August 5, 2020

Lemon raspberry buckle

Finished Lemon Raspberry Buckle on a cake stand with a piece on a small plate.

This summer cake is filled with seasonal raspberries and lemon zest and topped with a buttery streusel topping for a delicious breakfast or snack anytime of the day!

Buckles are a cake that is similar to a coffee cake. They are a rich and buttery cake with a streusel topping and often contain berries or other seasonal fruits. This version has a cake with lemon zest that is topped with fresh raspberries and then the streusel.

Berry season is upon us and raspberries are starting to be very abundant right now. Raspberries are tart making them a great addition to sweet desserts and baked goods. A touch of lemon in the cake batter also helps to highlight the tartness of the berries.

Normally I would fold my berries into the batter, like when I make a blueberry buckle. But, since raspberries are very soft and fragile for this thick buckle batter, I put the raspberries in between the cake and streusel. It works well, especially because there's lemon in the cake itself, providing flavor to the cake batter.

This delightful summery cake is sure to brighten up anyone's day! You can use black raspberries or blackberries in place of raspberries in this recipe if you prefer or have those on hand. They will all be delicious. 

Make this lemon raspberry buckle for Mother's Day, Easter, brunches, a summer lunch, or anytime you want a special cake to share. Serve it with hot coffee or tea or as a dessert.

Side view of a finished lemon raspberry buckle on a cake stand with a slice of cake in front on a plate.

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Yield: 10-12 servings
Author: Amy Bartlett (Savory Moments)
Lemon Raspberry Buckle

Lemon Raspberry Buckle

This summer cake is filled with seasonal raspberries and lemon zest and topped with a buttery streusel topping for a delicious breakfast or snack anytime of the day!


For the streuel
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cubed
For the cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing
  • 1 large egg
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1-1/2 cups raspberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Make the streusel. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Cut in the butter until the mixture sticks together in crumb form. Refrigerate.
  3. Make the cake. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Beat together the sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment) until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon, egg, and vanilla.
  5. Slowly begin to add the milk and flour mixture a little at a time and alternating between the two, mixing after each addition. End with flour.
  6. Spread into the cake pan. The batter will be thick. Top with the raspberries. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top.
  7. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Place on a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving. Slice and serve from the cake pan, or remove to serve. Serve warm or room temperature.
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Close-up of the top of the finished lemon raspberry buckle cake.

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  1. Such a wonderful coffee cake! I simply can't resist anything with streusel...the more, the merrier :-)

  2. This looks delicious. Great tip about layering the raspberries instead of folding them in.

  3. Oh! I love lemon and berries together. And I love buckles. Never thought to add lemon to one, though. This is genius! Thanks.

  4. Lemon and berries together is just about perfect for any dessert!

  5. I've never made a buckle but I want to run out and buy raspberries just so I can make this! YUM!

  6. This looks absolutely FABULOUS!! I will definitely be saving this to try soon!

  7. How gorgeous is this! Love the raspberries and the streusel!

  8. I've never had or made a buckle. They look perfectly delicious and this one is no exception. Yum!

  9. Lemon and Raspberry combos are my jam. I crave this flavor combination. I'm so glad I found this recipe, it will be fun to make for a ladies luncheon.


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