Lemon Pound Cake

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Finally decided I'd make an Instructable for my famous Lemon Pound Cake. There are 3 great things about this particular cake that are different from others.

1) You can change the type of extract flavorings to make other types of pound cake. I'll even add the instructions to make it a delicious chocolate pound cake at the end of the Instructable.
2) It's totally addictive and not good for you in large quantities but you won't care because you'll be enjoying the cake too much.
3) Share it with others and you'll make new friends who will love you for your personality and good looks and definitely not because you give them free cake. :)

Lets move on to the ingredients shall we.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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So you're gonna need something to cook so here's a list of ingredients.

1 Cup of butter/margarine (2 sticks)
1 Cup of Vegetable Shortening (aka Crisco)
3 Cups of Sugar
6 Large Eggs
1 Cup of Evaporated Milk
3 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
3 Tablespoons of Lemon Extract (or whatever extract you're gonna use)

For the Glaze you're gonna need:

2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
2 Fresh Lemons (or 2 Tablespoons of concentrated lemon juice and a bit of water)

On to the next Step -->

Step 2: Prep Work

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So before you get started there's a few things you need to do.

1) Set your butter and eggs out and let them reach room temperature. This will allow the butter to mix easier and the eggs will allow the cake to rise better.

2) Get out your big mixing bowl, electric mixer, measuring spoons and cups, a sifter, a baking sheet, and the most important thing: a large angle food cake pan (mine has a 4.5 inch side). Otherwise you're gonna need another pan to cook the excess cake in, unless you like bubbly lemon flavored cake lava boiling all over your nice clean oven.
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Do you have a good sour cream pound cake recipe? I tried your version as well and every one raved over it. thanks

bigwhitebear18 (author)  Angelwarrior2216 days ago
It's unfortunate that I do not have a sour cream recipe. I'll have to start working on one and post my version one day.
When I try new recipes, my favorite place to start is America's Test Kitchen.

I went wayyyy back into my past on this one! Using only the ingredients portion of this recipe, I was able to lemon cakes that I hadn't made completely from scratch in years! Of course I had to a little "extra" by adding 1/2 tsp cornstarch, a dash of lemon juice (on top of the prescribed amount of lemon extract), 2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk, canola oil instead of vegetable oil (I don't use veggie oil for anything anymore), and the cake came out AWESOME! Thanks for the recipe! :)

Queenbee21 month ago

I made this a few hours ago. I used a nonstick bundt pan and filled it 3/4 full then made 12 cupcakes this was my very 1st pound cake. It's is very delicious and easy to make. I will use this recipe all the time. 5 Stars!!

ericadjrob3 months ago
I made this cake yesterday for Christmas and it is fantastic!!! This cake was very easy to make and I had no problem following the instructions. This will definitely be my go to recipe for a lemon pound cake. 5 stars!!!
kenda.pickard4 months ago
I made this yesterday for my moms bday and it turned out fabulous! Everyone enjoyed it. They were eating the crumbs off the plate! I'm making it again for Thanksgiving! I used pre-sifted flour so I was able to skip that step. Other than that I followed to recipe to a t.
love4labs5 months ago
So, Walmart has this sour cream pound cake that is cracked on top and it has like sugar crumbs (is not lemmon) omg and is delicious. Im hoping your recipe will make it as close as possible. But how do i make the crack and the sugar crumbs?
Hello was just wondering can I make this in my bundt pan from Nordic ware? I would love to try this but it don't have a tube pan and afraid it might overflow in my bundt pan....

I have a smaller pan I use from time to time. If there's not enough room I put the rest in a bread pan and make a small cake with that.

Thanks! So about how much should I fill that pan? About 3/4 of the way?
Made this cake for Memorial Day cookout my guest and family enjoyed it very much, as did I, DELICIOUS, moist, lemony goodness. This just may become my signature cake one of the best. Great recipe!!!
derekel11 months ago
I made this cake today and WOW!!....this will be my new way of making a "Southern Lemon Pound Cake"!! It is simply FABULOUS!! I think next time I will substitute one of the 3 tablespoons of lemon extract with butter flavoring...just to add more "depth" of flavor! :-) You def. get 5/5 stars from me! I will continue to follow you and try more of your recipes! Thanks for sharing! :-)
bigwhitebear18 (author)  derekel11 months ago
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Please let us know how your lemon butter cake comes out. I've also made this recipe with a mix of orange extract and vanilla extract for a Creamsicle pound cake. It was very good.
cul8trni1 year ago

This has become my go to lemon pound cake. My husband devours it every time. I took it to my Mom's when we visited, and caught her sneaking mini pieces more than once!

I used this recipe for Thanksgiving dessert 2013...I followed the Instructions to the T it is the best lemon cake ever ????? my husband actually hav me n the kitchen as I'm writing this post making another one for one ofhis Valentines day gift lol .. ThankQ soooo much for this recipe!!!
Rahkitty1 year ago
What's the rules with the evaporated milk? Why was that used instead if real milk? Can I use real milk, and if so what do I change/how much do I use? And how is the cake different with either option?
bigwhitebear18 (author)  Rahkitty1 year ago
Evaporated milk gives a more concentrated flavor because it has had 60% of the water removed. You can use regular milk in the same proportions, I'm just not sure how it will come out.
Oh, I didn't know that. Thanks! :)
jboyne2 years ago
I use an oven thermometer whenever I bake. I had the temp a little above 300 F (312). After 1 hour and 15 minutes, the cake tester came out with liquid coating it. I turned up the temperature to 350 F and 15 minutes later the cake tester came out clean. It already had a brown crust so I took it out of the oven immediately and could see it right away starting to fall. I stuck it back in the oven (turned off) but my hopes are not high. Also, btw, the top never cracked. Next time I'm going to try 350F for an hour and hope things go more as planned!
shuntib2 years ago
Hey, this is the recipe i have been using, awesome, but have you tried it with all butter and no shortening?
bigwhitebear18 (author)  shuntib2 years ago
I remember doing this once. Somehow it didn't rise as well but tasted just as good. Let us know how it turns out.
dnutts6 years ago
Will it work with all butter and shortening?
bigwhitebear18 (author)  dnutts6 years ago
That's what it calls for. Although I may be misinterpreting your question.
What if one were to take 2 sticks of butter and use them as prescribed, then take 2 1/3 sticks of butter melt them and pour off the water and solids, and use that instead of Crisco. Because of those hydrogenated fats, alot of people have an aversion to using Crisco. Myself, I'd rather use lard than vegetable shortening---but just try finding real lard if you don't have a personal butcher. Yep, I think it's worth trying with the butter; but you've got to clarify it, there's just so much water in butter that your cake might not raise properly if you don't.
I'm quite intrigued by your observation that lard is better for you than vegetable shortening. Veg shortening is a manufactured product, but lard is pure saturated fat which I thought meant it has broadly the same properties vis a vis cholesterol, digestion, and so on. I'm not saying you're wrong, I just haven't encountered this idea before and I want to know more.
If lard were pure, saturated fat it would be rock hard at room temperature. Suet, beef fat, is more saturated than lard (pork fat) and is like wax room temperature. Chicken fat, the least saturated of the three is almost liquid.
(I know I read an article explaining the physiology of these things in the New York times, but I couldn't find a link.)
The next piece of the puzzle is that vegetable shortening, in order to be made sold at room temperature, is partially hydrogenated. Hydrogen atoms are added to stabilize the carbon chains so that they are not fluid at higher temperatures. When this is done industrially, the fat chains develop kinks in them, called trans fats, that literally become stuck in ones arteries. Trans fats are found only rarely in nature, so that an artificially saturated fat is more dangerous than a naturally saturated fat.
Finally, if we are to use animal product, the more we can glean and the less waste the better off we are. Rather than putting tons of pork fat in industrial land fills, it would be better to make delicious pastry, and have the Unilever people figure out how they are going to meet share holder demand.
Excellent answer! A growing number of people are finding that they are soy sensitive/allergic, like myself. This makes a shortening alternative a must.
Thank you. That is a splendid and comprehensive answer. As it happens, I don't eat meat so I'd be very unhappy if pastry everywhere suddenly started to be made with lard, but I am glad to know more about how things fit in. Thank you again.
mamasboi4 years ago
Looks yummy, can't wait to try it!!!! Do you think it would change the texture of the cake if I added some sour cream to the recipe? Would it be too heavy? I'm gonna try it and let you know how it turns out.

Oh, the last time I try to make a pound cake, the cake came out kinda congealed in the middle, like it was under cooked. Not sure why. I have an electric oven and I even bought an oven temp. gauge. What did i do wrong??
bigwhitebear18 (author)  mamasboi4 years ago
Please tell us how the sour cream comes out.
As for the coagulated middle; more than likely it wasn't cooked long enough. This has happened to me before. I learned that every oven is a little different, so add some cook time to yours. I too use an electric oven.
Thanks so much. I'll be sure to post my results and a pic
happymami4 years ago
this looks awesome. i can't wait to taste it but i don't have lemon extract. will fresh lemon juice work?

Also, I found a vegan non-hydrogenated shortening at whole foods for those cocerned about the hydrogenated fat. not sure it it will work the same but worth looking into if you are really concerned about that.
bigwhitebear18 (author)  happymami4 years ago
I'm pretty sure the fresh lemon juice will turn out fine, you might even add a little zest for extra flavor just in case.
bigwhitebear18 (author) 4 years ago
I posted a new cake Instructable:
Triple Chocolate Brownie Cake

Xandergust5 years ago
The recipe looks awesome!! A local bakery here in Philadelphia makes pound cake cupcakes and I was thinking about using this recipe for that purpose.  Have you ever heard of this being done? Do you think I'd have to change the recipe at all?

I almost hate to gamble with a recipe that seems a sure thing!
bigwhitebear18 (author)  Xandergust5 years ago
Lemon Pound Cupcakes do sound delicious. I've never tried it that way.
With this recipe you'll be making a lot of cupcakes. The cooking time will be the biggest factor to play with.
autumn27935 years ago
I am making it right now, hopefully it turns out fantastic. Which based on how the batter tastes it will be :]. Awesome recipe :] :]
anamarie815 years ago i tried to hurry the process up of bringing the butter to room temperature and stuck it in the microwave (i know i know, i shouldn't have tried to cut corners)...but now the butter is melted...can i put it in the fridge and still use it for the recipe? help please?
bigwhitebear18 (author)  anamarie815 years ago
If you use melted butter your cake won't rise as well. I have used cold butter/margarine but I beat the crud out of it when creaming it and adding the sugar in order to provide maximum air bubbles. A great explanation I found on Yahoo! Answers: TNGal: "Butter adds flavor and texture to your baking and helps to keep it fresh. The temperature of the butter is very important in baking. When room temperature butter is used in your recipe this means your butter should be between 65 degrees F (18 degrees C) and 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). This temperature allows the maximum amount of air to be beaten into your batter. This creaming or beating of your butter or butter and sugar creates air bubbles that your leavener (baking powder or baking soda) will enlarge during baking. Most experts recommend 4 to 5 minutes of creaming the butter for maximum aeration."
thanks! good to's baking now, so we'll see how it turns out!
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