preserved lemon and raspberry bundt cake


Greetings! The baking in hot weather continues…

I finally made some time to bake something. It was a combination of not planning ahead, not having a clean kitchen, needing to do other things, not getting enough sleep, and of course, the hot weather, which makes me want to stay as far away from an oven as possible!


Today I decided to finally make something with the bottle of preserved lemons I had purchased a long time ago. Yes, one can certainly preserve lemons, but the bottle of preserved lemons from Tunisia called to me to purchase it. (and then just sat in my cupboard while other ingredients got utilized!)


I thought of my bottle of preserved lemons today after going online and seeing lemon being paired quite a bit with berries and yogurt or sour cream, in cakes. And since I had all those ingredients, it thought it was time to see if I can substitute preserved lemons and use it in a cake!


I think the thing I like about this recipe is that it’s not too tart, but not overly sweet. I decided against an icing, but instead to just use a simple dusting of confectioner’s sugar, for fear of making it too sweet.


I really love how the raspberries are scattered throughout the batter, causing bursts of red when you cut a slice and look at a cross section of the cake. Ben thinks it would go great with whipped cream or ice cream, and/or coffee. I agree.



Preserved Lemon Raspberry Bundt Cake (adapted from Desserts Required)


3 cups All-Purpose Flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 1/2 cups sugar

5 eggs, room temp.

1 preserved lemon, cored, pulp removed, minced

1 cup sour cream

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 heaping cup raspberries, fresh or frozen


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Set aside baking spray with flour and butter, and a 14 cup Bundt cake pan.

Sift flour and baking soda into a bowl, and stir with a whisk to blend thoroughly. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl, until fluffy and pale. Add eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla, beating on medium until blended, and scraping down the sides of the bowl and mixing, as needed. Slowly add in preserved lemon.

Alternating with the flour mixture and the sour cream and the lemon, add a little of each, starting with a 1/3 of the flour, followed by half of the lemon juice, and sour cream, blending a little with each addition, until all ingredients have been added to the batter. Before all flour has been added, add the raspberries to the flour to coat each berry, which will help it from sinking, and will help it keep its shape. After coating the raspberries, fold it into the batter carefully.

Spray your Bundt pan with baking (butter and flour) spray. Add the batter to the pan and level with a spoon or small offset spatula.

Bake on center rack in oven for about an hour and 10 minutes, or, when inserting a long wooden skewer, it comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in bundt pan on a wire rack for about 10-15 minutes, then remove/invert cake on another rack.

You can either make a simple icing with confectioner’s sugar and a little lemon juice to desired consistency, or else just do what I did, which was just to dust with a little confectioner’s sugar, making sure to dust only after cake has cooled.



28 responses to “preserved lemon and raspberry bundt cake”

  1. Victo Dolore Avatar

    I am so glad that I do not live anywhere near you! 😉


    1. davegon Avatar

      Haha! Thanks!


  2. Jess Avatar

    Great looking cake Dave- nice work!


    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks, Jess!!


  3. Lily Avatar

    Wow, what a perfectly baked cake, looks so moist inside, yum and pinned for later!


    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks Lily!


  4. Liz Avatar

    Dave this cake looks so good I don’t know what to say. I just wish I could taste it….maybe I will try and bake one for myself. I love the way the cherries pop off the slice..thanks so much for sharing!


    1. davegon Avatar

      Oh, thank you!! You have a great week as well!


  5. Lori Avatar

    This looks and sounds amazing!


  6. Sadia Mohamed Avatar

    Wooow! The cake looks soo perfectly moist and crumbly.


  7. tinywhitecottage Avatar

    Another perfectly baked cake from you! Raspberries and preserved lemons…a perfect combination for a cake.


    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks! Hope you’re doing ok with the heat.


  8. Nashla Avatar

    Hi Dave. Love the recipe and the cake looks yummy. One question, aren’t lemons preserved in salt? Is there a different method I’m not aware off?


    1. davegon Avatar

      Hi Nashla,
      You are right. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any other method to preserve lemons. So, the lemons I used were salty. Fortunately, one can wash the lemon, to lessen the salt, beforehand. I think the recipe worked well because there wasn’t any additional salt, plus the mincing of the lemon helped make sure it was dispersed into the batter, so the final product didn’t taste that salty to me. I hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by!


  9. Nashla Avatar

    Thanks so much. I have never worked with preserved lemons but always wanted to try. Thanks to your yummy recipe, now I can.


  10. Geraldine Avatar

    This looks delicious!!!!!!!!!


    1. davegon Avatar

      Thank you!!


  11. Alice Avatar

    Can you buy preserved lemons, and if so, does anyone know where? This is my first time to hear of preserved lemons. Wonder if it would work if I used fresh ones and added salt? By the way, the cake looks amazing.


    1. davegon Avatar

      Hi Alice! I would try markets or grocery stores that have either an international aisle, or specialty food stores that have gourmet items. Or try making preserved lemons using this recipe: I don’t think using fresh lemons would work, because the rind would be really bitter, but I think using lemon zest and maybe lemon extract and juice in a cake batter, would be reasonable. There are a ton of bundt cake recipes for lemon pound cakes that use a combination of the lemon juice, zest, and extract, and they turn out great.


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  13. Jane mason Avatar
    Jane mason

    Would this work with just lemon zest, husband doesnt like too strong a lemon flavour, such a pretty cake ,this will be my second bundt cake that ive made, dont want to muck it up.
    Thanks Jane

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Hi Jane, I think that would be fine!


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    […] salad a couple weeks ago, I wanted to try a sweet recipe with the lemon preserves. I decided on a lemon raspberry Bundt cake, because I love raspberries — and because it was one of the better-sounding options on the […]


  15. Cheri L Nelius Avatar
    Cheri L Nelius

    I made this cake using blueberries. Absolutely delightful! Perfectly moist, and super flavorful! I have already added the recipe to my favorites list. Do yourself a HUGE favor…Make. This. Cake!
    Thank you, Dave💛

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  16. Joshua Farrell Avatar
    Joshua Farrell

    Greetings! Is it okay to add berries while still frozen?


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    1. Dave G Avatar

      Hi Joshua,
      I’m just now seeing this. I think it’s fine although I’ve actually never used them when frozen, but I think the batter is quite heavy so it should be fine. Even if frozen, I think using the flour to coat each berry helps keep it from sinking..


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