Lemon & Raspberry Cake for Two

Lemon & Raspberry Cake for Two - This sweet little cake is bursting with enough fruit flavor to brighten up a cold winter day. | foxeslovelemons.com

Sometimes, I’m really craving a slice of lemon cake. And sometimes, I make a lemon cake so that I can use the itsy bitsy gray cake stand I bought a long time ago but haven’t had the chance to use yet (I actually used it in my S’mores Cupcakes photos last week as well, but I photographed this lemon cake before those cupcakes). Yes, I’m a food photographer who is sometimes ruled by my prop collection. But if it took a long-neglected cake stand to get me to bake something this delicious, then so be it.

There’s another secret about this cake, too. I’m calling it a “Cake for Two” because you know, it’s tiny and adorable. But if you just cut it in half and served it as two pieces, those would be some really big pieces of cake. So, let’s just say that it serves two, a few times. Because who doesn’t want a slice of cake with their Valentine’s dinner, and then another slice the next morning for breakfast, right?

Lemon & Raspberry Cake for Two - This sweet little cake is bursting with enough fruit flavor to brighten up a cold winter day. | foxeslovelemons.com

Yes, this is my idea of a Valentine’s cake. While my husband would probably prefer the more traditional chocolate approach for Valentine’s, lemon is more my love language. We’ll go back and forth on this, some years baking deeply chocolate brownies, and some years brightening up a cold February night with something lemony fresh, like this Lemon & Raspberry Cake for Two.

This year is one of those “lemony fresh” years. I’ve whipped up a classic white cake batter with the addition of fresh lemon zest and a spoonful of lemon extract. I divided the batter between three 6-inch cake pans and baked them right up. The frosting is a lemony variation of a classic Swiss meringue buttercream, meaning it’s easy to work with but not overly sweet. Finally, hidden between each layer is a little pool of raspberry preserves. Lemon desserts for Valentine’s Day. Let’s make this a thing.

Lemon & Raspberry Cake for Two - This sweet little cake is bursting with enough fruit flavor to brighten up a cold winter day. | foxeslovelemons.com

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5 comments

  1. What a sweet little cake! In a development that has truly startled me, I’ve been moving over from the chocolate side to the citrus side. This cake looks incredibly flavorful – thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. We love lemon & raspberry! Lori, any suggestions to adapt for standard sized round cake pans? I have two little boys + my husband & we will need more of this tempting cake!

    • Hi Jennifer – thanks for stopping by! So, the cake recipe was actually adapted from a Wilton recipe (link below) that calls for 5 of the mini pans, but I just used 3. I obviously didn’t use any food coloring, but did add lemon zest and lemon extract for flavor. I’m guessing that if you make that full recipe from Wilton, adding the lemon flavorings, you’ll have enough batter to divide between 2 (and possibly even 3) eight or nine-inch cake pans. You’d just need to bake it however long you need to until the cakes were cooked through. Sorry I can’t be more specific than that, but I don’t want to give you any misinformation without testing it myself. If you DO try it, please stop back and let me know how it went 🙂

      http://www.wilton.com/ombre-cake/WLRECIP-667.html

  3. Never tried this version of lemon cake before, sounds delicious though. Will have to give this ago. Thanks simon

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