Lemon Cake with Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream and shortbread | Ashlee Marie

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A soft lemon cake with lemon curd filling and an easy raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream. Decorated with pure butter Walkers Shortbread it’s the perfect spring cake. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% my own.

How I created this Lemon Raspberry Cake recipe

It’s SPRING! The trees are in bloom, the grass is green, tis the season for lemons! As you know, I adore any recipe with the bright tart flavor of a lemon. My sour cream lemon pie gets made monthly at my house, and we love oatmeal lemon bars and of course my lemon meringue cheesecake is always a huge hit!

When Walkers Shortbread asked me to make a cake using their delicious shortbread to celebrate all the moms out there in honor of Mother’s Day, I immediately wanted to bring in fresh flavors to go with the classic buttery shortbread. A fluffy lemon cake with a Raspberry Buttercream filled with Bonne Maman Lemon Curd fits the bill.  It screams spring and is perfect for Mother’s Day!!!

Did you know that all Walkers Shortbread cookies are made in Scotland and that they are still using the original recipe created over 120 years ago? As someone who loves sharing my family recipes with all of you, it makes me love this shortbread even more (if that’s possible).

Walkers is a family owned business dedicated to baking the World’s Finest Shortbread and other delicious treats as well.  I grew up working for my dad in our family-owned business, and my kids are starting to help me out as well so I love the fact that after all this time there is still a family legacy as part of this company.

So I started with my basic vanilla cake and added both lemon zest and fresh lemon juice for the flavor.  You can use extracts and emulsions but I feel that often those fruity extracts have fake aftertastes I don’t like so I am a huge fan of fresh in this case.

For the lemon curd filling you can make your own or try out this Bonne Mama Lemon Curd.  It’s bright and delicious! 

If you have a favorite buttercream recipe you can add the raspberry puree and ground freeze dried raspberries to that or try out this easy Swiss Meringue Buttercream I’m sharing today!

Just take me to the Lemon Cake with Raspberry Buttercream Recipe already!

If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for making this cake or super easy (cheaters) Swiss meringue buttercream, along with links to other cake recipes and get straight to this delicious lemon raspberry cake and buttercream recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

raspberry swiss meringue buttercream with lemon white chocolate ganache

Tips to Make the Perfect Lemon Cake

– Use fresh ingredients and have all your ingredients at room temperature.  The eggs and butter in particular.

– Use real lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice.  If you want a stronger flavor, you can add some lemon emulsion or extract but too much gives the cake a fake taste. 

– Make sure the oven is totally preheated and at the right temperature.  I use an oven thermometer as most ovens are slightly off – know your own oven.

– High altitude your recipe if you live over 4000 ft.  I have notes in the recipe for that.  Add a little extra flour, a little less sugar, less rising agent and more liquid.  Also bake hotter and shorter.

– I like to use baking strips to keep the outside of the pan cooler so the inside of the cake and outside of the cake can bake more evenly. 

– If you’re still getting a large dome consider using a cake heating core  as it will help bring the temperature of the middle of the cake up (while the baking strips are bringing the outside of the cake temp down) for more even baking, resulting in flatter cakes.

– If you have hot spots in your oven consider rotating your pans halfway through baking (you don’t want to open the oven if you don’t have to but having one cake over bake while the others aren’t baking as much is worse).

lemon cake with raspberry swiss meringue butterceram

Tips to Make the Perfect, Easiest Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

– The trick to this easy Swiss meringue buttercream is the pasteurized egg whites!!! Instead of dealing with heating the egg whites and sugar just buy egg whites that have already been heated to the safe temperature and are ready to go!

– Use powdered sugar.  I know it looks like a lot, but powdered sugar is lighter and fluffier and you have to use more to get the same amount as less granulated sugar. When you’re doing a classic Swiss Meringue buttercream you use granulated sugar as the heat will dissolve the sugar, but since we aren’t using heat the use of powdered sugar will make it so it easily dissolves and doesn’t leave a grainy texture to the buttercream

– Don’t skimp on the beating times.  This needs to beat for quite a while to get the correct texture and fluffiness and strength.  When you first start adding the butter it will look a little curdled for a little bit – keep beating and it will smooth out.

– If your kitchen is too warm and it’s not getting stiff enough put the whole bowl in the fridge for 15 mins then beat some more. Add more fridge time as needed.

– If you want to make the frosting ahead of time you can simply refrigerate it, just let it warm up a little bit before you re-beat it (it gets fairly stiff in the fridge).  Also, after sitting in the fridge, then warming up as you beat it again, it will look a little broken for a little bit, just keep beating on high and it will come back together again.

– When adding the raspberries you can use fresh puree, or ground freeze dried raspberries or both.  I recommend adding a little at a time and tasting it to get the desired flavor and color. 

lemon curd and shortbread

To make this cake and buttercream you’ll need

Lemon cake with easy Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Shortbread

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To watch me make this Lemon Raspberry cake with shortbread play the video in the recipe card (if you’re on desktop, it should be auto playing for you). You can find all my cooking show style recipe videos on YouTube, or my short recipe videos on Facebook Watch, or my Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

lemon cake with raspberry buttercream, lemon curd and lemon white chocolate ganache

Lemon Raspberry Cake

A soft lemon cake with lemon curd filling and an easy raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream.  Decorated with pure butter Walkers Shortbread, it’s the perfect spring cake.

Course: cake, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: lemon cake, lemon ganache, lemon raspberry cake, raspberry buttercream, raspberry swiss meringue buttercream

Servings: 16 slices

Calories: 1735 kcal

Author: Ashlee Marie

Ingredients

Lemon cake

  • 5 1/4 C cake flour add 5 Tbsp for high altitude
  • 1 ½ Tbsp baking powder minus ½ tsp for high altitude
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda minus ¼ tsp for high altitude
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 C sugar minus 3 Tbsp for high altitude
  • 4 tbsp Lemon zest
  • 3/4 C butter softened
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 C greek yogurt
  • 3/4 C mayo
  • ¼ C lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 C whole milk add 2 Tbsp for high altitude

Raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream

  • 1 C pasteurized liquid egg whites
  • 8 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 C butter room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 6 oz Fresh raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 oz Freeze dried raspberries

White chocolate lemon ganache

  • 4 oz white chocolate chopped
  • ½ C heavy whipping cream
  • 3-5 Tbsp lemon curd

Assembly

  • 12 oz lemon curd
  • 2 box Walkers Shortbread fingers
  • 1 box Walkers Shortbread rounds

Instructions

Lemon cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (385 for high altitude)

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and lemon zest and mix until well combined.

  3. Add butter and beat on medium-low speed until you end up with a fine crumb

  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, mayo, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth.

  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and beat on medium speed until smooth.

  6. Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be wet

  7. Bake for 35-40 mins until the cake springs back when touched or a cake tester comes out with just a few crumbs (30-35 mins for high altitude)

Raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream

  1. In a large mixer with whisks or large bowl with a hand mixer beat the egg whites, sugar and salt for 5 mins until you get a thick white meringue

  2. while beating on medium add the butter 1-2 Tbsp at a time

  3. once all the butter is mixed in add the vanilla and beat on medium high another 10 mins

  4. Puree the raspberries and lemon juice together in a food processor or blender

  5. Then add to the frosting, I added ½ then tasted then added the other half

  6. Grind up the freeze dried raspberries in a food processor

White chocolate lemon ganache

  1. Boil the cream (this can be done on the stove or in the microwave) and pour over the white chocolate

  2. Let sit for 5 mins to soften the chocolate then stir until smooth

  3. Add the lemon curd, start with 3 Tbsp and taste and go from there

Assembly

  1. Level the cakes top and bottom. Leveling the top gives you nice even layers and trimming the bottom makes it so you don’t have brown cake crust in your cake slices

  2. Add a thin layer of buttercream to the cake then pipe a cake “dam” around the outside of the cake with a large round tip.

  3. Fill that area with a thin layer of lemon curd (don’t add too much, it will squish out as you stack the cake if you do.

  4. Then repeat with the next 2 cake layers and top off with the final cake layer.

  5. Frost the top and sides of the cake and smooth

  6. Add the Walkers Shortbread all along the bottom of the cake

  7. Drizzle the white chocolate cake all around the top edge, I like to use a squeeze bottle but you can always just use a spoon too

  8. Fill in the rest of the top of the cake with more ganache.

  9. Use a large star tip (I used ateco 842) top pipe large swirls across the top of the cake then add the Walkers Shortbread rounds between the frosting swirls and you’re done!

lemon cake with lemon curd and raspberry swiss meringue buttercream

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How to make a Galaxy Unicorn Cake – Decorating Video Tutorial | Ashlee Marie

hand painted fondant and buttercream unicorn cake

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This Dark Galaxy Unicorn Cake was the centerpiece for my daughters sweet 16th birthday party.  Unicorn cakes are easy to make and always such a fun treat!

How I designed this galaxy unicorn cake

We’ve all seen the fun unicorn cake all around the internet – so when my daughter wanted a galaxy unicorn birthday party I was so excited to try my hand at one!

I decided to go for a tall cake, so I went with with 8 layers of 7 inch cakes – that way I got the narrow tall cake but it was still sturdy.  

We knew we wanted to go with a dark base, even the party decorations used a dark base for everything.  Then we chose fuchsia, turquoise, blue and violet as the colors we wanted to bring into the cake, food and backdrops of the party to create the sea of clouds and clusters of star you see in gorgeous galaxy photography. 

And of course we accessorized with gold for the horns, ears and eyelashes! But you could easily go with silver if that’s what you prefer. 

I decided on a fondant cake so that it would be easier to paint the sides but stuck with a classic buttercream for the colorful rosette mane.  I used a 1B tip for all the large rosettes then used smaller star tips (open, closed, french, etc…) to add all the extra pops of color throughout the mane.

And while I TOTALLY forgot to take a picture of the inside of the cake it matched all the colors we used in the mane! 

galaxy unicorn cake video

How I created this galaxy unicorn cake

  • Start by making the horn and ears so they can dry – I used black modeling chocolate as a base – I like the dark base under the gold for depth.
  • I used 2 cone shapes twisted over a skewer to create the horn and 2 sizes of extra large rose petals around skewers to create the ears
  • The dark and beautiful colors of the galaxy were the inspiration here, so for the fondant base we mixed black and navy
  • To create the colors of the “clouds” and stars of the far away galaxy’s we mixed white food coloring mixed with the bright shades of fuchsia, turquoise, blue and violet we were using in all the party decorations and food

 

  • Using a natural sponge I created the “clouds” and stars by dabbing the colors all around the cake (leaving room for the eyes and cheeks.)
  • Then I used the straight gel colors to create a darker layer over the brighter colors to create depth
  • Then I colored a large batch of buttercream with the same fuchsia, turquoise, blue and violet colors.  I used 1B large closed star tips for the rosette main, then various smaller star tips (open, closed and french) to add all the smaller rosettes and stars along the mane.
  • Then add the horn and ears to the cake
  • Roll out a fondant snake, tapering both ends, for the eyelashes – then cut 2 small tapered pieces for the extra eyelash – and add them to the fondant and paint them gold

hand painted galaxy unicorn cake with buttercream mane

To make this unicorn cake you’ll need

Galaxy Unicorn Birthday Cake Decorating Tutorial

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If you love making amazing cakes you’ll love these other cake decorating tutorials!

Doctor Strange Cake | Golden Snitch Cake | Tamatoa Cake

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