This post is a part of the mega Blogging Marathon and A-Z challenge. I have chosen ‘popular American dishes’ as my theme.
Pound cake is a classic American cake. But that’s not my choice for the alphabet ‘P’. Lemon also features big in America. Come summer and the web gets bombarded with so many versions of lemonade. I have read in many comics about kids selling it to make some extra money. I haven’t seen it in person yet, but this is only my second summer here.
So since pound cake is not coming up for this culinary journey, I opted for a compromise.Lemon pound cake : a classic cake in a popular flavor! That is a winner for sure and the best compromise I have made :-)!
Its a pretty straight forward recipe. Read on.
Recipe adapted slightly from: Once upon a chef
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- a pinch of salt
- 1 cup butter (~225 gms/2 sticks), softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk*
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (4 tablespoons)
- zest from 2 lemons
*Substitute with milk
- Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease and line two loaf pans.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the buttermilk, lemon juice and lemon zest. Set aside.
- In a big bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until soft and fluffy, scrapping the bowl in between to incorporate all the sugar into the mix. Beat the eggs in, one at a time till it’s all incorporated well.
- Add 1/3rd flour, fold it in carefully. Follow this by ½ of buttermilk mixture and gently mix it in. Repeat once again (1/3rd flour & fold; ½ buttermilk & fold) and finally add the remaining 1/3rd flour. Fold it in until no streaks of flour remains. We are adding the flour in 3 batches and buttermilk in two batches. The last batch has to be the flour mix.
- Divide the batter into the loaf pans and bake for about 50-60 minutes. Check whether its done by poking with a wooden skewer before taking the pans out of the oven. If the skewer comes out free of crumbs, the cake is cooked. Let the cake rest in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Let it cool completely.
- For a more intense lemon flavor, you can drizzle with a lemon glaze. You can prepare this by mixing 1/3rd cup lemon juice (about 6 tablespoons) with 1/4th cup powdered sugar. Sourness of the lemon varies widely, so adjust the lemon and sugar quantity based on your preference. Use a fork or a toothpick to make holes all over the top of the cake. Drizzle the lemon glaze and serve.
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18 thoughts on “Lemon Pound Cake”
Wow love that crumd and looks so soft and delicious…
such a classic recipe and you have executed it perfectly
What a great looking pound cake this is! Love the citrus flavor all over.
Wow that is a super moist and good looking pound cake. Great pick for L!!
looks so moist and I am sure my little one will be on cloud 9 if she gets to eat a slice of that cake :)
Moist looking and soft pound cake..
The lemon pound cake looks so soft and fluffy. Love it:)
That slice of pound cake looks so soft and has a beautiful texture. This is one classic recipe…
I now wonder what you have for P!..this pound cake looks sinful Rajani..I guess replacing 4 eggs will be overkill..anyway, it’s worth trying…beautiful setup…and lemonade reminds me of Archies.
classic cake. Looks moist and love that texture. Between I have seen kids selling lemonades here and also they do car wash during summers.
Yes , even I have heard kids selling lemonade , but i guess that’s all in novels 😊.the cake looks excellent .
I love pound cake in allll forms, and your lemon variation looks scrumptious :-)
That looks delicious. It’s all you need – perfectly sweet, no gobs of frosting required.
Ultimate pound cake, feel like having some slices rite. Super moist they are.
Lovely lemon cake. Looks moist and fluffy.
Pound cake looks moist and has a nice texture.
What a moist & lovely looking lemon cake (wow, I just made an aliteration — patting my back now). My son wants to set up a lemonade stand but I refuse to fund it :-)
Lemon pound cake is a classic and looks very sot and moist.Love the way you presented it.