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Raspberry & Lemon Yellow Cake

When I started planning my little sister’s Bridal Shower, I knew I wanted to make a cake! I have these random bursts of baking/ homemaker obsession. I had also just got this super cute cake plate from Minted and thought a cake on top of it would be really cute for the shower!
Fast forward to the day before the shower (Saturday) and I had finally found time to get together with my mom to do the food shopping. We were walking around the aisles when I realized I had like no time to bake a cake with everything else I needed to get done by shower time (I may have had time but you do have to factor in the fact I had no idea what kind of cake to make, how long cakes even take to make, and really how to make a cake.) So I walked down the baking aisle and grabbed the box of cake mix that had ingredients that looked normal and could taste homemade. I really love the idea of cooking from scratch because Bruce and I try to cut out most ingredients we cannot pronounce and things that are not real (like preservatives and yellow 5) I grabbed this box off the shelf and headed to the check out with fresh berries and a vague plan.
So I cheated. I made a cake with a box but I added a couple details that make this box cake a little more Mayberry and a little less generic!
WHAT YOU NEED:
Eggs
Coconut Oil (or oil of choice)
Rice Milk ( or Milk of choice)
1 Cup Frozen Raspberries
Lemon Juice
1.5 Sticks of Softened Salted Butter
Powdered Sugar
Box of Fresh Raspberries
One Lemon
HOW TO:
CAKE:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2.  Dump the cake mix, milk, eggs, and oil into a large bowl and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. Switch to a spatula and fold in frozen raspberries.
* SIDE NOTE: I bought these berries at the Farmer’s Market and spread them out on wax paper to freeze them a month ago. That keeps them separate berries so when you mix them into batters they do not get all mushy and they bake evenly.
4. Spray & flour baking pans. I use olive oil first and then dust with flour. I also used baking cups for the cupcakes.
5. Bake as directed on back of cake box.
6. Let cool completely before icing.
ICING:
1. Put a a stick and 1/2 of softened salted butter in a mixing bowl.
2. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar & 6 Tbs of lemon juice and beat on low.
3. Continue adding lemon and sugar to taste and consistency.
DECORATING:
1. Carefully place one cake on serving tray and ice the top.
2. Add the second cake by gently placing on top of the icing.
3. Ice the cake with a spatula being careful not to tear up the sides.
4. Use a wet paper towel to clean up the mess around the plate from icing.
5. Cut the lemon into slices and place three slices on top.
6. Place a dollop of icing in the middle of the lemons and fill with a “flower” of fresh raspberries.
7. Follow the edging with fresh raspberries.
8. Add adorable cake topper – like this one I found at Better Off Wed!

EXTRA DETAILS:
Cake Plate: Minted
Cake Topper: Better Off Wed (PS: use code HEARTHEARTHEART for 15% off!)
Framed Print: Jenny Highsmith of Maiedae
Wall Canvas: Naptime Diaries
Dress: Gap (Same Fit) 
Shoes: Banana Republic from Thred Up

DO YOU MAKE BOXED CAKES EVER? 
IS THAT CHEATING?

 

  • alyssa

    I am so in love with this. It looks so yummy!!

  • I love these photos! Food photography is so fun!

  • That cake is glorious. Just glorious.
    Also, raspberries are my favorite.
    I just made a boxed cake last night for Alex's birthday today, but I was lazy and did not spend enough time to make it as pretty as yours. 😉

  • Katie @ A Beautiful Little Adv

    Yum! This is perfect for summer. Also could you be any cuter?

  • yah I'm so glad you posted the recipe! And I love the cake topper, that's such a good idea. It looks so fancy and delicious

  • The cake looks so delicious, but the photos take the cake! You are so talented!!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

    CrystelleBoutique

  • I don't care if it's cheating or not, it looks incredible! I love all of the details from your sister's shower!

  • 1.) You look so cute! I love it! 2.) I love all your photos, so beautiful! 3.) I totally want to try one of those cake mixes now!

  • Beautifully delicious looking cake! I love fresh berries!

  • This sounds fabulous!!! I think I'll make it sometime! 🙂

  • Yum! This looks so delicious! I will have to make it for sure… and that cake topper? TOO CUTE!

  • The cake looks wonderful, and your dress is to die for! Too much cuteness all in one post!

  • Thanks so much!

  • yeah! And I am learning SO much!

  • Thanks pretty lady!

  • You are too sweet!

  • Thanks! It looks much fancier than it really is!

  • Oh girl! Thanks I have been practicing and I still have a lot of room to grow!

  • Thanks! It was one of those love at first site dresses!

  • I know! I am so glad I found her etsy site!

  • It is super easy!

  • me too!

  • I know! I just randomly grabbed it and I really liked it!

    and thanks for the sweet words!

  • HAHA! Good! Thanks 🙂

  • That looks delicious! I have to try adding fruit to my cake batter. I'm a huge baker and I use boxed cake + brownie mixes. It's okay to have a little help!

  • Thanks!!!

  • Krystal R.

    This looks absolutely yummy!!!

  • You totally should!!

  • It was so yummy!