Lemon and Raspberry Loaf Cake

This lemon and raspberry loaf cake is sunshine in a slice. A rich and zingy lemon sponge is studded with plump and juicy raspberries and topped with a creamy lemon buttercream.

lemon and raspberry cake, sliced

This is it, the final summery recipe of the year and what a treat to wave off the sunshine with. This cake is so yummy, so bright and so damn easy! You can put this cake together in a matter of minutes, it really is that simple. A one bowl cake is everyones friend, you simply put all the ingredients except the raspberries in a bowl and mix together. Stir through the raspberries, pour the batter into a loaf tin and away you go. I once timed myself making one of these loaf cakes and it took me 5 minutes from start to finish. Impressive right. See if you can beat my record, ready set go!

close up of a slice of lemon and raspberry cake

This lemon and raspberry loaf cake is super versatile. You can swap out the lemon for any citrus fruit and the raspberries for any berry. Lime and blueberry, orange and cranberry, lemon and blackberry, just swap the ingredients out for anything you have at hand. Leave them out completely if you please, but it would be a bit of a boring cake then 😉

So there it is, my farewell to the Summer. You won’t be missed by me, you humid horror! The Autumnal months on the horizon are filling me with excitement. Prepare yourself for apples, cinnamon, rich and rib sticking comfort coming your way. And of course, pumpkin spiced everything! You have been warned!

lemon and raspberry cake with one slice removed.

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Lemon and Raspberry Cake

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This lemon and raspberry loaf cake is sunshine in a slice. A rich and zingy lemon sponge is studded with plump and juicy raspberries and topped with a creamy lemon buttercream.


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For the cake:

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large, free range eggs
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 100g fresh or frozen raspberries

For the frosting:

  • 125g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 250g icing sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 12tbsp milk
  • 100g fresh raspberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment or a loaf tin liner.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or you can do this by hand) mix all of the cake ingredients except the raspberries together until combined. Stir the raspberries through by hand making sure they’re evenly distributed throughout the batter.  
  3. Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin, smooth the top and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.  
  4. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  5. To make the frosting add the butter, icing sugar, lemon zest and juice to the bowl of an electric mixer. Turn the mixer on to a low speed until everything is just combined. Turn the mixer up to medium high and whisk for 5 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy. If the frosting looks a little stiff add a tablespoon of milk and mix again until you get a good consistency.
  6. Once the cake is cooled spread the top with the lemon frosting and decorate with extra raspberries and sprinkles. 


You can swap out the raspberries for another berry, blackberries would work beautifully.

You can freeze the un-iced cake for up to 3 months. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Baking
  • Cuisine: British


  1. September 18, 2020 / 3:38 pm

    I just want to say, I love your website and photos! This recipe is no exception, it’s just gorgeous! I love your use of flavors in this. I just wish I could make mine look as beautiful as yours!

  2. September 18, 2020 / 5:46 pm

    Not only does this look super delicious, it’s so pretty too! Love the little stars, such a great little detail.

  3. Lesli Schwartz
    September 18, 2020 / 5:56 pm

    Wow! This lemon and raspberry loaf looks to die for! I need to use up some raspberries so this is so perfect! This loaf/cake looks so moist too!

  4. September 18, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    This lemon and raspberry loaf cake is gorgeous and looks so delicious – especially with that frosting too!

  5. September 19, 2020 / 3:48 am

    What a great recipe to end summer! I love cakes like this, simple, beautiful and delicious.

  6. September 19, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    Such a pretty and lovely loaf cake and I am pretty sure that is also delicious. I will definitely try this, thank you!

  7. September 19, 2020 / 4:16 pm

    You’ve combined my two favorite flavors in one easy-to-make recipe! Thank you so much for an easy dessert to end last night’s meal

  8. September 20, 2020 / 12:28 am

    I loved the flavors of this lemon raspberry loaf! The frosting made it extra delicious!

  9. September 20, 2020 / 12:34 am

    This was such a hit for my women’s meeting! Had to come back and tell you! Amazing recipe.

  10. September 20, 2020 / 1:36 am

    This was such an easy to follow recipe and the cake was sooooo delicious! My wife loved the flavors and has requested it for a small get-together next week.

  11. September 20, 2020 / 5:07 pm

    Your lemon and raspberry loaf cake looks delicious. I like the idea of swapping flavours, orange and cranberry sounds delicious too.

  12. September 20, 2020 / 7:04 pm

    This loaf tasted so good and the toppings are perfect. I love how the flavors came together and it was so fluffy. Will make again.

  13. Fred N
    September 20, 2020 / 10:10 pm

    This is cake has my name written on it. I would love to this lemon-raspberry loaf cake of deliciousness with a hot ginger tea at night. Thanks for sharing, I’m printing it out.

  14. September 21, 2020 / 7:50 am

    I’m going to be making this cake this weekend for my mom’s birthday! I love one-bowl cakes, they are my favorite. Thank you for sharing and such a good adieu to summer!

  15. September 21, 2020 / 8:37 am

    I made this lemon and raspberry loaf cake yesterday for afternoon tea. It was divine. Now I want to try it in other versions as you suggest. Orange and cranberry sounds lovely!

  16. Kushigalu
    September 21, 2020 / 8:54 am

    What a gorgeous cake. Love the flavor combination. Both lemon raspberry are my favorite. Can’t wait to try this out.

  17. September 21, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    Whoa! That is one beautiful loaf cake! I would love to pair this with either my morning coffee or tea! YUM!

  18. September 21, 2020 / 9:15 pm

    Raspberry is one of my all-time favorite flavors and lemon always brings it out so well. And what a beautiful presentation with that luscious cream and berry layer, mmm.

  19. sapana
    September 22, 2020 / 12:18 pm

    I love lemon flavors in cakes and with raspberry, it sounds even more inviting. Love the beautiful pica and delicious loaf cake.

  20. Alexis
    September 23, 2020 / 2:42 am

    This is an amazing cake! I made it for a recent tea party and it was a huge hit!

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