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Lemon Raspberry Cake

This Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Raspberry Cake is so delicious one slice just won’t be enough. A rich and moist lemon cake that has fresh berries in it, topped with creamy buttercream.

What’s not to like? The ideal show-stopping dessert for Valentine’s day or any special occasions for that matter. 

When it comes to cakes, lemons, and raspberries are such a tasty combination. This cake lends itself well for lemon flavors and fresh berries that you just can’t go wrong.

Plus using our tried and tested method for buttercream means you have an utterly divine cake or dessert that is totally gluten and dairy-free. 

This is a great recipe to follow if you are looking for a cake that has the wow factor. It looks like it has taken a great deal of effort to make, but is actually far simpler to put together than you might think.

A frosted cake looks elegant, and you can add a few decorations to it if you wish. You could use this cake for Valentine’s day, or even a special birthday or meal with your nearest and dearest. 

If you love lemon desserts then you have to try this delicious Lemon Tart recipe.

Tart and full of flavor it is a wonderful dessert that you can enjoy all year round.  

Love gluten and dairy free cakes? Try this fancy (yet easy to make) Layered Strawberry Cake!

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💜 Why You’ll Love This Lemon Raspberry Cake

  • Delicious - Full of fantastic fresh flavors this is definitely a next-level cake. 
  • Kid-friendly - The lemon isn’t overpowering and the raspberries give a burst of fruity flavor. The kids will love it. 
  • Safe to enjoy - All ingredients are dairy and gluten-free. We share our favorite brands that are safe and we think work well as the suggested ingredients
  • Easy to make - It looks fabulous but is actually very simple to create and put together. Just don’t tell anyone! 

🍋 Ingredients Needed (full recipe in recipe card at bottom of post)

Lemon cake ingredients

  • Gluten-free cake flour- We recommend either Steve’s gluten-free cake flour (this is a newer to us option!) or you could also use Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Baking Flour. That's our typical go to gluten-free flour. We even like using a rice flour for some cake recipes.
  • White cane sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs, room temperature
  • Fresh Raspberries dusted with GF flour (Check out the tips and tricks for more information on this)
  • Lemon extract
  • Lemon juice, fresh or bottled
  • Dairy-free butter- We used Earth Balance Buttery Sticks at room temperature
  • Dairy-free milk- We like to use Shelf Stable almond milk. (room temperature or as close as possible without it getting warm)

Buttercream ingredients

Helpful Tools

Hand mixer

Hamilton Beach Professional 5-Speed Electric Hand Mixer with Snap-On Storage Case, QuickBurst, Stainless Steel Twisted Wire Beaters and Whisk, Mint (62658)
  • Dc motor for powerful, effortless handheld mixing. Professional-grade hand mixer has a lighter motor and ergonomic design.

Measuring spoons and cups

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Stainless Steel Measuring Cups And Measuring Spoons 10-Piece Set, 5 Cups And 5 Spoons
  • HIGH QUALITY DURABLE AND STURDY – These Laxinis World Measuring Cups and Spoons are made of highly satin brushed with best quality stainless steel which will never rust! They are durable and attractive looking, easy to clean, and can be placed in the dishwasher safely after using.

Mixing Spatula

TACGEA Silicone Spatula set, Heat-Resistant Non-Stick One Piece Design Spatula for Cooking, Baking and Mixing, Dishwasher safe, Set of 4 Aqua
  • FOOD GRADE MATERIAL: TACGEA nonstick spatula set is made of food grade silicone with an enhanced thickness. It will not rip, break, or chip, and will not melt or warp in high temperatures. The silicone spatula set will not scratch your non-stick cookware.

Mixing bowls

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Pyrex Smart Essentials 3-Piece Prepware Mixing Bowl Set, 1-Qt, 1.5-Qt ,and 2.5-Qt Glass Mixing Bowls, Dishwasher, Microwave and Freezer Safe
  • 3-PIECE: Set includes 1-qt, 1.5-qt, and 2.5-qt round glass bowls. This is the perfect set for all manners of prepping, baking and home entertainment.

Cake Boards

8 inch White Round Thin Sturdy Cake Board Drums for Displaying Cakes, ¼ inch Thick, (1-Pack)
  • Perfect way to present your cakes in an elegant and professional way. These greaseproof cake drums have smooth edges to maintain a look of high quality and professionalism.

6-inch Cake Pans

Wilton Performance Pans Aluminum Round Cake Pan, 6 x 2 in.
  • ALL-PURPOSE PERFORMANCE PAN: This round pan is smaller at 6 inches by 2 inches

Turn table for cake

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Kootek Cake Stand, 11 Inch Rotating Cake Turntable, Turns Smoothly Revolving Cake Spinner Stand Cake Decorating Kit Display Stand Baking Tools Accessories Supplies for Cookies Cupcake (White)
  • Practical Cake Turntable: Crafted from food-grade PP material for safety, our cake decorating turntable features an 11-inch diameter, allowing you to effortlessly create exquisite borders or design professional cakes, without worries of elements being added to your food.

Angled spatula 

PUCKWAY Angled Icing Spatula, Stainless Steel Offset Spatula, Cake Spatula Set of 2 Black 6, 8 inch Blade
  • Two Professional Cake Decorating Spatulas: PUCKWAY offset spatula set comes in two different sizes: 6 inch and 8 inch blade. This is your best choice to decorate a cake perfectly.

Wire Rack for Cooling

Priority Chef 18/8 Stainless Steel Cooling Rack, Heavy Duty Baking Rack For Oven Cooking, Fits Quarter Sheet Pan, Wire Rack For Cooking, Bacon, Cookie Cooling Rack, 8.5" x 12"
  • Fits any Quarter Sheet Pan - Our 8.5" x 12" wire baking rack fits all major brand's quarter sheet baking pan sizes perfectly without any overhang. Whether used as cookie cooling racks for baking or bacon rack for oven, this wire rack for baking sheet will fit your pan.

🍰 How To Make A Dairy and Gluten Free Lemon Raspberry Cake

Make the Cake

  1. Gather and measure out all of your ingredients. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and then lightly grease your cake pans. Or you can use parchment paper to line the cake tins. 
  2. In a bowl add the eggs, sugar, dairy-free butter, lemon extract, and lemon juice. Start mixing with the hand mixer making sure you scrape the sides of the bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Combine the gluten-free flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl, and whisk together to ensure the dry ingredients have combined. 
  4. Get your egg mixture and alternate adding the gluten-free flour mixture and pouring the dairy-free milk into the mixture. Mix until everything is well combined. Scraping sides midway through. Try and avoid overmixing as this can knock out the air. Around 1 - 1 ½ minutes is enough.
  5. Fold in the raspberries. Be sure to do this gently so you don’t break the berries.
  6. Pour equal amounts of the raspberry lemon cake mixture into two 6-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for around 40 minutes. You can check they are done by inserting a toothpick. It should come out clean, if not, bake for an additional 2 mins.
  7. Once ready allow them to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing them from the cake pans and placing them on the wire rack to cool completely.

Make dairy free buttercream (our tried and true recipe)

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and butter with an electric handheld or stand mixer at a medium speed until light and fluffy. 
  2. Add vanilla and mix well.
  3. Add confectioners' sugar 1 cup at a time. Mix on low. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl often.
  4. Add in dairy-free milk 1 tablespoon at a time. Add in more for your desired consistency. 
  5. Allow softening to room temperature before frosting your baked goods. You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

Decorating the lemon-raspberry cake

  1. Place one of the cakes on a decorative cake board or cake drum. Using the angled or offset  spatula, add some of the buttercream on top of one of the cakes. In a back-and-forth motion, spread gently to cover the cake across the top of the cake. This is the cake filling. 
  2. Place the second cake layer on top of the cake with the buttercream. Make sure it is top-side down. Press gently as this can help remove some of the air pockets that may develop. 
  3. Place more buttercream on the cake and gently work back and forth to spread evenly and get a smooth layer. You will also want to spread the buttercream across the sides of both cakes. 
  4. Use the angled spatula to smooth as much as possible or make slight ridges by turning the cake on the turn table.
  5. Your Lemon Raspberry cake is ready to serve. 
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A few images in a collage showing the last few steps of how to make a gluten and dairy free raspberry cake.

Recipe Variations

Fancy raspberry buttercream. You could add some fresh raspberries to the buttercream recipe to make raspberry frosting. Yummy!

Get creative with decoration. You could add some dairy-free white chocolate shavings to the top of this delicious lemon raspberry cake. 

Use fresh lemons. To get that lemon flavor you can also use lemon juice from fresh lemons instead. Just make sure you have enough juice for the recipe and there are no pips or pulp.

Change up the filling. Why not add a layer of raspberry preserves, raspberry jam, or even homemade lemon curd? A raspberry filling would taste incredible. You could even cut the cakes in half to make more raspberry lemon cake layers. 

Make lemon buttercream. You could add a drizzle of lemon juice or some lemon zest to the buttercream to give it a citrus twist.

What if you want to try a different flavor? You could always you this as a base recipe to create some other wonderful combinations. Almond Extract and strawberries, orange, and cherries. You can get creative with this. 

A lemon raspberry gluten and dairy free cake with a piece taken out.

Tips & Tricks 

  • If you are using your stand mixer for this recipe then the whisk attachment is best for the buttercream but the paddle attachment will help with the cake mixture.
  • All ovens are different so cooking time might vary. The best advice is to keep an eye on it and use the toothpick method to determine if they are baked. 
  • Make sure the cakes are fully cooled before attempting to add the buttercream frosting. Nobody wants to clean up that mess.  
  • When measuring out your gluten-free flour we like to use a spoon and a knife to level it off. This way we don’t get too much when trying to get the right quantity. Baking is all about precise measurements. So don't dunk the measuring cup directly into the flour. Use a spoon to scoop it out of the container or bag and transfer it to the measuring cup. Then once needed, use a knife to level off any excess gluten free flour.
A piece of lemon raspberry cake and the rest of the cake on a separate plate.

Storage

This lemon raspberry layer cake will last refrigerated for up to five days. It is best to cover it in a cake-saver container or an airtight container big enough for the cake to sit in.

Avoid leaving it uncovered as the cake will dry out, especially if it has already been sliced into. 

A plate with a gluten free dairy free lemon raspberry cake.

FAQ

Why do I need to dust my raspberries with gluten-free flour?

This is a simple hack that will stop those berries from sinking to the bottom of the pan when you divide up the cake mixtures. The flour helps to keep those raspberries evenly distributed. So everyone gets a taste. 

Can you use frozen raspberries in this recipe? 

Yes, you can! Frozen fruit works really well in baking. Frozen fruit is excellent value for money and often means less food waste. You only need to use what you need. 

A slice of raspberry lemon cake.

What can this cake be decorated with? 

We think a few simple fresh raspberries on the top is enough for this delicious cake but it lends itself well to lots of options including sprinkles, candies, and dairy-free chocolate shavings. 

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Looking at a cake with a piece missing with raspberries on top.
A lemon raspberry gluten and dairy free cake on a cake table.

Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Raspberry Cake

Enjoy a slice of flavorful citrus and fruity Lemon and Raspberry Cake with this easy dessert recipe.
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Course: cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free cake flour see suggestions and substitutions in post
  • 1 cup white cane sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 6 ounces raspberry dusted with gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • cup dairy free butter see suggestions in post
  • ¾ cups dairy free milk see suggestions in post

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup dairy free butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons dairy free milk water will work if needed

Instructions

Make the Cake

  • Gather and measure out all of your ingredients.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and then lightly grease your cake pans. Or you can use parchment paper to line the cake tins.
  • In a bowl add the eggs, sugar, dairy-free butter, lemon extract, and lemon juice. Start mixing with the hand mixer making sure you scrape the sides of the bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Combine the gluten-free flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl, and whisk together to ensure the dry ingredients have combined.
  • Get your egg mixture and alternate adding the gluten-free flour mixture and pouring the dairy-free milk into the mixture. Mix until everything is well combined. Scraping sides midway through. Try and avoid overmixing. Around 1 - 1 ½ minutes is enough.
  • Fold in the raspberries. Be sure to do this gently so you don’t break the berries.
  • Pour equal amounts of the raspberry lemon cake mixture into two 6-inch round cake pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for around 40 minutes. You can check they are done by inserting a toothpick. It should come out clean, if not, bake for an additional 2 minutes and check again.
  • Once ready allow them to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing them from the cake pans and placing them on the wire rack to cool completely.

Make dairy free buttercream (our tried and true recipe)

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and butter with an electric handheld or stand mixer at a medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Add confectioners' sugar 1 cup at a time. Mix on low. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl often.
  • Add in dairy-free milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Add in more for your desired consistency.
  • Allow softening to room temperature before frosting your baked goods. You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Decorating the lemon-raspberry cake

  • Place one of the cakes on a decorative cake board or cake drum.
  • Using the angled or offset spatula, add some of the buttercream on top of one of the cakes.
  • In a back-and-forth motion, spread gently to cover the cake across the top of the cake. This is the cake filling.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the cake with the buttercream. Make sure it is top-side down.
  • Press gently as this can help remove some of the air pockets that may develop.
  • Place more buttercream on the cake and gently work back and forth to spread evenly and get a smooth layer.
  • You will also want to spread the buttercream across the sides of both cakes.
  • Use the angled spatula to smooth as much as possible or make slight ridges by turning the cake on the turn table.
  • Your Lemon Raspberry cake is ready to serve. Enjoy!

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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