Lemon Raspberry Tea Cake

This lemon raspberry tea cake is super easy (nothing fancy in the ingredient department) and LOADED with juicy raspberries and bright, fresh lemon flavor.
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Hey friends! Whew, the book is FINALLY turned in!! I’ve been thinking I’d like to write about the cookbook-writing process here…would that interest you? I have a lot of thoughts that I would love to share if you’re interested. I get to see the manuscript one more time, for several weeks in May, and I believe at that point it will be all put together with photos + recipes…how exciting is that??!?!

Lemon Raspberry Tea Cake Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife

The one thing that isn’t finalized is the name…if you can believe it. So here are some of the names being thrown around: Decadent Cookie Cravings, Cookie Cravings, The Cookie Book, The Gourmet Cookie Book and Ooey Gooey Gourmet Cookies. Tell me what ones you like — I really want to know!! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below (or email me). I definitely have some favorites but there are a lot of people invested in the book at this point, so we have to balance everyone’s wants/desires/ideas.

Lemon Raspberry Tea Cake Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife

We have a release date as well!! This shouldn’t change…and if it all goes as scheduled it will be released just after mid-September. I’m going to hold off on the official release date until we know we’ve made it through these final stages without a hitch. And I can’t wait until we can start PRE-ORDERS!! Can you even!?!?!?!

Lemon Raspberry Tea Cake Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife

There are three recipes that have been deleted from the book…not because they suck, but because of room. I tend to be a wee winded with recipe-writing…I just want all of the details in there. So I will be sharing those recipes in the upcoming months, as well as some other stuff that had to be omitted because of space constraints…like what’s in the DisplacedKitchen (you wanna know, right?) and how to ensure perfect cookie success. Shall we call that: Baking Like a Baller?? Maybe that should be my new site name…

Lemon Raspberry Tea Cake Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife

Let’s chat about this lemon raspberry tea cake… I had to make something for a collaboration I did with All-Clad, but I didn’t have to create an original recipe for them (it was more about a pretty video and showing how to use a product of theirs). I wanted to do something fresh and spring-y and I ended up not liking any of the lemon cakes I was using so I created this lemon raspberry tea cake. She’s super easy (nothing too fancy in the ingredient department) and LOADED with juicy raspberries and bright, fresh lemon flavor. I love how she puffs up, bronzes and the top gets all cracked and crinkly.

I am so happy to get back to the routine of writing recipes and photographing them and writing about it here. I have truly missed it!! I have some exciting recipes to share coming up + working on some fun things to do (I’m thinking giveaways, signings, etc.) once the book comes out. I’m also working on a pre-order gift for everyone that orders the book before it’s released (Would you want to see fun videos of me making the more complex recipes in the book (I have a fun idea for this)? A print from the book? More secret recipes?). Once that gets finalized I’ll share it here first. I hope your day is aces!


Let’s bake some lemon raspberry tea cake, shall we?

Lemon Raspberry Tea Cake Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife

Lemon Raspberry Tea Cake

This lemon raspberry tea cake is super easy (nothing fancy in the ingredient department) and LOADED with juicy raspberries and bright, fresh lemon flavor.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: loaf cake
Servings: 1 tea cake


  • 3/4 cup + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (divided)
  • ¼ cup sunflower seed oil
  • 4 tablespoons 2 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (shaken and at room temperature)
  • 12 oz fresh raspberries*
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 thin lemon slices for the top (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease a 1.9 qt loaf pan** and line with parchment paper.
  • In an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment***, mix the granulated sugar, oil and butter on medium for 4 minutes or until completely blended together. With the mixer on low, add in the eggs, one at a time, taking care that each is well blended before adding in the next. Add in the lemon zest, vanilla and mix for 1 minute more or until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is well blended.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt. With the mixer on low, add 1/2 the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix until combined. Alternate between adding 1/2 the buttermilk and the remaining flour mixture (ending with the last of the buttermilk), making sure each addition is fully combined before adding in the next. Take the bowl out of the mixer and use a spatula to fold in the raspberries until evenly distributed throughout. Scoop the batter into the loaf pan filling until just ¾ full. Drizzle the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar + 1 teaspoon lemon juice evenly over the top. Let sit for 15 minutes before putting in the oven; this helps the cake get a wee more rise (and is optional). Bake for 50-55 minutes in the center of the oven or until a toothpick comes out clean. You want the top to be puffed up and golden and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out mostly clean, with the tiniest smidge of cake on it.
  • Let cool in the tin for about 30ish minutes, then use a butter knife and the parchment overhang to help get it out of the pan to finish cooling on a rack.
  • Once cool, whisk the glaze together in a small bowl. You want the glaze to be thick, so add extra milk sparingly. Drizzle over the top of the cake and let set for 15-30 minutes before serving. If feeling frisky, place three, super thin lemon slices over the top.


*I got a note from someone that their raspberries sunk to the bottom. I didn’t have that problem when testing, but baking can be like that sometimes! You can toss your berries in 1-2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour before adding to the cake batter and this can help remedy that!
**My pan is from Ikea. Something in the 9X5-ish range should work (don’t go smaller). Just take care not to fill over 3/4 full, as the cake will rise quite a bit.
***This lemon raspberry tea cake was originally created using the All-Clad Prep&Cook (for a sponsored Instagram post)…if you’re using the Prep&Cook, use the kneading/crushing blade with the P3 pastry program and run the machine for several minutes at step 2, then add your dry ingredients to the bowl alternating with the buttermilk and run the machine for several minutes more until blended. Fold the berries in by hand.
***This can also be made with a bowl, spatula and some arm muscle.
Thanks for baking with me! Please rate + comment this recipe and tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your beautiful treats! xo


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  • Linda July 12, 2018 at 3:04 AM

    I went to visit my BFF last week, and the first thing out of her mouth was ” You’re going to bake while you’re here, right?” I made two of these beautiful cakes. My friend’s husband practically devoured the entire cake the first night! This is one gorgeous cake that tastes divine. A keeper for sure! I will be making this on the weekend for my own dessert loving husband. Thanks for all the divine recipes, Rebecca! Can hardly wait to see your book!

    • Rebecca Firth July 15, 2018 at 11:07 PM

      She sounds like a fun BFF!!! I am so glad that you love this one as much as I do!!! Happy baking and thank you so much!!! xoxoxo

  • Amisha April 17, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    I love the Gourmet Cookie Book for sure!!! Its my favorite! YOU NEED the word Gourmet! :D

  • kate | tasty seasons April 17, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    congratulations – i can’t wait to see the finished book! i’m leaning towards cookie cravings or the cookie book and would love to hear about the process. would also love to meet you if you make it to boston! i’m in portland, maine (2 hours north) so frequently in boston. congrats again! so happy for you! xo!

  • sue | theviewfromgreatisland April 16, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    This cake is soooooo up my alley, I love all the juicy berries you packed inside…and my vote is “Cookie Cravings” :)

  • Rebecca Firth April 16, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Thank you Laura — me too!!! xoxo

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