Lemon-Raspberry Coffee Cake

Brighten your morning with this tart coffee cake bursting with sweet raspberries.

Brighten your morning with this tart coffee cake bursting with sweet raspberries. Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake recipe at

One of my favorite parts about the change of seasons, besides the weather, is the change of flavors!  and Spring is all about lemon!  It’s bright, vibrant color, fragrance and flavor just scream spring.  Pairing lemon with raspberries…….well that’s just a match made in heaven!  Spring to summer heaven.

I was recently going thru some recipes I have bookmarked and knew now was the perfect time for this Lemon-Raspberry Coffee Cake!  It’s tangy sweet, moist, and everything I could wish for in a cake.

If you like cake for breakfast,this is going to be your favorite coffee cake recipe ever.. This breakfast cake is tender with a bright tartness that will make your lips pucker just bit……when suddenly it’s bursting with sweet raspberries.

Let’s start at the bottom. Classic buttermilk coffee cake holds it all together. Smooth lemony cheesecake filling next sandwiched in between another layer of the buttery cake.  Baked right on top, sweet raspberries are placed half way thru baking, and the whole thing is sprinkled with powdered sugar and served warm! 

Brighten your morning with this tart coffee cake bursting with sweet raspberries. Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake recipe at

This is by far my favorite coffee cake I’ve had in a long time!  But, you don’t have to save this lemon raspberry coffee cake for breakfast, it would also be the perfect dessert after a BBQ or any meal. It blows all of those decadent chocolate desserts out of the water. It’s light, citrus-y, fruit-y, just the right amount of sweet …..a spectacular way to end a meal.

Brighten your morning with this tart coffee cake bursting with sweet raspberries. Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake recipe at


Speaking of, I think I’ll go have a leftover piece right now.  🙂

Lemon-Raspberry Coffee Cake

Brighten your morning with this tart coffee cake bursting with sweet raspberries.

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1-2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
Powdered sugar and fresh raspberries (optional for garnish)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9 inch round cake pan and line bottom of pan with parchment. Grease and lightly flour pan; set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside.

Using an electric mixer,  beat 1 cup of the granulated sugar and butter on medium to high until combined. Add 1 egg and vanilla. Beat on low to medium for 1 minute. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to sugar mixture, beating just until combined after each addition; set aside.

For cheesecake filling, in a small mixing bowl beat cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium to high until combined. Add lemon peel and remaining egg; beat until combined.

Spoon half the cake batter into the prepared pan, spreading to edges. Pour filling over batter, spreading to edges. Dollop remaining batter on filling, carefully spreading to edges of pan.

Bake for 20 minutes or until puffed. Gently press raspberries into cake. Bake 25 to 30 minutes more or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen edges of cake from pan; remove from pan. Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with additional raspberries.

This recipe says to serve warm, which is absolutely delicious warm, but it's ever bit as good room temperature or cold.

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Brighten your morning with this tart coffee cake bursting with sweet raspberries. Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake recipe at


 What’s your favorite flavor for Spring?


More Lemon Raspberry Recipes You Might Enjoy:

Raspberry Lemonade Bars at TidyMom

Raspberry Lemon-Glazed Muffins at The Food Charlatan

Spiked Raspberry Lemonade at Recipe Girl

Raspberry Lemon Icebox Cake at Kitchen Treaty

Raspberry Lemon Cream Tarts at Lauren’s Latest

Black Raspberry & Lemon Crush Ice Cream Cupcakes at TidyMom

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bites at Shugary Sweets

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. This cake looks bomb Cheryl! Lemon and raspberry is one of the best combos ever, in my opinion. They compliment each other so well! And I’m loving that cream cheese addition. Spring ftw! 

  2. What a beautiful coffee cake. I’d love to wake up to this. 

  3. Such a pretty cake! Perfect for spring!

  4. What a spectacular coffee cake! Lemon and raspberry is such a sublime flavor combination!!!

  5. Lemon + raspberry are a springtime dream team! Love how soft, fluffy and moist this is—everything a coffee cake should be!

  6. This is not only gorgeous, but it sounds amazingly delicious as well.  LOVE!

  7. This is totally my sort of cake! Raspberries are my favorite. This looks moist and fantastic. 

  8. Oh this sounds delightful!

  9. Coffee cake always reminds me of my mom…love love love the raspberry lemon flavor in this one. So fresh!!

  10. What a stunning cake – perfect for Easter or any occasion!

  11. I don’t think there has ever been a happier or more perfect cake for spring. Makes me so excited for fresh raspberries to be in season again!

  12. Oh boy, this cake is definitely going to hit the sweet spot! Lemon & raspberry are a beautiful match! Congrats on the house!

  13. Now if I had this coffee cake to wake up too each morning, I wouldn’t have a problem getting out of bed! YUM! Love the colors in it too! 

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  15. I just licked my screen, just a lil’ bit 😉 xo

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  20. This looks delicious. Will definitely try this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Wow that is a gorgeous photo. I so want it. Thanks for posting. Hello from The Party Bunch.

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  26. Hi Cheryl. This is the 2nd time I have made your cake. My mum loves it so much. She has asked me to make another before I leave (I am currently visiting) but wondered if it could be frozen, do you know if I can freeze the cake? Thank you much. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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