Did you know March 4th is National Pound Cake Day? Plus today is Friday. So that means you must and I mean MUST bake a pound cake today. What better way to celebrate the weekend. Right? I happen to have the perfect pound cake recipe for you. Perfect for spring. Lemon Pound Cake. Yummmm.
So this isn’t a traditional pound cake. I mean it doesn’t use a pound of flour, butter, eggs and sugar. No, this is lighter but equally delicious.
It’s baked in a loaf pan. So this cake will be devoured in one day. I know from experience.
And lemony. Time to get away from the heavier flavors of winter. And it’s pretty.
I love yellow. I love spring. Let’s get to baking.
The Best Lemon Pound Cake
First, you need to get out your baking supplies. I pull out my baking cart. Baking is so much easier when all your supplies are gathered in one place.
Prepare The Ingredients
Zest one lemon. If you don’t have a microplane zester/grater, you need one. This tool will zest citrus, grate hard cheeses and nutmeg. Once you have one you will wonder what took you so long.
I just use a piece of wax paper to catch the zest from the lemon. Next slice the same lemon in half and juice it into a small bowl. You can just squeeze the lemon but I like to use a lemon reamer. It is more efficient and uses all the lemon. That’s what we want. Lots of lemon.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, blend eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract and lemon juice. If you have a stand mixer, use that or otherwise a handheld mixer or even your brute strength. I cheat by using a stand mixer.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix to just blended. Now add the lemon zest and oil. Don’t forget the oil. I almost did. It wasn’t on my baking cart.
Grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper and grease. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake. Cool the cake. Prepare the glaze. Pour over cake. Simple.
Bake. Cool. Glaze. Eat. Done.
You are the hero for National Pound Cake Day.
Now go celebrate National Pound Cake Day.