The Best-Ever Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake
The Spruce
  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 Pound Cake (12 to 16 Servings)
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 300 F. 
  2. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube cake pan.
  3. Beat butter in a large bowl at medium speed with an electric hand-held mixer.
  4. Gradually add oil, beating until well-blended.
  5. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Continue beating for about 5 minutes, or until very light and fluffy
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  7. Add flour to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Mix just until blended after each addition.
  1. Stir in lemon extract.
  2. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  3. 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.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from pan and place directly on ​a wire rack or invert onto a rack if using a 1-piece pan.
  6. Combine glaze ingredients, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  7. Brush lemon glaze on sides of cake and spoon glaze over top, a little at a time.
  8. Let cake cool completely before serving.

Tips and 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, and add the juice and zest of 1 lemon, if desired.
  • Bake the cake in a generously greased and floured Bundt cake pan.
  • You can try baking the cake at 325 F for a little less time. Check with a toothpick at around 1 hour and 15 minutes if you increase the heat to 325 F.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 441
Total Fat 21 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 92 mg
Sodium 378 mg
Carbohydrates 61 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 5 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)