Lemon Raspberry Buttermilk Cake Recipe

Moist and velvety lemon cake with juicy raspberry filling and raspberry buttercream frosting! The buttermilk in this cake recipe makes the lemon cake extra tender. The perfect dessert for a summer BBQ! Makes three 6"x2" cakes or two 8"x2" cakes
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Total Time: 45 mins
Serves: 8 cups
lemon raspberry cake

Lemon Raspberry Cake With Lots Of Lemon Zest And Fresh Raspberry Filling Is A Summertime Favorite

lemon raspberry cake

Lemon raspberry cake is a reader favorite! Watch my video on how to make a delicious lemon raspberry cake with raspberry filling and raspberry buttercream! Talk about raspberry overload!

Lemon raspberry cake needs to be on your summer baking list! If you love my vanilla cake recipe or my classic lemon cake recipe you’re gonna flip over this one.

This fresh lemon raspberry cake is packed full of lemon flavor but my favorite part is the fresh raspberry filling swirled throughout the cake and the yummy bites of raspberries!

lemon raspberry cake

So pretty! The cake is frosted and filled with my go-to easy buttercream frosting, topped with more raspberry filling for the drip. Sliced lemons and more raspberries look so yummy!

fresh picked raspberries

One of my best friends Kelsey happens to have about 50 raspberry bushes next to her house (lucky girl) and recently brought me over about three pounds! I was SO excited! But as you know, raspberries spoil very quickly so even though I hadn’t planned on baking that day, I baked THREE raspberry goodies which I’ll be posting over the next two weeks.

Lemon Cake Recipe

lemon raspberry cake

Let’s start with the lemon portion of this lemon raspberry cake! This is actually my favorite lemon cake recipe that I have been using for years with an extra bit of lemon extract and lemon juice. I feel like lemon cake that has too much extract tastes like candy so I prefer to get most of my flavor from the zest.

lemon cake

This cake recipe is made with cake flour which is a very delicate white flour. Cake flour gives you the most delicious tender crumb when combined with the reverse mixing method.

When making this cake, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature so that they properly combine. Cold milk or butter will curdle the mixture and cause your cake to fall flat. Literally.

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You’ll also want to use a scale. If you try to google volume measurements (cups) I promise it won’t turn out and do you really want to waste all that precious butter? You can get the scale I use on amazon or you can buy a scale at pretty much any store for under $20.

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If you’re like me and you forget to bring your ingredients to room temperature ahead of time, you can use my lazy baker hack. I place my eggs in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes, microwave my milk for 30 seconds (time varies depending on your microwave) and I microwave my butter for 20 seconds. Voila!

Raspberry Filling
raspberry filling

One of the most awesome things about raspberries is they make a fantastic filling! This recipe is basically raspberry jam plus a little cornstarch to make it a bit more stable for using as a cake filling. The cornstarch doesn’t make it TOO thick though so you can totally use it like a refrigerator jam and spread it on everything from pound cake to biscuits (which I TOTALLY did).

raspberry filling

To make the raspberry filling all you do is combine the raspberries with the sugar and bring to a boil. I choose to use an immersion blender to make the filling more smooth but you can leave it chunky.

lemon raspberry cake

Add in your lemon and cornstarch slurry and let it simmer until clear and smooth. let cool before using it inside your cakes. I like to pour mine into a cake pan and spread it thin so it cools faster.

How To Make A Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake

lemon raspberry cake

To make this moist lemon cake into a raspberry lemon cake, I mix up my lemon batter as usual and then before baking, I swirl in some dollops of raspberry filling and sprinkle in some fresh raspberries.

raspberry lemon cake

The raspberry tends to sink to the bottom so I leave all the good stuff at the top to keep it as suspended in the batter as possible. I dust my raspberries with some flour to help adhere them to the batter and keep them from sinking.

lemon raspberry cake

I baked this lemon raspberry cake in the morning and then chilled them in the freezer until they where firm enough to handle (about an hour).

Then I filled them with easy buttercream and raspberry filling. I topped the cake with some sliced lemon, more raspberries and berry drip. I was in a hurry to get to dinner with my cake so I just used a spoon to drizzle but you could put the filling into a piping bag and make a cleaner drip.

lemon raspberry cake

This lemon raspberry cake was SUCH a huge hit! The kids devoured it and I must admit I went in for a second slice. Even as I’m blogging about this I am thinking about the next time I can make this yummy cake!

Make sure you check out the video in the recipe for more details on how to make this luscious lemon raspberry cake with raspberry filling.


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Lemon Raspberry Buttermilk Cake Recipe

Moist and velvety lemon cake with juicy raspberry filling and raspberry buttercream frosting! The buttermilk in this cake recipe makes the lemon cake extra tender. The perfect dessert for a summer BBQ! Makes three 6"x2" cakes or two 8"x2" cakes
4.98 from 46 votes
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Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Serves: 8 cups
Calories: 432kcal


Raspberry Filling

  • 16 oz (454 g) fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 5 oz (142 g) sugar
  • 1 Tbsp (1 Tbsp) lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp (1 Tbsp) lemon juice
  • 4 oz (113 g) cool water
  • 1 Tbsp (1 Tbsp) corn starch

Lemon Raspberry Cake Ingredients

  • 13 oz (369 g) cake flour
  • 12 oz (340 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (1/2 tsp) salt
  • 2 tsp (2 tsp) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (1/2 tsp) baking soda
  • 8 oz (227 g) unsalted butter
  • 8 oz (284 g) buttermilk Or regular milk with 1 Tbsp white vinegar added
  • 3 oz (85 g) vegetable oil
  • 3 (3 ) large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp (1 Tbsp) lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp (2 Tbsp) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp (2 tsp) lemon extract
  • 2 Tbsp (2 Tbsp) AP Flour for dusting berries
  • 10 oz (284 g) raspberries You can use frozen but don't thaw them


  • 4 oz (113 g) pasteurized egg whites room temperature
  • 16 oz (454 g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 16 oz (454 g) powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp (454 g) lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp (2 tsp) salt
  • 4 oz (113 g) raspberry puree


Raspberry Filling Instructions

  • Combine raspberries and sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Use an immersion blender to make the filling smooth (or leave chunky if you prefer).  
    Combine your cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Pour it into the raspberry mixture and let it simmer until mixture is clear and thickened. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and zest and let cool before using. 

    Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for 6 months. 

Buttercream Instructions

  • Place egg whites and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment. Whisk to combine. Add in butter in small chunks then vanilla extract and salt. 
    Whip on high until light and fluffy and white.
    Optional: whip in 1/4 cup raspberry puree
    Optional: switch to the paddle attachment and mix on low for 15-20 minutes until all air bubbles are gone.

Lemon Raspberry Cake Instructions

  • Heat oven to 335º F/168º C — 350º F/177º C. I tend to use lower setting to prevent my cakes from getting too dark on the outside before the inside is done baking. Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature or slightly warm (eggs, buttermilk, butter)
  • Measure out buttermilk. Place 4 oz in separate measuring cup. Add oil to the 4oz of buttermilk and set aside. To the remaining milk, add your eggs (lightly whisked to break them up) extract, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • Measure out dry ingredients and place them into the stand mixer bowl.
  • Attach the paddle to the mixer, and turn on the slowest speed (setting 1 on Kitchen Aid mixers). Slowly add chunks of your softened butter until it is all added. Let mix until batter resembles coarse sand.
  • Add your milk/oil mixture all at once to the dry ingredients and mix on medium (speed 4 on kitchenaid) for 2 full minutes.
  • Scrape the bowl. This is an important step. If you skip it, you will have hard lumps of flour and unmixed ingredients in your batter. If you do it later, they will not mix in fully.
  • Slowly add in the rest of your liquid ingredients in 3 parts, stopping to scrape the bowl one more time halfway through. Your batter should be thick and not too runny.
  • Lightly grease 2 8" cake pans cake goop or other pan release. Fill pans 3/4 full. Give the pan a little tap on each side to level out the batter and get rid of any air bubbles.
  • Add 3-4 large dollops of your raspberry filling to the cake batter and use a spoon or knife to swirl it through the batter. I also add in about 1/4 cup of fresh raspberries dusted with flour sprinkled on top. Do not stir them in.
  • I always start by baking for 30 minutes for 8" and smaller cakes and 35 minutes for 9" and larger cakes and then checking for doneness. If the cakes are still really jiggly, I add another 5 minutes. I check every 2 minutes after that until I'm close and then it's every 1 minute. Cakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. 
  • After cakes have cooled for 10 minutes or the pans are cool enough to touch, flip the cakes over and remove from the pans onto the cooling racks to cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator.
  • Once the cakes are chilled in the refrigerator and feel firm you can trim off the brown edges from the sides (optional) and fill with your buttercream and more of your raspberry filling. It's best to create a dam (see video) to help hold in the raspberry filling and keep it from oozing out. Crumb coat the cake with buttercream, chill then apply your final coat of buttercream. Top with lemon slices, more raspberries and a drizzle of raspberry filling around the outside edge. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 432kcal (22%) | Carbohydrates: 50g (17%) | Protein: 6g (12%) | Fat: 24g (37%) | Saturated Fat: 15g (75%) | Cholesterol: 62mg (21%) | Sodium: 254mg (11%) | Potassium: 84mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 38g (42%) | Vitamin A: 680IU (14%) | Vitamin C: 0.7mg (1%) | Calcium: 41mg (4%) | Iron: 0.6mg (3%)
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Lemon raspberry cake slice on plate with a fork and lemon raspberry cake with raspberry drip. Fresh raspberries and lemons on top of the cake

118 comments on “Lemon Raspberry Cake

  1. in the cake recipe, do you weigh the liquid (milk, oil) ingredients? I have seen in discussions where some people say no and others that you weigh not the liquid and dry ingredients. Thank you for your time and generosity in sharing your knowledge.

      1. Thank you so much for responding. I really appreciate it.

  2. 5 stars
    Liz, thanks again for another WONDERFUL recipe! I made this cake and frosting last week for an Auntie’s special birthday party. There were all types of homemade cakes at the event, many of her favorites. I must say thought, everyone was asking who make this cake and raved at how good it was! I was so proud!! I really loved the reversing creaming method and the texture of the cake. I added extra zest in the batter as I really wanted a lemon punch. The frosting was DIVINE! Smooth, velvety and not at all overly sweet which allowed the zing of the lemon and raspberries to really shine through. Believe it or not, I have a couple of orders to make this again!
    Thanks again Liz for making me look good!!!

  3. Loved this recipe. Only one problem………measurements in oz not cups. Was a little difficult converting exact measurements. Would love to make this cake again but in Canadian cups and how many eggs.
    Made this for my son’s girlfriend’s birthday. She said it was the best Lemon Raspberry Cake she ever had.
    We all really enjoyed this cake. Love love love the butter cream frosting.

    1. Hi Janna, unfortunately, I only provide my recipes in oz. The reason is that measuring ingredients by weight is much more accurate and I hate to see people waste good ingredients using cups. A food scale can be purchased at most grocery stores 🙂

  4. Hi Liz. I’m trying to make this recipe but am confused about a few things. The recipe calls for buttermilk but the video uses milk and there was a comment from someone asking if they could use buttermilk and you replied that they would have to adjust the baking soda/powder. Also the recipe calls for lemon extract, lemon zest and lemon juice but again, the video doesn’t show when to add the lemon juice and the recipe also doesn’t say to add it. Help! And thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this cake for my friend’s birthday and everyone loved it! Thank you for an amazing recipe! I will definitely will be making it again 🙂 I wish I could post a picture of how it came out.

  6. This cake is so soft! I completely forgot the raspberries and I threw it in 20 minutes into baking . It still came out perfect!I wish I could post a picture!

  7. What do you mean by 13 oz of cake flour? I always use cups.

    1. Hi there, all my recipes are by weight. I don’t use cups because they are not accurate and are often the reason a recipe fails. You can use a food scale to weigh your ingredients.

      1. What type do you prefer? digital or analog scale? I have a scale but it looks like the clock(lbs, g) not digital.

  8. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this for my friend this week! I noticed that “lemon extract” is listed in both the cake and the icing, but I also see vanilla extract listed in the directions for the Buttercream and then just “extract” for the cake. Which one should be used, vanilla extract or lemon extract? Thanks!

      1. So so helpful!!! It looks delicious, cannot wait to devour!!

  9. Does this cake freeze well? I want to make it for my daughter’s birthday next weekend but my schedule is crazy at the end of the week. I was thinking I’d bake the cake this weekend, wrap it and freeze, then do the frosting Friday night or Saturday morning after the cake is defrosted. Thanks!

  10. I cannot wait to make this cake! Just a question on the buttercream ingredients. It says raspberry puree. Is that completely different than the raspberries in the other ingredients? Is it made separate or can it be bought already made?

    1. It’s a separate recipe, It’s optional if you don’t want to make it 🙂 I just had some leftover so I used them for the inside and the drip

  11. Hi! I’d love to make this cake for my birthday party this weekend. I wonder if you happen to have a cream cheese frosting recipe that I could use to substitute for the buttercream? I’m a sucker for cream cheese! Thank you!

  12. Hi! I have been waiting all year for my birthday to make this cake, but with a twist- custard and passionfruit curd filling and Italian buttercream frosting. I am mainly looking for a raspberry swirl cake and am wondering if you’ve ever made it without the lemon? I love lemon, but don’t want it to overpower the passionfruit. I would love to get your opinion on whether I should just cut back the lemon a bit or omit it all together? Your sponges are AMAZING and I am so grateful that you share your knowledge with all of us on the web- thank you so much!

  13. Hi Liz! And thanks for sharing your knowledge! Could this cake be covered with fondant or will it melt? Thanks again!!!

  14. Hi Liz!

    I have another question ? For buttercream in US customary it says 16oz of powdered sugar when in metrics it says 113g, but the reading some comments they mentioned they decrease that amount to 14oz so I understand is 16oz and of course not 113g but would like to get your confirmation before going ahead ? Thanks again!

  15. Hi Liz!

    I have tried this recipe but sadly my sponges sucked badly in the middle. What have I done wrong?


    1. They could have been improperly mixed (not enough time) or ingredients could have been too cold or the cake could have been under-baked

  16. Hi Liz
    Can I use this cake under the fondant without refrigerated?


    1. If you don’t refrigerate your cake before attempting to put fondant on you will have a hard time because the cake and the buttercream will be very soft. Even refrigeration for 20 minutes will be enough

  17. Hi Liz, thank you for an amazing recipe. I just tried your recipe for Easter dinner and it was amazing. I was a little worried that the swirled raspberry purée would make the cake a little mushy but it was perfection. The only thing was my cake took longer than 35 minutes to get done, it took about 50 minutes and I bake it in an 8 inch pan. I love your recipes and I am so happy that you are willing to share your knowledge with the rest of us. Thank you.

    1. Every oven is different. If you ever feel so inclined, get an oven thermometer and check the temp of your oven to see if it’s off a few degrees

  18. Hello, I was wondering for the frosting can I use 2 sticks of butter and 2 sticks of margarine? Will it still taste good?thank you

  19. Hi Liz ?

    Can I use strawberries instead of raspberries?

    Thank you.

  20. 5 stars
    Made this but changed the lemon to orange! Boy was it good. Its a keeper. I baked it in 8 inch pans and had to bake it around 45 minutes. I divided my frosting and added raspberry purre to one half and orange water and zest to the other. Loved the texture/crumb of the cake. Thank you for this recipe. Excited to try more.

  21. Hello, I want to make this cake for my wedding next weekend. It is a small ceremony since covid19 canceled our big wedding. I really love lemon curd. Do you think adding this instead of the butter cream in between the layers would be too much? If not what should come first? Thank you for your help.

    1. If your wedding is outside I would not recommend it because it is very soft. I like to mix the lemon curd in with the buttercream to make it more stable for making a cake and still getting that lemon flavor

  22. I graduate from PA this weekend and I want to make something yummy to celebrate! This looks wonderful! Could I add poppy seeds to your recipe to make a lemon poppy seed cake?

  23. How long does the raspberry compote keep in the fridge for Liz? I’ve popped it into some sterilized jars.

  24. Hi is it ok to use normal flour cant find cake flour in my area😅?

    1. Not for this recipe but check out my white cake recipe. You can replace the vanilla extract with lemon and add lemon zest 🙂

  25. Hey Liz, I noticed that your other cake recipes call for 284 grams of milk/buttermilk, but this recipe and your other blueberry variation call for 8oz or 284 grams.
    I calculated that 284 grams would be 10oz like the other recipes and not 8.
    Was this a typo? If not, will the 2oz less of milk make the cake more dry or affect the texture?
    Haha sorry in advance if this sounds confusing 🙂

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