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Lemon Pound Cake

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Are you tired of lemon yet? No? Good. Because I have two more lemon recipes for you. The first one? This Lemon Pound Cake.

I’m going to go out on a limb and call this cake magical. Pure, delightful magic.

Unicorns flew around my kitchen.

There was a wizard sitting on my oven, a fairy in my hair, a mermaid swimming in my sink, and I think I even saw Harry Potter sneaking around my dining room.

Even if you think you don’t like lemon; if you swear up and down that lemon desserts are not your thing (ahem, MOM), you would like this pound cake.

Really, magic. Like the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny. Only better.

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I was worried about making something so…normal. I mean, you know me. When I make lemon desserts, I make them into cookies or fudge. I add cookies into blondies and Red Hots into Chex. I don’t do “normal” very often.

But a friend asked me if I had a lemon pound cake recipe. She was having a monster lemon pound cake craving. I still had a bag of lemons in my fridge…so how could I say no? Challenge accepted.

The cake part is a Martha Stewart recipe. I mean, Martha is rarely wrong, right? The cake is light and fluffy, while also dense. And it’s perfectly lemony thanks to the addition of lemon juice and lemon zest. I used Meyer Lemons in this, because that is what I had. This would be just as good with regular lemons too!

When the cake comes out of the oven, you cool it slightly and then remove it from the pan. And that’s when you add the magic to it. In this instance, the magic wand is in the form of a lemon glaze, made of sugar and water and lemon. You boil it down, simple-syrup style and pour it over the warm cake.

Then you make a lemon drizzle out of powdered sugar and lemon juice and pour that over the top of the cake once it’s cooled.

It’s the Lemon Trilogy. Pure magic!

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And you know the most magical part? This recipe makes TWO pound cakes. One to give…and one to eat all by myself in front of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

See? Magic, I tell you. Unicorns, lemon, and all.

Lemon Pound Cake

Yield: Makes 2 loaves.

Lemon Pound Cake

Cake recipe from Martha Stewart.

Ingredients

    For the pound cake:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used nonfat)
  • Zest of 1-2 lemons, finely grated (2 small, 1 large)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 large or 2 small lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • For the glaze
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from half to a full lemon, depending on size)
  • For the drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two loaf pans. (4 1/2-by-8-inch loaf pans work best, but if you only have the 9x5 size, that’s fine, your loaves will be longer and a little flatter.)
  2. In a liquid measuring cup, combine milk with lemon zest and juice. Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture (with the mixer on low) in three parts alternately with the milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Beat just until it comes together. Do not overmix!
  3. Divide batter evenly between pans; smooth tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 50-60 minutes with the smaller pans, 40-50 minutes with the larger pans. You can tent with foil if they brown too quickly.
  4. While the cakes are baking, make the glaze by heating granulated sugar and lemon juice in a small pan over low heat. Bring to a simmer and stir. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let sit until cakes are done.
  5. Once done, cool cakes 15 minutes in pan. Turn out cakes onto a rack. Use a pastry brush to spread the glaze evenly over the tops and sides of both cakes. Let dry and completely cool, at least 2 hours.
  6. Make the drizzle by mixing all ingredients with a whisk. Set rack with cakes over a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Pour drizzle over cooled cakes, letting it run down the sides; let dry, about 30 minutes.
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93 Responses to “Lemon Pound Cake”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on February 21, 2013 at 4:30 am (#)

    Wow I am loving the texture of this cake. And the flavor…nice job Dorothy! Love that you used a Martha recipe – she’s almost always spot-on and the cake looks spot-on!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 6:02 am

      Thanks Averie!

  2. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies posted on February 21, 2013 at 5:17 am (#)

    This cake looks so (appologies if you hate this word…) moist and amazing. Love lemon, could never get sick of it. Post a million more lemon recipes, please! :-D

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 6:02 am

      I know, that word is…weird. But it’s the only way to describe some things! LOL Thanks Kelly!

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on February 21, 2013 at 5:57 am (#)

    Ahhh omg I die for lemon! You know this, so what gives? I WAAAAANT. It looks so buttery and perfect and magical.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 6:01 am

      It really, really was!!! :) Thanks Hayley!

  4. Christina posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:11 am (#)

    Haha, I love that Harry Potter came to visit you in your kitchen. I guess he likes lemon too! :) I loooove lemon, can’t wait to make this!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Christina!! :)

  5. Joy (Yesterfood) posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:43 am (#)

    I am in a lemon swoon! (Lemon Trilogy, LOL!)

    This is beautiful, and I have pinned to try SOON! Thank you! :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Thank you for the pin! :)

  6. Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:49 am (#)

    I’m not someone who really *loves* lemon, but every now and then I totally crave a piece of lemon cake. This looks super yummy!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 10:40 am

      That’s funny, I’m the same way! Right now I’m STILL craving it…

  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:50 am (#)

    I want magical lemon pound cake that brings Harry and the Easter bunny to visit. It sounds like a truly delicious cake!!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Jocelyn! :)

  8. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:58 am (#)

    I am never tired of lemon and this pound cake looks exceptional!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Tonia! :)

  9. Ashley posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:21 am (#)

    I actually have a big bag of meyer lemons sitting in the fridge that are screaming for a recipe like this. Bring a little sunshine to this really cold winter day!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Totally! I want more cake. :)

  10. Mom posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:27 am (#)

    It looks wonderful…

  11. Trish @ Mom On Timeout posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:38 am (#)

    This cake looks amazing – so moist and yummy! I AM a big lemon fan so this looks PERFECT! And MAGICAL, of course!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Thanks Trish!

  12. Emily ~SoDomesticated~ posted on February 21, 2013 at 9:33 am (#)

    Lemon has to be one of my all-time favorite ingredients!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 10:38 am

      It’s quickly becoming mine! :)

  13. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on February 21, 2013 at 9:34 am (#)

    I made a Lemon loaf last week and its scheduled to post this or next week I can’t remember lol! I used a powdered sugar glaze on top but I love how you used that and a simple syrup. Triple threat! The lemon juice and lemon zest really do make a lemon dessert. And OMG the white party was getting a bit crazy! Who are you siding with Adrienne & Paul or Brandy/Lisa/Ken/Taylor? Lol

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Great minds! :) I am on Team Lisa/Brandy. I love how honest Brandy is and I feel like they always back her into a corner! lol

  14. Sandra Kohlmann posted on February 21, 2013 at 11:13 am (#)

    I just messaged my husband at work, to have him pick up lemons on his way home from work. I’m going to try making a vegan version of this tomorrow. It looks amazing.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Oh, yum! I’ll have to get that recipe from you! :)

  15. Joy @ Baking-Joy posted on February 21, 2013 at 11:49 am (#)

    This looks wonderful Dorothy! Lemon cake is one of my favourites :-)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks Joy!

  16. Erin @ Texanerin Baking posted on February 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm (#)

    Hahaha. Flying uniforms. You’re awesome. :D

    And I’m all for lemony things! Bring them on. This loaf looks especially delightful!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      I have So. Many. More. Ideas. :) Thanks Erin!

  17. Shannon @ Searching For Dessert posted on February 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm (#)

    Your pound cake looks beautiful and delicious! My husband just asked me to make a lemon pound cake for him a few days ago and I don’t have a good recipe so I’ve avoided it. Thanks for helping me out on this one :) I’m sure he will be quite excited!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      You’re welcome! Thank you! :)

  18. Rachel McGrath posted on February 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm (#)

    Oh I ADORE lemon pound cake!!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      I do too, now. :) Thanks Rachel!

  19. Ala posted on February 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm (#)

    I hope your mom becomes a convert ;) I see she’s commented…this looks gorgeous! Definitely revving myself up for some summer lovin’ with lemons soon.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks Ala!

  20. Liz @ Tip Top Shape posted on February 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm (#)

    I love lemony desserts! This looks delicious!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks Liz! :)

  21. Wendy @ AMFT posted on February 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm (#)

    Wow…it looks so moist! YUM! I love lemons…we have a huge lemon tree out back and I’m always looking for ways to use them up.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 21st, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      This is definitely a good way Wendy! :)

  22. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm (#)

    I LOVE made from scratch pound cakes Dorothy!! And I keep saying how much I love lemon desserts and umm…. never make them!!! This cake looks so moist (sorry to say it!!) But it looks like it would melt in my mouth. Amazing Dorothy, you hit a homerun!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:28 am

      I wish I could have sent you some Sally! This was my favorite to-date. :)

  23. Mel posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm (#)

    I have a huge lemon tree that fruits almost year round, always on the look out for new lemon goodies going to check them all out :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:27 am

      I wish we had a lemon tree! We’ve killed three, so I’m not thinking that’s going to happen anytime soon…

  24. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm (#)

    This does look magical! I could eat this everyday!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:27 am

      Thanks Jennifer!

  25. Melissa @ Bless this Mess posted on February 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm (#)

    Love me some lemon pound cake, but the husband doesn’t do citrus… good thing for me he’s our of town for the week :) I see this in my future.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:27 am

      Mine doesn’t either. Oh well, more for me! :)

  26. Heather @French Press posted on February 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm (#)

    lemon pound cake is truly one of my very favorite things to eat – this looks SO good, and I am a total Martha stalker:)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Thanks Heather!

  27. Kristin posted on February 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm (#)

    This sounds like all that is good and wonderful in the world. This is why we need tea time everyday. So I can snack on cake like this.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Totally! :)

  28. The Partiologist posted on February 22, 2013 at 5:14 am (#)

    I love love love LEMON! And could easily eat one loaf all by myself – looks delish!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:24 am

      Um, that’s kind of what I did, lol!! :)

  29. Jeni posted on February 22, 2013 at 5:41 am (#)

    Lemon pound cake just happens to be my favorite! My wedding cake was lemon pound cake, and it was delicious!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:24 am

      I wish I’d loved lemon when I got married. That would have been amazing. :)

  30. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on February 22, 2013 at 7:14 am (#)

    Oh Dorothy ever since I saw this on Instagram I have been craving a springy lemony treat! Great recipe

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 24th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Chandra!

  31. Laura Dembowski posted on February 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm (#)

    I love lemon desserts, though I didn’t when I was a kid. I also love Martha Stewart and all of her amazing recipes. The way you describe this cake makes me want to make it right now!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 24th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Laura! :)

  32. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on February 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm (#)

    I love lemon desserts–they are just so fresh and light. This cake looks like it is the perfect consistency, and that glaze does sound simply magical. Great job on this–wish I had a big hunk of it right now!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 24th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      I wish I had more too! :) Thanks Ashley!

  33. Monica posted on February 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm (#)

    This sounds so amazing! I have a few lemons left, and I think I just discovered what to do with them :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:23 am

      Enjoy! It’s so good. :)

  34. Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm (#)

    Yuuuuuuum that looks so good! Lemon is my favourite =D (hence why it’s in my logo) and I may be making this the next time I have a lemon pound cake craving!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I am in love with lemon!

  35. Endang posted on February 27, 2013 at 5:27 am (#)

    Hi Dorothy, nice to know you and your blog! For this lemon pound cake, how to make the surface of the cake is not broken? Your cake is very pretty, love it! ^_^

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 27th, 2013 at 6:13 am

      Honestly, I have no idea! That’s how they baked. Possibly because the pans weren’t overly full – they didn’t rise to a peak, just a flat top. :) Thank you!

  36. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on March 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#)

    Yummy, Dorothy! I love lemon flavors in baking and pound cake :)
    Thank you so much for coming by the party, hope to see you again tonight!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 3rd, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks Lyuba!

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  39. Monica posted on March 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm (#)

    Delish! Made this today and it came out so good. There is no need to ever buy store bought pound cake again. Thanks for sharing.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 20th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      I’m glad you liked it!!! :)

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  41. Julie @ This Gal Cooks posted on March 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm (#)

    This cake looks moist and delicious. Pinned to my food board! Thanks for sharing, Dorothy!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 31st, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Thanks julie!

  42. Karol posted on May 9, 2013 at 8:48 am (#)

    I want to make this tonight to bring in for a co-worker birthday. Will this recipe work in Bundt pan?

    Looks amazing!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 9th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      So sorry I just got this! Yes, you can!! :)

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  47. Toodie posted on April 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm (#)

    Oh goodness, I’m drooling on my screen! This looks so delicious!

  48. Amy posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:19 am (#)

    Lots of love for this cake. I made two loaves last night and broke into one this morning. Had some lovely slices with my coffee. I thought it would be made even more delectable with a blueberry topping. Simple syrup, add the berries, cool and then top slices as they’re served for dessert.

    Quick note: The batter calls for vanilla (1 tsp), but it’s not included in the directions. Assume it’s supposed to be with the creaming of sugar and butter. You may want to edit for future bakers.

    Thank you; delicious!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 14th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you for letting me know Amy! And for sure, the blueberry would be amazing!

  49. Anna posted on May 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm (#)

    I just made this in cupcake form and they turned out really well! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 1st, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Awesome! That’s great to know Anna. Thanks!

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