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Iced Lemon Pound Cake – Sally’s Baking Dependancy


Dense, buttery pound cake will get a lemon carry on this brilliant and cheery citrus model. Iced lemon pound cake is tremendous moist and bursting with the flavors of recent lemon, creamy butter, and candy vanilla. A creamy lemon icing that units on prime is the one adorning this small-yet-stunning cake requires.

One reader, Laurie, says: “I’ve by no means made pound cake earlier than however this turned out very properly. It was moist and scrumptious. It took 50 minutes to bake and I’m glad you talked about that a few moist crumbs on a toothpick is okay, in any other case I’ll have left it within the oven longer and it might have been a bit dry. I used the zest of 1 1/2 lemons as recommended as I really like lemon. I’m making one other one at the moment! ★★★★★

iced lemon pound cake loaf slices on marble board with lemons on the side.

Right here’s precisely what you’ll want to make when it’s citrus season: grapefruit Greek yogurt cake.

But when grapefruit isn’t your preferrred selection, iced lemon pound cake is one other residence run. I initially revealed this recipe on my web site in 2017 and I make it at the least as soon as each winter season. Think about a espresso store lemon loaf, however with a tighter crumb and with supremely recent taste you solely get from home made. (Nothing compares!)

Do you take pleasure in pound cake? My favourite is that this cream cheese pound cake, which has an upgraded taste, tight and dense crumb, and stays splendidly buttery and tender. Brown butter pound cake has an analogous texture and comes with the addition of brown butter taste. Level being—I really like including aptitude and taste to pound cake, and lemon is at all times a stunning selection.

lemon pound cake loaf with 3 slices cut on marble serving tray.

By the way in which, if you happen to’ve tried the lemon loaf recipe in my cookbook Sally’s Baking Dependancy, you’ll recognize at the moment’s recipe, too. The cookbook variation is a lighter-crumbed fast bread—tender and ethereal like birthday cake, however with large and brilliant lemon taste that hits as quickly as you’re taking the primary chunk.


The Precise Texture of This Lemon Pound Cake

Immediately’s recipe has the identical wake-up-your-tastebuds taste as my cookbook variation, however the texture is somewhat totally different. It’s:

  • Unapologetically moist
  • Caramelized across the edges
  • Dense and satisfying with out tasting heavy
  • Tremendous wealthy and buttery
  • Further clean with a velvety crumb
lemon pound cake sliced with icing dripping down in the front.

Greatest Substances to Use & Why I Don’t Suggest Substitutions

You want simply 9 components within the lemon pound cake batter. With so few components, it’s finest to stay to the recipe as a result of every has an essential job. I’ve tried my hand at many variations, and preserve coming again to this recipe due to its cautious ratio of components. I don’t suggest straying.

Dry Substances: You want all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. The quantity of flour isn’t a misprint. You actually solely want 1.5 cups, or 188g. Someway, it simply works!

Moist Substances: Seize your room-temperature butter and sugar, you then’ll want eggs, bitter cream for moisture (it additionally retains the crumb a bit mild), vanilla extract, and lemon zest + juice.

ingredients on marble counter including flour, butter, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, salt, and sugar.

Useful Tip: You want lemon zest and juice and it’s best to zest the lemon earlier than juicing it. Right here’s the citrus zester and the citrus juicer I take advantage of if you happen to want suggestions.


Anticipate a Thick Lemon Pound Cake Batter

It is a thick batter. Not like vanilla cake or chocolate cake, there’s no milk to skinny issues out. The one actual liquid is from the lemon juice, and there isn’t an excessive amount of of it. Pound muffins don’t usually embrace liquid apart from eggs. (In case you think about these liquid!)

thick yellow batter in glass bowl with red spatula.

You possibly can bake this in a 9×5-inch loaf pan, however currently I’ve been utilizing my 1-lb. 8×4-inch loaf pan. It yields a taller loaf, and desires somewhat further bake time. I embrace directions for each pans within the recipe beneath. If all you have got is a 9×5-inch loaf pan, which is what you employ for banana bread and pumpkin bread, you need to use it, however anticipate the bread to be somewhat shorter than pictured.

Unfold the batter into the greased loaf pan. There isn’t a lot pouring concerned… extra of a spoon-and-spread state of affairs right here!

thick batter in loaf pan and shown again baked.thick batter in loaf pan and shown again baked.

Lemon Icing That Units

I imagine the saying goes… when life palms you lemons, make lemonade glaze. The icing on prime of the pound cake provides an entire different stage of lemon taste. It’s thick and units after a pair hours, producing a candy and zingy layer you’ll need to save for final. You want heavy cream (or half-and-half or milk), lemon juice, and confectioners’ sugar.

Be at liberty so as to add candied lemons on the highest for presentation, like I do with lemon poppy seed bread.

Can I bake this in a Bundt pan?

This recipe is just too small for a Bundt pan. In you need a bigger lemon pound cake in a Bundt pan, listed below are 2 choices: (1) Double the recipe, however use 3/4 cup (180g) of bitter cream to make sure there’s sufficient moisture. The remainder of the components are merely doubled. Observe the identical baking time and temperature from my cream cheese pound cake. And (2) Use my lemon poppy seed Bundt cake recipe, and be happy to skip the poppy seeds.

Can I add blueberries?

Completely. You possibly can fold 1 cup (about 140g) of recent blueberries into the batter. I attempt to keep away from frozen blueberries as a result of they flip the batter and cake grayish blue, however be happy to make use of them if that’s all you have got. No must coat them with flour earlier than folding in, however be happy to take action if you happen to’d like. This batter is sort of thick, so that they don’t actually sink.

lemon pound cake slices on white plate.lemon pound cake slices on white plate.

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