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A close up shot of a 3 layer lemon cake with raspberries and lemon curd laying on a vintage pink plate

Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake


  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 minutes
  • Total Time: 53 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 slices

Description

Tangy Lemon Raspberry Cake is a moist lemon cake loaded with fresh tangy raspberries. In between each layer of cake is mascarpone whipped cream and a lemon curd. It’s the perfect balance are sweetness with the tart raspberries and lemons. This cake is so refreshing, and you’ll savor every bite.


Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 cups (380g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (118 ml) vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 lemons- zested and juiced (see below)
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Lemon (or vanilla) extract
  • ½ cup (118 ml) light sour cream
  • 2 ½ cups (350 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons (11.2 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (236 ml) (or milk)
  • 1/4 cup (59ml)  fresh lemon juice
  • 9 ounces raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons (15.6g) all-purpose flour

For the frosting:

  • 2 ¼ cups (532ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (130g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Lemon (or vanilla) extract
  • 16 ounces mascarpone cheese, cold
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) Lemon Curd

Instructions

  1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare three 8-inch round baking pans, line the bottom with parchment paper and grease the sides. Prepare your bake even stripes if desired.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and lemon extract. Beat on medium speed until the eggs and oil are well incorporated and the batter is lighter in color, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  3. Next, zest 2 lemons into the batter and then juice the lemons to get 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and sour cream to the batter beat until well combined.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl then add half the dry ingredients to the batter, beat on low speed while pouring in half of the buttermilk and mix just until the flour starts to incorporate.
  5. Finally add the remaining dry ingredients and remaining buttermilk and beating until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  6. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir the batter from the bottom to the top to ensure it’s well mixed.
  7. Toss the raspberries with 2 tablespoons of flour. Then gently fold the raspberries into the batter, saving a small handful to drop on top of the cake batter.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the three pan, about 1 2/3 cups of batter per pan. Drop the remaining raspberries on top. Bake at 350°F for 20-23 minutes. Rotate your pans in the oven halfway through baking.
  9. Test the cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, you cake is done. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. For the frosting: Place the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to chill.
  11. Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream on medium-high speed until the cream starts to thicken. Slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue beating on high speed until soft peaks form.
  12. Next, spoon the mascarpone into the bowl and continue beating at a high speed until stiff peaks form.
  13. To assemble the cake, use a cake leveler to cut the domes off the top of the cake. Place a dollop of frosting on your cake board and place the bottom layer of cake on top of that.
  14. Place half of the whipped cream in a large piping bag fitted with a large open round tip, or simply cut off the end of the piping bag. Pipe a layer of frosting and spread evenly. Then spread half of the lemon curd over mascarpone filling.
  15. Add the second layer of cake and repeat the above steps using all of the remaining lemon curd. Next, add the final layer of cake on top.
  16. Use your piping bag to fill in any gaps between your layers and to create a crumb coat. Using an offset spatula or icing smoother, wipe away the excess frosting, leaving you just enough to coat the outside of the cake. Do not mix your crumb coating frosting back into your icing if it has cake debris in it.
  17. Proceed to frost the top and sides of the cake using your offset spatula. Once the sides of the cake are covered, use you icing smoother to remove any excess frosting. You can take the end of your offset spatula and gently place them against the sides of the cake as your rotate your cake to add a little texture.
  18. Use remaining frosting to pipe the florets on the top of the cake using an Ateco 809 tip (large open round). Garnish with lemon slices and leftover raspberries. This cake must be refrigerated.

Notes

  • To substitute the sour cream use a plain non Greek yogurt. Full fat sour cream will also work
  • To make homemade buttermilk use 1 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar and then add enough milk to make 1 cup. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes and then stir.
  • See my detailed tutorial of the Mascarpone Whipped Cream
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 682
  • Sugar: 60g
  • Sodium: 370.2mg
  • Fat: 32.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 21.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 91.8g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Protein: 8.7g
  • Cholesterol: 112.6mg

Keywords: Lemon Cake Recipe, Lemon Raspberry Cake, Lemon Dessert

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