The Best Raspberry Lemon Cake

This Raspberry Lemon Cake recipe with lemon buttercream is made with yogurt, fresh raspberries, and lots of lemon juice for an old fashioned from scratch layer cake that’s perfect any time of day…or maybe I should say multiple times of day ;)

This casual layer cake is right up my street ~ nothing too fussy but it hits all the right spots. I consider it a tea cake because it’s just the thing with a cup of tea or coffee for an afternoon pick me up. Yes, you can definitely serve it as an after dinner dessert, but it seems a shame to waste such a good cake on people who’ve just had a big meal. And anyway, I’m always looking for ways to insert more cake into my day :)


You’ll Need:

Cake:

  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 heaped cup raspberries

Lemon buttercream:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • juice of 1 and 1/2 lemons (about 3-4 tablespoons)
  • (optional) 1 small drop yellow gel food coloring


Instructions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350F Butter and flour 2 non-stick 9 inch cake pans (you can use 8 inch pans, as well, just increase the cooking time.) I like to put a round of parchment paper on the bottom of the pans just to insure a good release.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture alternately with the yogurt and mix until well combined. Scrape down the bowl. Fold in the whipped egg whites, and when no white streaks remain, fold in the berries.
  5. Spread the batter evenly between the two cake pans and even out the tops with an offset spatula.
  6. Bake the cakes on the same oven shelf for about 25 minutes, or until the center springs back when touched and the edges are just starting to turn golden. Don't over bake.
  7. Let the cakes cool for 10 minutes before turning them out and cooling them completely on a rack.
  8. To make the frosting cream the butter, sugar, (and the drop of food coloring, if using) adding enough lemon juice to make a creamy spreadable frosting. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add more sugar for a stiffer frosting, and more lemon juice if it's too stiff.
  9. Frost the cake when completely cool. Add a generous amount of frosting to the first layer, then top with second layer and finish frosting top and sides.


NOTES:

  • The tiny bit of yellow coloring gives the merest hint of color to the frosting, just so it isn't stark white, which I like.