Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at by Kate Wood

5 from 2 reviews

This lemon pound cake is a bright and sweet in flavor, but comforting and rich in texture. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!


  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar (200 gm), see notes
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 11/2 cups (210 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 gm) milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

For the glaze:

  • 13/4 cup (200 gm) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream (buttermilk can be substituted in a pinch)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl and the beating an additional minute to incorporate. Stir in the vanilla and lemon zest.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir on low until almost combined. Add half of the milk and the lemon juice and stir to almost combine. Repeat this process with the remaining dry and wet ingredients, and fold with a rubber spatula to incorporate the last bits of ingredients.  Do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

To prepare the glaze:

  1. When you’re ready to prepare the glaze, whisk together all the ingredients until a viscous glaze forms. Add more powdered sugar to thicken it up and more sour cream or lemon juice to thin it out. Drizzle over top of the prepared cake and enjoy!


  • For an ultra dense and moist cake, you can add up to a ½ cup of brown sugar to this recipe.  This is a delicious addition, but in the spirit of the new year, I decided to keep it light for you all. Make the adjustment if you prefer.