Raspberry Lemon Coffee Cake & A Special Housewarming

by Kate on April 17, 2013

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When it comes to the change of seasons, my second favorite thing is the new temperature and bringing out a wardrobe that hasn’t been worn in months which makes it all feel new again. My very favorite thing? The changing flavors. As spring emerges I’m all about lemons. Perhaps citrus is considered more of a winter fruit but it’s bright, vibrant smell and flavor scream spring awakening to me. When it comes to pairing it, I adore raspberries with lemons even if raspberries are a mid-summer fruit. It’s all about melding the old with the new and making a smooth transition.

Not only am I talking about produce and this lovely Raspberry Lemon Coffee Cake but that also applies to life. When you move on to a new stomping ground you take with you your memories, your belongings and the vibrant excitement of a new start. My friend Ashton of Something Swanky has recently made that very transition. She moved to a new home. Congratulations Ashton!!

Happy Housewarming Ashton!

To celebrate this momentous move, a few of us decided to throw a virtual housewarming for Ashton to mark the occasion and wish her well. Let me tell you a bit about Ashton. I’ve come to know her mostly though Facebook and Google+ after we both attended Online BlogCon together. The camaraderie in this group is astounding and the support is amazing. I thought the learning would take place at the conference, which it did but not only that… this group continued to grow, bond, share knowledge, and endlessly support one another.

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Ashton loves desserts just as much as I do and has a true talent for DIY blog design. Don’t want to DIY? She has an Etsy shop too where she’s more than happy to design something especially for you. She also love all things North Carolina and being a Carolina girl myself, I love that about her. She loves the color pink, tex-mex, her camera and marshmallow cream. How can you not adore this girl? You can read plenty more about her HERE too! She’s always willing to lend a helping hand and is such a doll. Oh! And she’s a fellow Food Fanatic Contributor with a special knack for copycat recipes.

Ashton makes me drool all over my keyboard several times a week with her incredible creations. I adore this Salted Toffee Chocolate Popcorn because you know how I adore salty/sweet combos! These Lemon Chia Seed Pudding Muffins really appealed to me since I’ve been trying to incorporate chia seeds into my diet and well, I just told you all about my love of lemon. Oh and speaking of lemon, these Pink Lemonade Muddy Buddies had me running right out to the store! There are so many delectable delights to be found on Something Swanky so be sure to get clicking over there. You won’t be able to stop.

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In the meantime, Ashton I baked this coffee cake for you in the hopes that it would warm your new home and bring spring scents of bright lemon along with it. I wish you the best of luck and the warmest of new memories in your new home. Congratulations again! Everyone join us in welcoming Ashton into her new home and see what everyone else made for the housewarming party.



Julianne at Beyond Frosting – Pound cake with Champagne Glaze

Kate at Food Babbles – Raspberry Lemon Coffee Cake

Anna at Crunchy Creamy Sweet – Glazed Vanilla Donut Muffins

Loretta at A Finn in the Kitchen – Caramelized Almond Nougat Mousse Ice-cream

Joanne at Fifteen Spatulas – Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Ashley at Kitchen Meets Girl – Blueberry Muffins

Amber at Bluebonnets and Brownies – Lemon Drop Cookies

Dorothy at Crazy for Crust – Reese’s Fudge

Joan at Chocolate Chocolate and more – Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Quiche

Roxana at Roxana’s Home Baking – Banana Sheet Cake

Julie at White Lights on Wednesday – Mocha Cupcake Milkshake

Hayley at The Domestic Rebel – Banana Split Poke Cake

Tanya at Lemons for Lulu – Lemon Muffins

Natasha at The Cake Merchant – Nutella Layer Cake

Jocelyn at Inside Brucrew Life – Butterscoth Banana Muffins

One Year Ago: Bite-Size Bacon, Mushroom & Gruyere Quiche

Two Years Ago: Sopaipillas with Chocolate Sauce

Raspberry Lemon Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Raspberry Lemon Coffee Cake

A lemony raspberry coffee cake with a cheese filling and almond streusel on top.


  • 1 1/2 cups plus 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon zest, divided
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9" round springform pan with nonstick baking spray and line the bottom of the pan with a parchment circle. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment beat brown sugar and butter until combined and fluffy. Add 1 egg, vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Beat on low until incorporated.
  4. Beginning and ending with the flour, alternate adding flour then buttermilk to the sugar mixture, beating after each addition just until combined. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar until combined. Add the remaining 1 egg and remaining 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Beat until incorporated. Set aside.
  6. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar with the flour, almonds, cinnamon and salt. Add the butter and using your hands, rub the butter into the mixture evenly. Refrigerate.
  7. Spoon half that cake batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top and spread evenly. Dollop the remaining cake batter on top of the cream cheese layer.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the cake briefly. Working quickly, gently press the raspberries into the top of the cake and sprinkle with the almond streusel mixture. Return the pan to the oven and continue baking an additional 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Remove the cake from the oven and cool on a wire rack in the pan.


Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens | April 2012


{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen April 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

Gorgeous cake for a housewarming or just because! Anything with fresh berries and streusel is a good idea for me.


suzanne April 17, 2013 at 8:27 am

OMG, thats beautiful. I love coffee cake and wish I could eat it every morning with my coffee (donuts are great too) love the raspberries and crumble topping. Your photo is fantastic.


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Thank you Suzanne! This was a lovely little treat, perfect for breakfast or a snack or a not so sweet dessert.


Julianne @ Beyond Frosting April 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

How beautiful! I love the raspberries and streusel!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Thank you Julianne!


tanya April 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

Kate, this coffee cake is gorgeous! The perfect food to have before a big day of unpacking!! I love the raspberries!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Thank you Tanya!


Julie @White Lights on Wednesday April 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

Lemon and raspberry sounds SO good right now. 🙂


Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

This is gorgeous!

Love raspberries, thanks for sharing,

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Jenn’s Random Scraps


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Thank you for your kind words Jennifer!


Ashton April 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

Oh my goodness– you are are way too sweet to me!!! (pun intended 😉 ) Every time I go to a new post, I just keep saying “oh my gosh! oh my gosh!” I can’t get over this virtual housewarming party! And what a surprise!!!!! Thank you so much 🙂 And this coffee cake looks unreal– I CANNOT wait to try it out!! I am SO ready for lemon!! You’re a doll! Thanks again 🙂


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

You’re very welcome, Ashton! Congratulations again. Enjoy your new home!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

Wow! Now I am seriously wishing we could have this party in real! I want a slice of this cake!!!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I wish we could have all had this party for real! 😉 It would have been amazing.


Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel April 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

The crumb on this coffee cake is OUTRAGEOUS! I am obsessed with extra extra crumb 🙂 and I LOVE the combo of lemon and raspberry. So fresh for spring!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks so much Hayley! I can totally get down with a good crumb topping 😉


marcie@flavorthemoments April 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

This looks SO delicious. I want some with my coffee right now!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Thank you Marcie!


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking April 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

You managed to bring together two seasons – winter through the lemony touch and spring through the irresistible berries – in one delicious cake Kate.


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Thank you Roxana!


Laura@bakinginpyjamas April 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I agree when it comes to spring and lemons, I’ve been baking with lots of lemons as the spring weather has been making an appearance. This cake looks lovely Kate, I like that you can see the raspberry’s poking through the top of the cake.


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Thank you Laura! That was one of my favorite things too, the plump raspberries dotting the top peeking through the streusel.


Anna (Hidden Ponies) April 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Coffee cake is a perfect housewarming contribution! This looks wonderful.


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Thank you Anna!


Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl April 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Oh, I LOVE a good coffee cake, and this one looks amazing! Thanks so much for getting in on Ashton’s housewarming party with me–it’s so fun to see what everyone brought. I wish I could try everything!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I wish we could try everything too!!! Oh my goodness, this was such a delectable party.


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I’m totally drooling over this cake! SO delish.


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thank you Dorothy!


ashley - baker by nature April 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Such a stunning coffee cake! I totally want a slice with my morning joe.


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Thank you Ashley!


Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 18, 2013 at 5:16 am

Your cake looks so delicious! I love the sound of all of it, raspberries, streusel topping, cream cheese filling = yum!!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Thank you Rosie!


laurasmess April 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

I love coffee cakes… with the fruit and oats, I feel like I’m eating something nourishing with my coffee rather than just something sugary! The cream cheese filling sounds absolutely delicious. You’re so creative and I’m loving the virtual housewarming… it’s helping me discover a whole lot more gorgeous blogs, like yours!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by Laura! I’m so happy you did and I’m happy to hear you like this coffee cake. Thank you for all your kind words!


Natasha @ The Cake Merchant April 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

I love coffee cake, and this one looks delicious! I’m so glad I found your blog through Ashton’s housewarming!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Thanks for stopping by Natasha!! I loved discovering all the new blogs as well. Yours is wonderful!!


Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen April 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

What a great idea to use raspberry and lemon in a coffee cake! I bet it tastes so refreshing. Awesome use of almonds in the streusel 🙂


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Thank you Loretta! Those almonds were so nice with the lemon and raspberry and added a nice bit of crunch to this cake 🙂


Jocelyn @BruCrew Life April 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

You had me at cheese filling and streusel topping…this is gorgeous looking!!!!


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Thank you Jocelyn!


Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas April 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

What a fantastic team of flavors here! Glad we threw such a tasty party for Ashton =)


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Thank you Joanne! So happy to have been a part of this tasty party and to have discovered a few new blogs. Yours is just lovely!


Terra April 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

What a lovely housewarming treat, that is really sweet of you all to create treats for Ashton! This coffee cake is seriously so beautiful, and would be AWESOME with my coffee right about now! Hugs, Terra


Kate April 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Thank you for all your sweet words, Terra! This was such a lovely cake that I wish we could have all truly shared but the virtual party was lovely still.


Joan@Chocolate and More April 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Love Ashton and I love the flavor combination of this coffee cake!


Susan @ Oh My! Creative April 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Thanks for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday! Your recipe has been featured this week!




Kate April 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Thanks so much Susan! I’m thrilled that you liked this coffee cake so much. Thanks for the feature!


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