Thursday, April 17, 2014

For the Love of Lemons

If you have read the title of my blog it probably will not come as a surprise to you, but I absolutely LOVE lemons. Oh they are the perfect tanginess and flavor and just everything. When Marshall told me that he didn't care what kind of cake he had for his birthday I set out to find a new lemony deliciousness recipe. When I came across this Meyer Lemon Iced Raspberry Yogurt Cake I knew I had found something good. Let's just say we  ended up thoroughly enjoying it!

Meyer Lemon Iced Raspberry Yogurt Cake
(this recipe has been adapted from

for the cake:
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
zest of 1 lemon
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

for the buttercream:
5 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
zest & juice of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  1. to make the cake, preheat your oven to 320F. grease and line two 8" cake pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing after each addition. 
  3. add the lemon zest, flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and mix until mostly combined. add the yogurt and mix until combined. 
  4. beat the egg whites to medium peaks and fold into the cake batter. fold in the raspberries.
  5. divide the batter evenly between the two pans and bake 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  6. let the cakes cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
  7. to make the buttercream, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. add the lemon zest and juice and salt and mix until combined. slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. mix on medium speed for a couple minutes until light and fluffy.if your buttercream is softer than you'd like, you can either add more sugar or chill it for 30 minutes.
  8. to make a four layer cake, slice each cake layer in half. spread with buttercream and top with another cake layer. continue until all layers are used. spread the cake with remaining buttercream. store finished cake in the refrigerator.


  1. Thank you Nancy! I've been looking for a lemon cake to make for easter! This is perfect! Hope you're doing well. -Eric Mortensen

    1. Eric it has been so long! Hope you are doing good too and enjoy the cake!

    2. Sooo I made your cake... and it was bomb. Thanks for sharing!

    3. I'm glad it turned out so well!