Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. My grandpa passed away last week and I’ve been spending time down in Florida with my family. As sad as it is that he wasn’t there with us, it was really nice to see everyone all in one place. It doesn’t happen often that we’re all together.

My grandpa had been wanting our whole family (aunts, uncles, cousins) to get together for his and my grandma’s 60th anniversary and earlier last year we had been planning to take a trip somewhere together. After he got sick he knew that trip would never happen and really was just hoping he could at least make it to my wedding in October. It’s sad that we were all finally able to be together and my grandpa couldn’t join us. And my wedding will definitely feel like there’s something missing.

This month’s bloghop ingredient is berries. I really wanted to bake up something that my grandpa would have loved.

His and my birthday were only 2 days apart so either my mom or I would bake a cake every year and the two of use would celebrate together, blowing out the candles on our cake.

birthday with grandpa

Birthday with Grandpa- 8 yrs old

I contemplated baking a carrot cake because I remember how much he loved when we made a carrot layer cake for his birthday, complete with cream cheese frosting. I also remember a time we made a white cake with lemon curd filling and blueberries- the only berry he would eat because he hated seeds getting in his teeth.

I kind of combined the two and made a raspberry cake (I think he wouldn’t have minded the seeds are baked in but you could easily strain them out), with lemon curd filling and a cream cheese frosting. There were no good blueberries so I used blackberries in this filling.

I think my grandpa would have loved this cake. I miss him already.

I’m posting this as part of the #berryove April bloghop. I’m co-hosting with the following:
A little bit of everythingBaker StreetBaking and Cooking, A Tale of Two LovesBigFatBakerBon à croquerCake DuchessEasily Good EatsGeorgie Cakes, Hobby And MoreJava CupcakeMis PensamientosNo One Likes Crumbley CookiesOh CakeQueen’s NotebookRico sin AzúcarSimply ReemSoni’s Food for ThoughtTeaspoon of SpiceThat Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!The Art of Cooking Real FoodThe Wimpy VegetarianVegan Yack AttackVegetarian Mamma

Please join in on the #berrylove fun by linking up any berry recipe from the month of April 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #berrylove event! The twitter hashtag is #berrylove :). See below recipe for linkup!

Raspberry Cake with Lemon Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

Cake adapted from DixieMockingbird, frosting from my Valentine’s Day Cake

Print this recipe!

Makes one 9 inch 3-layer cake

Cake Ingredients:
parchement paper:
butter and flour – for the cake pans

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup raspberry puree* (I used about 1.5 12 oz bags of frozen berries, thawed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs, beaten

2 pints fresh raspberries (i used blackberries because raspberries were ridiculously expensive)
8 oz lemon curd ( I bought some but you could easily make it)

*For raspberry puree – simple run two to three cups of raspberries through the blender or food processor until very smooth. You can strain the puree to remove seeds if you wish, but I didn’t

Frosting Ingredients:
8 oz. of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, room temperature
4 oz. butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
zest of 1 lemon
2 cups confectioners sugar
8 oz. containter of non-dairy whipped topping (I used Cool Whip Free)


Preheat oven to 325F. Butter and flour three 8 inch cake pans, and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, vegetable oil, raspberry puree, vanilla, and eggs.

Gently whisk in the flour mixture until just combined.

Evenly divide the batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or so. The tops of the cakes should be springy to the touch, and a cake tester (aka wooden toothpick or skewer) inserted into the center of each cake should come out clean.

Allow cakes to cool in their pans for 10 minutes, then turn cakes out onto wire cooling racks to cool completley. You can frost them once they reach room temperature, but it is better to chill the cakes for at least an hour before assembling and frosting.

While cake is cooling, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla and lemon zest with an electric mixer. Beat in confectioners sugar. Fold in cool whip.

Place one cake layer on a plate. Spread half of lemon curd on cake. Place enough raspberries to cover.

Place next cake layer on top and press down, smushing raspberries. Spread rest of lemon curd on cake and place raspberries on top.

Place top cake layer on top and press down again. Dump frosting on top of cake and spread evenly over sides. You may not need all the frosting. Refrigerate cake before cutting to firm up the frosting.



  1. So sorry to hear about your grandpa.

    The cake looks lovely. Raspberry and lemon is an irresistible combination.

  2. It’s a beautiful cake for a beautiful person! The combination of flavors are some of my favorite. I love lemon and berries and cream and cake all mixed together. Sending you the sweetest wishes.

  3. Amy, I’m so sorry for your loss and I do hope that the coming weeks bring you and your family peace and restored comfort. I think your Grandpa would have been over the moon for this gorgeous cake – it’s so original and incorporates some of his very favourite elements… the combination of lemon and raspberry sounds divine… Thinking of you and sending a warm hug – xo.

    • Aw, thank you, Kelly :) I definitely think he would have liked this cake. I’m sad I won’t ever get to bake him a bday cake again.

  4. I’m sure he would love this cake: lemon curd, raspberries, cheese frosting… rich and hearty.

    Loads of #berrylove to you on this day!
    Take care

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandpa but what a lovely tribute to him in this post and beautiful cake! How would he not have loved it? Thanks for sharing his story and recipe with us for #berrylove :)

  6. Your photos are unbearable, this raspberry lemon cake & that luscious cream cheese frosting is sooooo delicious! Thanks for the recipe & sharing the berrylove!

  7. So sorry about your Grandpa.I’m sure he’s smiling looking down at this gorgeous cake you made :)The lemon filling inside combined with the raspberries and the frosting looks so delicious and very very tempting :).I’m drooling looking your last pic :)Sending you some #Berrylove!Hugs~

  8. So very sorry to hear about your grandfather’s passing. You’ve made a beautiful cake in tribute – he’d be so proud of you. Hugs to you.

  9. Sorry for the passing of your Grandpa. Your cake is a wonderful tribute to him.. I’m sure that he would be proud of you and enjoy your cake.I love the flavor combo of Raspberry/Blackberry and lemon curd. Sending lots of #berrylove your way!

  10. Sorry to hear about your Grandpa Amy…never an easy time.

    Wonderful combination of flavors for a cake that no one couldn’t enjoy. Cheers.

  11. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350

    What a sweet goodbye to your grandpa. I know exactly what you mean about being sad about the occasion but happy for the family gathering when funerals happen. I’m sure your grandpa would have loved this cake. Who wouldn’t? It looks like perfection.

  12. amy, i’m so sorry that this past week you had to say goodbye to your beloved grandfather. i pray that your family will find comfort in one another and sharing the lovely memories that you’ve shared together.

    the cake looks delicious and moreso, quite special and commemorative for your grandfather. sending a hug to you.

  13. Sorry to hear about your loss. I am sure he would have loved this cake.

  14. Amy, so sorry I didn’t get to this sooner, and I’m so sorry to hear about your grandpa. I went through that in 2001 and know how much pain you feel right now. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family. Sending you a big hug!! And of course this cake looks absolutely amazing. xx

  15. What a marvelous cake…and I love that you made it in memory of your grandpa. I am sorry sorry for your loss…that photo of the two of you is priceless.

  16. Raspberry + Lemon = HEAVEN!

  17. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandpa. The pic of you two is a precious memory and you remind us all to take every opportunity that is possible to be with those we love. I think you created a wonderful cake combining all that you and he would love!

  18. my condolences to you and your family, Amy.

    nice cake! i’m sure your granpa would have loved it!

  19. I am so very sorry for your loss. Truly. It’s been 17 years and I still miss my Grammie. You’ve written a lovely tribute to your grandfather. I am sure he is very proud of you and would have loved his cake.


    • Thank you Jessica. I do know he was very proud of me…I only wish he would have learned to go online so he could have read my blog :)

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