Raspberry Lemon Cake Recipe
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Raspberry Lemon Cake Recipe

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Want a change from chocolate cake? Try this elegant lemon's packed with refreshing lemon flavor, from the cake to the homemade lemon curd and creamy frosting. It won a blue-ribbon at an Alaska State Fair and it's definitely a winner with me.—Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • CAKE:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Fresh raspberries, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 792 calories, 32g fat (15g saturated fat), 148mg cholesterol, 386mg sodium, 122g carbohydrate (97g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. For lemon curd, in a heavy saucepan, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in the lemon juice, butter and lemon peel. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until mixture is thickened and reaches 160°. Cool for 10 minutes. Cover and chill for 1-1/2 hours or until thickened.
  2. For cake, preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, cream beat butter, oil and 1-1/2 cups sugar until blended, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in gelatin mixture, lemon juice, lemon peel and extracts. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the butter mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  4. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine lemonade concentrate and remaining sugar. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Poke holes in warm cakes with a fork; pour lemonade mixture over cakes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla; beat until blended.
  7. To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 6 tablespoons raspberry jam. Repeat. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread about 1/2 cup lemon curd over top of cake (save remaining curd for another use).
  8. Spread frosting over sides of cake and pipe a shell border along the top and bottom edges. Garnish with raspberries if desired. Chill 1 hour. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Raspberry Lemon Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p31

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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usps62 User ID: 8853565 247957
Reviewed May. 7, 2016

"Wow! Great cake. I made cake and put in 2 8" pans. Then I made another batch and put into 2 pans. Only used 3 cakes but it was awesome. I used a bit less lemonade then called for. Just perfect and oh so moist."

MY REVIEW User ID: 84435 246751
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"Delish.......Made this 2 times, I agree with some, the cake is a little flat, would have liked the layers to rise more when cooking, but this is a great tasting cake. I omitted the Lemonade both times that I made it, thinking it would make it too sweet. I have gotten rave reviews on this cake both times that I made it. Will definitely make again...........If you are going to make it, it's best to prepare the curd several hours prior to frosting the cake, as it needs to cool. It's not a bad idea to make the curd the night before and put it in the fridge, one less step to do the next day........I think this is definitely going to be one of our favorites for Easter every year now."

peazzy User ID: 7505593 229506
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

"I love lemon cake and this is one of the best recipes I have ever tired. Will make it again."

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 225788
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Woderful, refreshing cake!!!"

taster60 User ID: 8277086 221944
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"This cake sound yummy !!!!IT looks like a lot of work ,too.I would make it just for the taste of it for me and my wife!!!"

grace98js User ID: 7928897 63138
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"So this cake tasted absolutely delicious, but the layers were about as tall as a large pancake. very disappointed with that?.loved the recipe but needs to either be put in two pans or more batter made."

DarleneKriss User ID: 7764233 157189
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"The cake was delicious. If you love lemon this recipe is for you. It paired nicely with the raspberry and was a hit for our family Easter celebration. The cake was very moist and the icing balanced out the pungent lemon. I will definitely make this cake again."

Grandmatena User ID: 6557569 75088
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2014

"My cake was not very tall, but packed with lemon deliciousness! It didn't look as beautiful as the picture, but everyone loved the taste. My only problem was the frosting. Had to add more confectionary sugar to make it easier to spread. Topped it with fresh raspberries. Delicious!!"

Bonnie1313 User ID: 7670097 75087
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"Haven't tried this yet, just found tis recipe. BUT I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THIS!!! Looks and sounds delicious ?

I absolutely LOVE Lemon and Raspberry together, perfect couple! OH AND CREAM CHEESE FROSTING ON TOP OF IT ALL? OMG! THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING! CAN'T WAIT! ?"

cindiak User ID: 221828 82113
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"This is actually a recipe I created. Use whatever filling flavor you like (raspberry just happens to be my favorite). Enjoy!"

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