Raspberry Cream Cheese Filled Cake

The weather here in Seattle has been pretty craptasitc for the last few days. You’d think that it was fall outside. Not that I don’t like fall, but I am anxious for my summer to start since July is already winding down. The one good thing about the fall like weather though is that it makes me want to be in the kitchen and ever since I watched last week’s episode of Masterchef, I’ve had a hankering for a layered cake. A cake with raspberry cream cheese filling to be more exact. So I made one. And by golly it actually turned out good.

I say actually because I usually have a really hard time baking cakes. They usually either fall, are rock hard and paper thin or stick to the pan. This time however, after some advice from friends, I decided to measure the flour by weight and use the foaming method rather than the creaming method.

The foaming method, if you are not sure, is when you beat the eggs and sugar together rather than creaming the sugar and butter. The result is a lighter airier cake.  And after my success with using this method, I think that it will be my go to method from now on.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Filled Cake Recipe

Makes 1 (2 layer cake) Prep Time: Cook Time:

Cake Ingredients:

  • 8 large eggs at room temperature
  • 16 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 16 ounces all purpose flour (about 4 cups), sifted
  • 16 ounces unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry preserves

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 – 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 - 5 tablespoons milk



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (9- inch round) cake pans with parchment paper.


Using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice until the eggs triple in volume, about 3 minutes.


Stir in the sifted flour, mix just until blended.


Fold in the butter.


Pour batter evenly into prepared cake pans. Place in the oven and bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Allow to cool several minutes before removing from the cake pans. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.


While you are waiting for the cakes to cool, using a handheld mixer or stand mixer to whip the softened cream cheese, 1 cup of powdered sugar and raspberry preserves together until smooth and creamy.


In another bowl, cream together ½ cup softened unsalted butter and 3 cups of powdered sugar. Once combined, beat in vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons of milk. Mixture should be thick but spreadable. If the mixture is too thick add some more milk, if it is too thin add more powdered sugar.


After the cake has cooled completely, place one layer of the cake on a serving platter. Spread the raspberry cream cheese filling on the top of cake. Place the other cake on top. Frost with the butter cream frosting. Serve



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    Carlos del Sol
    February 21, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I just tried the raspberry/cream cheese filling for a dark chocolate cake. The raspberry is totally over powered by the tartness of the cream cheese so there’s no point to it. would have been better off adding the berry to the buttercream and leaving out the cream cheese.

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    September 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Elane- Sorry you had trouble with this cake. This is a traditional old fashioned pound cake recipe. If you were looking for something a little lighter and fluffier you might prefer a sponge cake which uses the foaming method rather than the creaming method and usually calls for baking powder.

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    September 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    This cake is a disaster! I had my doubts before I began. A pound of butter, no baking powder, no baking soda–it’s flat, looks like cornbread, tastes like pure butter. What a waste of time and ingredients. First time I ever had a failed cake!

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    July 20, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I watched that episode of Masterchef too!! Your cake looks wonderful. I finally just made a layer cake that turned out recently too… though my filling was not as thick nor as tasty!!

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    July 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    What a beautiful cake Des! Yes, it’s time for summer indeed:(

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    July 19, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I’m broadening my horizons and actually reading posts of desserts and baked goods. I won’t make them in all likelyhood, but I can think about what if I had a sliver of your lovely cake.