Recipe | Raspberry ripple sponge cake

Raspberry ripple sandwich cake cut

Easy to make, this summery treat may be the nicest cake I’ve ever had. And I don’t say that lightly: I’ve eaten A LOT of cake in my time 🙂

This week I’m continuing to fulfill my promise to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and Soul. If you like reading uplifting contemporary romance, you can get your own copy on Amazon.

One of the characters, Ronnie, owns a cake shop, and this raspberry ripple cake is just one of the delicious offerings her lucky customers can enjoy.

Slice raspberry ripple sandwich cake with raspberry buttercream filling

You can see the other cakes which feature in Art and Soul, including chocolate fudge and red velvet, here.


  • 250g / 8.8 oz butter or margarine
  • 250g / 8.8 oz caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g / 8.8. oz self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 175g / 6.2 oz fresh raspberries


  • Make your raspberry purée. I pushed the raspberries through a sieve using the back of a spoon, letting the juice drip into a bowl below, but you could whiz the raspberries in a blender and then sieve afterwards. Set to one side.
  • Now make your sponge cakes. Grease and line two 8-inch (20 cm), round cake tins. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees C (140 degrees C fan), 320 degrees F or Gas Mark 3.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, beating your mixture after adding each egg. Then add the vanilla extract and flour and stir until you have a smooth mixture.
  • Divide your mixture in two and spoon into the cake tins. Using the back of a spoon, make a number of wells in each tin but don’t go right to the bottom of the tin. Spoon your raspberry purée into these wells, as shown in the photos below. BUT make sure you keep 2 tablespoonfuls of purée to flavour the buttercream filling later.

Wells in cake mix for raspberry filling and with filling

  • Then use a knife or skewer to swirl the purée through the mixture. Like this:

Raspberry marble swirl in cake mix

  • Bake your cakes for about 30 minutes or until a knife or skewer inserted into the middle of a cake comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tins before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Finished raspberry ripple cakes still in tins

For the filling I made a standard buttercream, making far too much as usual. 75 g (2.6 oz) of butter/marg and 150g (5.3 oz) icing sugar will be more than enough. Add two tablespoons of raspberry purée to your buttercream. If adding the liquid makes the buttercream too sloppy, add some extra icing sugar or put in the fridge to harden up.

You could cover your cakes with the buttercream if you want, but I think the top is too pretty to hide. I piped the buttercream between the laters.

Raspberry ripple sandwich cake

Absolutely delicious! Particularly only a couple of hours after baking 🙂

Claire Huston / Art and Soul

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