1 ratio. As for adjusting the batter for a 9 inch pan, I don’t know. I’m sorry. You could make it as is and have thinner layers though.

  6. Regan

    Hii!! I am reading your book on this cake and I was wondering if there was any way I could use less powdered sugar in the frosting. I am cooking for a little bit of an older crowd and I didn’t want to give them a sugar overload. Thank you!!!

    1. Lindsay

      You can reduce the powdered sugar, but it does change the consistency of the frosting and make it thinner. You’ll also get less volume of frosting. If you want to read more about why I use the consistency of frosting I do, you can check out my post on frosting consistency.

  7. Ima Turtle

    I made this yesterday. I had never made a custard before so that was a good experience. The cake was nice and moist — I guess because only egg whites were used? I doubled down on the lemon zest 🙂 I made the raspberry puree which I found incredible especially when paired with the lemon custard. 2.5 cups of butter and 12 cups of powdered sugar made enough to frost two cakes. I was a bit sad to have so much left over buttercream. I learned so much from this recipe and enjoyed making it. My friends enjoyed eating it. I put extra COLD temperature raspberry puree into the butter cream with a touch of milk to whip it up so that it was easily spreadable. If you aren’t sure if your buttercream is too stiff or soft enough, take a little out of the bowl and spread it with your spreading knife on a plate. If it spreads easily and is light and fluffy, you’re good to go. The pinkness of the cake reminded me of the cherry blossoms in our neighbourhood.
    We at ImATurtle.com rate this recipe 5🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢’s and say it’s Turtle Approved. Be a good turtle.

  8. Mandy White

    Oops!   Just realized I have lemon juice, but no lemons.  Could I replace the water in the cake with lemon juice to achieve the lemon flavor?   

    1. Lindsay

      No, adding lemon juice in place of water adds more acidity to the cake, so there’d be other adjustments necessary for that to work.

  9. Sam

    Would I just drop everything by 1/3 if I wanted to make it a two layer cake? I’m new to baking and don’t want to start with something so big, plus it’s only being made for 4 people and the calorie count is scary lol.

    Thank you,

    1. Lindsay

      It depends on how much cake you want. You could certainly adjust it by a third and just have a smaller cake. Or you could divide the batter between two cake pans instead of three and bake them for a little longer.

  10. Michelle

    Hi there! You’re my hero! Your recipes are amazing!

    I wanted to make this cake for my Dads birthday but don’t want pink icing so I was thinking of substituting the raspberries for raspberry emulsion….have you ever done this before in your recipes? And any idea of much I should use?

    Thanks so much! 

    1. Lindsay

      I haven’t ever used an emulsion. I believe the flavor of them is much stronger. With the frosting, it should be a little easier to adjust. I would add a small amount first, maybe half a teaspoon, and then add more from there after you taste it.

  11. Shairoz

    Thanks for a great recipe!
    Look forward to cutting into it!
    I’m not the greatest decorator, I think I need a turn table.

    1. Lindsay

      I’m so glad you’re happy with it! A turntable is certainly an essential tool if you’re trying to get a nice looking cake. 🙂

  12. Robin Makki

    Looks wonderful, but I am not very skilled with layers and decorating. Could this be adjusted to make a single layer sheet cake?

  13. J Newman

    I made this a year ago for baby’s 1st birthday and I’m back again to make it for her 2nd. The cake and curd are both amazing but I used another raspberry buttercream as the shortening where I am makes icing weird.  Everyone enjoyed the cake and the amount of lemon flavour is perfect. Fantastic recipe

    1. Lindsay

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! As for the shortening in the frosting, that can be replaced in any frosting recipe of mine with the same amount of butter.

  14. Eliza Weibell

    This cake turned out beautifully for my little sister’s birthday! It had a perfect balance of sweetness to tartness, and perfect texture! Thank you for a great recipe!:)

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