The Best-Ever Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon pound cake
The Spruce
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 95 mins
Total: 105 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
441 Calories
21g Fat
61g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 441
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 5g
Calcium 100mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This fabulous lemon pound cake will, without a doubt, become one of your favorites. The cake is moist and filled with fresh lemon flavor.

The warm cake is brushed with a fresh lemon and sugar sauce, making it even more moist and lemony. If you're looking for a smaller cake, you might try a lemon pound cake loaf.


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups sugar (granulated)
  • 5 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (13 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat the oven to 300 F. 

  3. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube cake pan.

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  4. Beat butter in a large bowl at medium speed with an electric hand-held mixer.

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  5. Gradually add oil, beating until well-blended.

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  6. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Continue beating for about 5 minutes, or until very light and fluffy.

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  7. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

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  8. Add flour to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Mix just until blended after each addition.

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  9. Stir in lemon extract.

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  10. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

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  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 35 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean. The cake will pull away from the sides of the pan slightly.

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  12. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

  13. Remove from pan and place directly on ​a wire rack or invert onto a rack if using a 1-piece pan.

  14. Combine glaze ingredients, stirring until sugar dissolves.

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  15. Brush lemon glaze on sides of cake and spoon glaze over top, a little at a time.

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  16. Let cake cool completely before serving.

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Recipe Variations

  • Try adding a dash of salt in the recipe to bring out the lemon flavor.
  • Add a few teaspoons of finely grated lemon zest to the cake batter.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla along with the lemon extract.