Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Weekday Meal (ish) Wednesday... Raspberry and Lemon Birthday Layer Cake


This past weekend we road-tripped to New Jersey for the K's dad's birthday.  It also happened to be his godmother's birthday as well so a weekend that called for a celebration and obviously a cake.  With several having chocolate restrictions, I turned to fruit for the wow factor.  I made both lemon and raspberry cake with lemon butter cream and I made a raspberry coulis to balance the tartness of the lemon.
Raspberry coulis layer.

For Raspberry Cake
  • Ingredients here
  • Instead of buttermilk, blend 1 cup raspberries, top off the rest of the cup with buttermilk
For Lemon Cake
For Raspberry Coulis
  • 1 bag frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • splash of water
For Lemon Butter cream
  • 1.5 cups butter, room temp
  • 6 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
Lemon butter cream layer.
Crumb layer.
Raspberry topping.
For Raspberry Cake.  Follow Martha's Vanilla Cake recipe here, but substitute a cup of blended raspberries with the rest of the cup filled with buttermilk.

For the Lemon Cake.  Follow this recipe.

For the Raspberry Coulis.  In a small sauce pan, heat the frozen raspberries, sugar, and water until boiling.  Reduce to a simmer and simmer until thickened. Let cool.

For the Lemon Buttercream.  Cream the softened butter until white.  Add the vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice.  Slowly add the confectioner's sugar in approximately 1/3 cup increments.  Beat in between additions until fluffy. 

Tricks to put it all together:
  • Once the cakes are baked. Let cool.  Then freeze. Using a bread knife, slice off the top of the cake to flatten.
  • Layer the cakes, alternating lemon and raspberry with the raspberry coulis and lemon buttercream.  Using the butter cream, frost a crumb layer making sure to coat the entire cake.  Re-freeze.  This will seal in the crumbs and give you a nice clean base layer to put the final frosting on.
  • Finally, make sure you have your frosting spatula with you because as evidenced by this cake, butter knives don't work too well.
The inside reveal!
Almost all gone.

I know there are a lot of steps, but I promise, it was actually fairly easy to make with a delicious, well received outcome.  Also, apologies for the crappy pictures, but when you have hungry party people, there is no waiting for food photography.  Happy Birthday Fred and Judy!
What cake would you ask for on your birthday?
~ Julie


  1. Oh wow this is perfect!
    Both my mum and dads birthday's coming up, and IM making the cakes..:O Cheesecake with rosemary jellytopping, baileys cheesecake and the third and (thankfully) last..THIS! :) Thank you so much for sharing, hopefully I'll manage to bake it :P

  2. This looks amazing and delicious! Great job!

  3. Mmmmm, two of my favourite flavours! The combination of lemon & raspberry layers is so pretty, and I bet it tasted as good as it looks :-)

    I love homemade carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Not a typical birthday cake, but that would probably me my choice :-)

  4. Absolutely amazing! My mouth is watering!

  5. Beautiful job, Julie!!!

  6. OMG! That cake is insanely gorgeous. I so envy your baking skillz my darling!

  7. WOW. Have you thought about opening up a restaurant or bakery?!?!

  8. yummmm! this looks so decadent!

  9. Holy Smokes! That looks so delicious.

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