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Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch

If you love a delicious pound cake with a lemony twist, this is the recipe for you! You’re going to love this new cake from Out of the Box Baking!

If you love a delicious pound cake with a lemony twist, this is the recipe for you! You’re going to love this new cake from Out of the Box Baking!

Lemon Cakes are the Best! 

I don’t know about you but I’m absolutely in love with anything lemon! I love lemon pie, lemon cheesecake, and lemon cupcakes! 

So, when I came up with the idea for this lemon pound cake, I knew it would be good even before I tasted it! And best of all, I didn’t even have to buy cake flour! This recipe calls for all purpose.

I took my orange raspberry pound cake recipe and simply converted it to lemon. I happened to have blueberries on hand and thought about using them, but I was in the mood for simple. (Let’s face it: sometimes simple is better.) 

The cake was so simple to make (more about that later) and it tasted amazing. But before we get into all of that, let’s have a little chat about citrus cakes and why they’re so good.

Why Make a Lemon Cake? 

I mentioned above that I’m a fan of anything lemon but you might wonder why lemon cakes, in particular, are so popular. Here are just a few of the reasons: 

Zesty, bright, tangy: These are all words to describe citrus cakes. Many people serve them in the summertime because of their brightness. Lemons are also refreshing, and make you feel good. 

Lemons are loaded with juice. This adds to the overall moisture of the cake. You rarely see a dry lemon cake!

Lemons are versatile: They pair well with so many other flavors. Take raspberries, for instance. Or blueberries. Or strawberries. Lemon and berries. . .what a perfect combination! 

Lemons have a bright appearance. They’re so bright and colorful! 

Lemons are inexpensive. You can buy a whole bag of them for just a few dollars. You can always keep them unhand for zesting or juicing. 

Lemons are rich in vitamin c and other nutrients. Okay, they don’t exactly make your cake healthy, but they do add some necessary nutritional value. 

Have I convinced you yet that lemon is the way to go? Okay, great! Let’s get started with this delicious cake! 

Lemon Pound Cake Ingredients 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick look at what you’ll need to make this cake. These are such simple ingredients. You might already have them on hand in your kitchen. 

FOR THE CAKE

  • room temperature butter (salted or unsalted, your choice)
  • sugar
  • room temperature eggs
  • lemon zest and juice
  • lemon juice
  • all purpose flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • lemon extract (optional, if you don’t have lemon juice)

FOR THE GLAZE

  • powdered sugar
  • lemon juice

How to Make Luscious Lemon Pound Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Grease bundt pan or tube pan. Set prepared pan aside.

Combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Whisk together. Set aside. 

Combine eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside. 

Cube butter and place in large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. (I opted to use my food processor.) 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Cream butter until light and fluffy. 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Add sugar and continue to beat until well incorporated. 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Add eggs and lemon juice and mix at low to medium speed until it all comes together into a smooth mixture. 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Now work in your flour mixture, half at a time on low speed. Don’t over mix. 

You will have a thick batter. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula so you don’t leave any batter behind.

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Spoon cake batter into prepared bundt pan. 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Place in preheated 350-degree oven and bake for 55 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch. 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Remove from oven and place on wire cooling rack to let cake cool. 

Once you can handle the pan, flip it and allow cake to release naturally. 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

While cake is cooling, make your glaze. 

Combine lemon juice and powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar) in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth and lump free.

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Drizzle over the top of the cooled cake. 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Slice and serve. 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap. I prefer to refrigerate mine because I love my lemon cake cold. 

What to Expect from this Lemon Bundt Cake

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Is there anything better than a homemade lemon pound cake? I think not!

This is a true pound cake so it’s got some weight to it, but it still somehow manages to be light and fluffy, as well. It’s a moist lemon pound cake, but in no way soggy. In short, it’s just perfect!

I love the texture, but I especially love the lemon flavor of this luscious lemon cake. I’m a fan of anything lemon, as I mentioned above. 

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake from Scratch from Out of the Box Baking

Pound cake is one of those cakes that tastes even better the next day. The depth of flavor seems to intensify as time goes on. 

Variations on this Recipe

This is such a lovely and simple recipe, which makes it perfect for adaptations. Here are a few ideas that come to mind: 

Orange instead of lemon: This is an easy switch! Use orange juice in place of lemon juice. The outcome will be lovely! 

Berries: You can add a cup of berries to the batter. Before you (gently) stir them in, coat them in flour. Types of berries could include: blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or any number of other berries. 

Lemon Curd: I think this would be delicious paired with my amazing homemade lemon curd.

White Chocolate: I think that melted white chocolate would be amazing drizzled on top of this cake! 

Other Lemon Favorites from Out of the Box Baking

The Ultimate Lemon Chiffon Cake

Luscious Lemon Custard Bars

Lemon Coconut Loaf

Delicious Lemon Coconut Bars

That’s it for this post, friends!

I hope you enjoyed this delicious lemon pound cake recipe. Lemon lovers are sure to love it!

If you make this recipe and love it, don’t forget to leave a review and a comment below. And while you’re at it, go ahead and pin some photos to your Pinterest boards!

See this recipe at:

Full Plate Thursday 

Weekend Potluck

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About the Author

Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 165 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

If you love a delicious pound cake with a lemony twist, this is the recipe for you! You’re going to love this new cake from Out of the Box Baking!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CAKE
  • 1 cup (two sticks) room temperature butter (salted or unsalted, your choice)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 room temperature eggs
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • FOR THE GLAZE
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Grease bundt pan or tube pan.

    Combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Whisk together. Set aside.

    Combine eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Set aside.

    Cube butter and place in large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. (I opted to use my food processor.)

    Cream butter until light and fluffy.

    Add sugar and continue to beat until well incorporated.

    Add eggs and lemon juice and mix until it all comes together into a smooth mixture.

    Now work in your flour mixture, half at a time on low speed. Don’t over mix.

    You will have a thick batter.

    Spoon into prepared bundt pan.

    Place in preheated 350-degree oven and bake for 55 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch.

    Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

    Once you can handle the pan, flip it and allow cake to release naturally.

    While cake is cooling, make your glaze.

    Combine lemon juice and powdered sugar and whisk until smooth and lump free.

    Drizzle over the top of the cooled cake.

    Slice and serve.

    Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap. I prefer to refrigerate mine because I love my lemon cake cold.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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