Lemon Raspberry Cake

This bright and sunny Lemon Raspberry Cake is like sunshine on a plate! The tangy raspberry swirl complements the bright lemon swirl in this delicious and easy (no mixer!) recipe for Lemon Raspberry Cake. Enjoy a slice of sunshine for dessert, breakfast, or with a cup of tea!
Lemon Raspberry Cake slices on a white plate
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5 from 1 vote
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 slices
Calories 377kcal
Author Liren Baker


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest from 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons framboise liqueur* raspberry liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar for sauce


  • Preheat the oven 350° F. Butter and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk and combine the buttermilk, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Mix the buttermilk mixture with the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the vegetable oil until evenly incorporated. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Allow batter to rest.
  • In a blender, blend the lemon juice, raspberries, framboise liqueur, and sugar. Blend until smooth. Take one ounce of the raspberry mixture, straining if desired, and drizzle lightly on top of the cake batter. Use a toothpick to swirl into the batter.
  • Place the loaf pan into the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Strain the remaining raspberry mixture into a sauce pan. Add 1/3 cup sugar, and cook over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Cool and set aside.
  • When the cake is done, let it cool on a wire rack. Serve the slices with the ruby raspberry sauce. Enjoy!


*Optional. If you do not have any raspberry liqueur, substitute with water.
Adapted from Ina Garten’s Lemon Yogurt Cake.


Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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