Lemon Pound Cake




Introduction: Lemon Pound Cake

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.

Step 1: Ingredients

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

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.

Step 3: Let's Start This Thing

First things first.

Preheat your oven to 300F with the rack in the middle of the oven.
And no, I will not convert it all to metric. I had to do it myself and you get to too. You'll learn something new for the day.

Once that's done you'll want to grab some Shortening and Flour. Grease up your Cake Pan and dust it with flour.
Now go sweep up that mess you just made.

Step 4: Lets Start Mixing Things Together

Alright lets start by creaming (mixing well) the cup of butter and shortening together in your big mixing bowl with that electric mixer.

If you don't have an electic mixer then do it with a whisk and a fork and a lot of elbow grease. It gets harder to mix when you add all that flour in. I give you my sympathy because I've had to do it before.

If you have a big fancy Cuisinart that can do all the work for you then I forgot to tell you that you're supposed to do it with just a fork and you get no sympathy. >:P

Step 5: Keep Mixing

At this point you want to add

Evaporated Milk
Vanilla Extract
Lemon Extract

to the mixing bowl and mix it all up real well until it's nice and smooth.

*Evaporated Milk usually comes in 12oz cans so you need about 3/4 of a can*

Step 6: Mix That Flour

Get that sifter out and add 1 cup of flour, your baking powder (DO NOT mixup with baking soda), and salt to the liquid mush stuff you just made. Mix well until no lumps.

Continue adding sifted flour 1 cup at a time while mixing well in between until all 3 1/2 cups are used.

Use your spoonula to scrape the edges into the mix and Mix everything on a higher setting to get rid of lumps. This will also add a bit of air making your cake a bit fluffier.

Step 7: Get Ready to Cook

Use your spoonula to scrape the creamy gooey lemon batter into your greased and floured cake pan.

Place the cake pan on a baking sheet and put it on the middle rack of the oven.

Set your timer for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Step 8: Wait

Here's some helpful hints while you wait for your cake to cook.

1) Don't make this cake on a stormy day. It will fall and be mushy.

2) Don't jump or bang around while the cake is cooking. It will fall and be mushy.

3) Don't open the oven door a lot to check on the cake. It will fall and be mushy.

4) Don't let the oven door slam shut when you do check on the cake. It will fall and be mushy.

5) Orange, butter, rum, and other assorted extracts are easy to find and taste great as a substitution for the lemon extract. Heck, you don't even have to add the lemon extract if you just want a plain ol' pound cake.

6) If you want to make a Chocolate Pound cake you will need:
2 Tablespoons of vanilla extract
6 Tablespoons of cocoa
and ONLY 3 Cups of flour

7) Personally, I eyeball some of the measurements. I usually add a bit more shortening and vanilla extract.

8) Watch your cake toward the end. Only you can tell when it is really done. The 1hr 15-30min is a pretty good range though.

Let move time forward ->

Step 9: Lemon Glaze

Lets make the lemon glaze while we wait.

Get a bowl and fork out. Get your powdered sugar and lemons in sight.
Now stick your lemons in the microwave for about 30 seconds. This will help them release more juice. When they are done and cooled use your hand to press and roll them. This will also help them release juice.

Put 2 cups of powdered sugar in the bowl and squeeze 1 1/2 lemons worth of juice into the sugar and mix well. It should be pasteyish but not too thick but also not too thin.
*if you're using conc. lemon extract you may need a little water to get the right consistency*

Ready to move on?

Step 10: Check Your Cake

1 hour and 15 minutes is just about up or is up. Lets check the cake.

Get a toothpick or better yet a broom straw to poke your cake with. Nothing or just a little batter should stick to the pick.
Also, the top of the cake should be browned and cracked. The cake should still be a little jiggly too.

Gas ovens are usually pretty good for this amount of time.
Electric ovens may need another 10 - 15 minutes.

If the cake is done:

Turn off the oven and let the cake sit in the oven for another 10 minutes. This will allow the cake to form a nice crunchy crust.

10 minutes later ->

Step 11: Take It Out

Take your cake out of the oven and gloat to yourself for such a good job you've done.
Done gloating yet? Too bad there's still work to be done.

Transfer your cake onto a cool plate. One plate on top, flip, another plate, flip.
Continue gloating while you find that lemon sugar mix.

Step 12: Lemony Glaze Goodness

While the cake is still hot, use a basting brush or spoon or a pastry bag or a butter knife, I really don't care, to apply lemony sugar goodness all over every inch of the cake.

Make sure to fill the crack with lots of extra goodness.
There will be excess glaze, just brush/scrape it onto the sides of the cake.

*I like to use a butter knife and poke holes in the crack so that the lemon glaze will seep into the cake itself.*

Step 13: You're Done

Congratulations you're done.

Now let the cake cool down for a few hours, preferably overnight since everything is better the second day.

You now know the secret of how to make your cake and eat it too.

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3 years ago on Introduction

I have been searching for about a year now for the perfect lemon poundcake recipe. I can't tell you how many cakes I tossed in the garbage because something about them wasn't quite right. Not the right crumb, too light (not properly dense like a true poundcake), not enough or too much crust, insufficient lemon flavor or too much ... you get the idea. Over the weekend, an Insta-friend posted on the 'gram a picture of a lemon poundcake. As this is someone who is a true foodie, I shamelessly begged for his recipe. This is where he led me, and I am so glad I followed! This cake, despite my having worried about the amount of extract called for, is PERFECT! Did you hear me? P-e-r-f-e-c-t! By the time the cake was baked, my house smelled like fresh lemons. Without glaze, it was pretty; with glaze, it was gorgeous! I let the cake cool (set) overnight and this morning - it sliced like a cake from your fantasies! And the taste? Well, make it yourself and you'll see. It doesn't get any better than this. Seriously. I am no longer looking for the perfect lemon poundcake recipe because this. is. it.


4 years ago



4 years ago

I think its finally time i made an account so that i can comment. Ive been making this cake for about 3-4 years now. And i hate it. Every holiday major or minor I'm talking even laborday and what not someone is saying "youre making that lemon cake right?!?!?!" Its that good! My family hounds me for it. Once i tried making a different cake and my mom almost killed me. I had to make both! One day i felt like making a lemon pound cake and googled it and chiose from the one i frlt LOOKED the most authentic looking one. Ive got a good eye, haha!


5 years ago

I'm making it now for Christmas made it for Thanksgiving as well. my husband's favorite thanks for the great recipe and even better instructions.


5 years ago

I'm making this next week for thanksgiving I can't wait to try it!!!


Reply 5 years ago

Awesome! Let us know how it turns out.

Do you have a good sour cream pound cake recipe? I tried your version as well and every one raved over it. thanks


Reply 6 years 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! :)


6 years ago on Introduction

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!!


6 years 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!!!


6 years 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.


6 years 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?


6 years ago

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....


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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.

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!!!


7 years 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! :-)


Reply 7 years 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.


7 years ago on Introduction

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!