Amazing Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling From Scratch

Amazing Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling From Scratch

If you are looking for a new recipe to try, this lemon cake with raspberry filling from scratch is a must-have for your next party. The combination of raspberry and lemon creates an incredible blend of flavors.

Though this recipe does require some baking experience, the end result is well worth the work. The light and fluffy lemon cake with the sweet and fruity raspberry filling combined with the buttercream frosting makes for a wonderful dessert. Whether for an anniversary or birthday, this cake will be something your friends and family will love.

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What You Will Need to Make this Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling

For the Custard

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

For the Cake

  • 1 package lemon gelatin (3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate

For the Frosting

  • 6 ounces 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 zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Fresh raspberries, optional

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Medium bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Three 9-inch cake pans
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Wire racks
  • Serving plate
  • Offset spatula

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Step by Step Instructions: Lemon Cake and Raspberry Filling

Step One: Make the Lemon Curd

In a saucepan, beat the eggs and sugar, then stir in the lemon juice, butter, and lemon zest. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until the mixture is thickened and reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring regularly. Allow the lemon curd to cool for 10 minutes, then cover and chill for 1-1/2 hours or until it is thick.

Step Two: Preheat Oven, Prepare Pans and Make Gelatin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour the three 9-inch round cake pans. Next, dissolve the gelatin in boiling water, then set it aside to cool.

Step Three: Cream the Butter, Oil, and Sugar

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter, oil, and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Beat the mixture until smooth, approximately five minutes. After, add the eggs in one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, beat in gelatin mixture, lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon extract, and vanilla extract into the mixture until smooth.

Cream the Butter, Oil, Sugar and Lemon Zest

Step Four: Combine the Dry Ingredients

Мix together the flour, baking powder, and salt иn a medium bowl. Add to the butter mixture, alternating with adding the milk, beating after each addition.

Step Five: Bake the Cake

Pour the batter equally into the three prepared cake pans. Bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Step Six: Add the Lemonade Mix

In a microwave-safe bowl, add the lemonade concentrate and remaining sugar. Microwave for two minutes on high, uncovered, or until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Use a fork to poke holes into the cakes and pour the lemonade mixture over the cakes.

Assembled Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling

Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 minutes. Then, move them to the wire racks to cool.

Step Seven: Make the Buttercream Frosting

Beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Next, add the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Beat the mixture until well combined.

Step Eight: Assemble the Cake

Place one layer of cake on a serving plate and add 6 tablespoons of raspberry jam, spreading evenly. Add the next layer followed by more raspberry jam. Then, add the final layer and top with 1/2 cup of lemon curd.

Decorate the rest of the cake with buttercream frosting. If desired, add raspberries to the top. Chill for one hour before serving.

Servings and Preparation Time

Servings and Preparation Time - Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling

Tips and Tricks

This cake should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge, as the lemon curd and raspberry jam are perishable. The cake can last in the fridge for 3-4 days.

You can also freeze the cake for up to 3-6 months. Ideally, you want to freeze it unfrosted, wrapping each layer in plastic wrap, however, you can also use an airtight container to freeze the whole cake. When ready to eat, allow the cake to cool at room temperature for two hours or overnight in the fridge.

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Amazing Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling From Scratch

If you are looking for a new recipe to try, this lemon cake with raspberry filling from scratch is a must-have for your next party. The combination of raspberry and lemon makes for an amazing flavor combination.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amazing Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling From Scratch
Servings: 12
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Custard

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter cubed
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

For the Cake

  • 1 package lemon gelatin 3 ounces
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar divided
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate

For the Frosting

  • 6 ounces 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 zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Fresh raspberries optional

Instructions

  • Make the Lemon Curd - In a saucepan, beat the eggs and sugar, then stir in the lemon juice, butter, and lemon zest. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until the mixture is thickened and reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring regularly. Allow the lemon curd to cool for 10 minutes, then cover and chill for 1-1/2 hours or until it is thick.
  • Preheat Oven, Prepare Pans, and Make Gelatin - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour the three 9-inch round cake pans. Next, dissolve the gelatin in boiling water, then set it aside to cool.
  • Cream the Butter, Oil, and Sugar - In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter, oil, and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Beat the mixture until smooth, approximately five minutes. After, add the eggs in one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, beat in gelatin mixture, lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon extract, and vanilla extract into the mixture until smooth.
  • Combine the Dry Ingredients - Мix together the flour, baking powder, and salt иn a medium bowl. Add to the butter mixture, alternating with adding the milk, beating after each addition.
  • Bake the Cake - Pour the batter equally into the three prepared cake pans. Bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Add the Lemonade Mix - In a microwave-safe bowl, add the lemonade concentrate and remaining sugar. Microwave for two minutes on high, uncovered, or until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Use a fork to poke holes into the cakes and pour the lemonade mixture over the cakes.
  • Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 minutes. Then, move them to the wire racks to cool.
  • Make the Buttercream Frosting - Beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Next, add the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Beat the mixture until well combined.
  • Assemble the Cake - Place one layer of cake on a serving plate and add 6 tablespoons of raspberry jam, spreading evenly. Add the next layer followed by more raspberry jam. Then, add the final layer and top with 1/2 cup of lemon curd.
  • Decorate the rest of the cake with buttercream frosting. If desired, add raspberries to the top. Chill for one hour before serving.

Notes

This cake should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge, as the lemon curd and raspberry jam are perishable. The cake can last in the fridge for 3-4 days.
You can also freeze the cake for up to 3-6 months. Ideally, you want to freeze it unfrosted, wrapping each layer in plastic wrap, however, you can also use an airtight container to freeze the whole cake. When ready to eat, allow the cake to cool at room temperature for two hours or overnight in the fridge.
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A Delicious Lemon Cake with Raspberry Filling from Scratch

 This delicious cake does require some baking experience, as there are many steps involved. However, by carefully following the directions, you will have a delicious cake perfect for any occasion.

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