Is it just me, or have you had a sweet tooth lately? The cravings can’t be beaten, and I’m giving in for some lemon pound cake. It’s the perfect time of year to bake a sweet dessert everyone can enjoy. The weather is warming up, and it's a perfect treat to indulge in. Can you just picture it and the smell, Mama’s freshly made Lemon Pound Cake that brings back memories of good times on the farm? Let’s recreate those days together.
A mouth-watering option for Lemon Pound Cake lovers is below, and it's sure to please. The recipe is flavored with lemon zest and juice and drizzled with a tart lemon glaze. It's the ultimate dessert for lemon lovers. Thank you to Once Upon a Chef for sharing this goodness! If baking isn’t your thing, skip to the last paragraph for the next best option to getting the scent of Lemon Pound Cake all around.
What you’ll need:
FOR THE CAKE
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with a knife
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk (low fat is fine)
- 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest, packed (see note)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 2-1/4 cups granulated sugar, plus more for the pan
- 3 large eggs
FOR THE SYRUP
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
FOR THE GLAZE
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Start by zesting and juicing your lemons. And be sure you zest the lemons first; otherwise, it will be impossible once they are juiced. The best tool for zesting is a rasp grater, but any fine grater will do.
Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. I always add dry ingredients in little piles, so I don't forget what I've already added.
Whisk and set aside.
In a separate bowl or measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs one at a time.
With the mixer on low speed, gradually alternate, adding the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the batter.
It’s important to add these ingredients gradually because the butter base of the cake does not absorb a lot of liquid easily. If you rush it, the batter may separate, which will cause your cake to be heavy.
Transfer the cake batter to the prepared bundt pan and smooth with a rubber spatula. To prep the pan, I grease it with vegetable shortening and then dust it with sugar. It works beautifully and leaves no floury residue on the outside of the cake.
Bake the cake for 65 to 75 minutes, until golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
Let the cake cool in the pan for about ten minutes. Meanwhile, make the syrup. Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, then stir in the lemon juice.
Invert the cake onto a wire rack. (Note: be sure to pop the cake out of the pan after ten minutes, as cooling too long in the pan will cause the cake to stick.) Slip a piece of parchment paper, aluminum foil, or paper towels underneath for easy clean-up.
Gradually brush the cake with the syrup, allowing it to soak in as you go. Try not to rush — some of the syrup will drip off, but you want the cake to absorb as much as possible.
Leave the cake to cool completely, about one hour, before glazing. To make the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir until well combined. Add more confectioners' sugar or lemon juice if necessary to make a thick but pourable glaze.
Once the cake is cool, drizzle the syrup over the top, letting it drip down the sides.
Let the glaze set, then serve.
As if a sweet treat isn’t enough, the perfect combo is the Lemon Pound Cake Soy Candle burning in the background. The Lemon Pound Cake candle brings a bright lemony scent with a buttery sweet vanilla cake aroma to the room. It's such a warming, cozy smell that takes you back to another time. Not only does it smell delicious, but lemon candles are also energizing and can relieve anxiety and depression. I think I'm in heaven between the sweet pound cake and the Lemon Pound Cake Soy Candle!
Try out the recipe and let us know what your taste buds think! We already know the Lemon Pound Cake Soy Candle is sure to please!