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!
1 box Mmm… Yellow Cake Mix
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
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.
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.
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!

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



Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • 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


  • 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!