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inside a sliced lemon raspberry cake

Lemon Raspberry Cake

  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 slices


This lemon raspberry cake is bursting with flavor, including layers of white lemon cake, lemon pastry cream, raspberry jam, and whipped raspberry cream cheese frosting.


Lemon Pastry Cream

  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks (save whites for cake)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) whole milk
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) heavy cream
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Lemon Cake

  • 3 1/4 cups (397g) cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup (220g) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) buttermilk*
  • Heaping 1/2 cup raspberry preserves (for between cake layers)

Raspberry Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, chilled
  • 1 cup (100g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground freeze dried raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) heavy cream


Lemon Pastry Cream

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and egg yolks until smooth, creamy, and lightened in color.
  2. Dampen a paper towel and place it under the bowl.
  3. Now add the milk, heavy cream, and zest to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat just until it starts to steam.
  4. While whisking, slowly pour the steaming cream into the egg yolk mixture. Continue whisking until everything is mixed together.
  5. Pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan and place over medium heat.
  6. Whisk continuously until the mixture thickens. Once it’s bubbling, cook for 1 minute then remove from heat and whisk in the butter, followed by lemon juice and vanilla.
  7. Run the cream through a fine mesh strainer. Then cover the cream with a sheet of plastic wrap, patting the plastic wrap up against the surface of the cream.
  8. Chill while we make the cake.

Lemon Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease three 8″ cake pans. Cover the bottoms with a sheet of parchment paper and wrap the pans in damp cake strips if you have them.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl (using a hand or stand mixer with the paddle attachment), add the sugar and zest and use your fingers to rub the zest into the sugar.
  4. Add the butter and mix on medium high speed until smooth and fluffy (about 2 minutes mixing).
  5. Scrape down the bowl and mix in the oil.
  6. Then mix in the egg whites, followed by the whole egg and vanilla.
  7. Alternating between the dry ingredients and buttermilk, mix in 1/3 of the dry, 1/2 of the milk, 1/3 of the dry, 1/2 of the milk, and 1/3 of the dry.
  8. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the bowl to ensure everything is well mixed.
  9. Divide the batter between the three pans and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Allow the cakes to cool either at room temp or sped up in the refrigerator. Once chilled, level off the tops of the cakes if needed.

Raspberry Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer with the whisk attachment, mix the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Then add the powdered sugar and slowly mix to combine.
  3. Mix in the ground freeze dried raspberries.
  4. With the mixer running on medium speed, slowly stream in the whipping cream. Once it’s all mixed in, crank up to high speed and mix until light and fluffy.


  1. Add about half of the frosting to a piping bag with a large star tip and the chilled lemon pastry cream to another piping bag with a large round tip.
  2. Lay down a layer of cake and pipe a border of frosting around the edge.
  3. Spread half of the raspberry preserves within the border. Pipe a layer of lemon pastry cream on top and gently spread it even, making it level and flush with the frosting border.
  4. Lay another cake on top and repeat this process.
  5. Once all three layers of cake are placed, cover the cake with the remaining frosting and use an excess to pipe swirls on top.
  6. Decorate with raspberries and lemon slices, then chill the cake for about 30 minutes to allow the layers to set.
  7. Now slice and enjoy!


BUTTERMILK – This can also be made with whole milk and vinegar. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of milk, remove 1 1/2 tbsp, and replace with 1 1/2 tbsp of vinegar. Mix and let it sit for about 5 minutes to curdle.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lemon raspberry cake, raspberry lemon cake, lemon cake with raspberry filling, lemon pastry cream

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