This is a cake my father and I have been making for my mother since the late 70's. It's a family tradition I thought I would share!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 1/2-inch square baking pan with 1 teaspoon butter and set aside.

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  • Melt 1 cup butter in a saucepan over low heat; stir in the sugar until thoroughly combined. Stir in the vanilla. Whisk in the eggs, one by one, whisking well between each egg. Stir in the salt and lemon zest. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  • In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together. Gently stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Stir in the milk, folding the batter lightly with a spatula until thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; invert the cake onto a second wire rack and let cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

650 calories; 27 g total fat; 157 mg cholesterol; 404 mg sodium. 90.5 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2010
I found this to be a very strange recipe as written...and this was confirmed when I read the reviews by the others who made it as written. I didn't want a flop so I made a couple of changes. First of all the amount of flour seemed rather high...I looked at other bundt and pound cake recipes that had similar quantities of butter eggs and sugar and it seemed that they used no more than about 3 cups of flour not 4 3/4 cups. So I cut the amount of flour down to 3 cups and am glad I did because the batter was really stiff with just that amount; I can't imagine what it would have been like if I used 4 3/4 cups. I also change the method of incorporating the sugar and butter...I've never made a cake (pound or otherwise) that had the ingredients cooked together on the stove. I creamed the butter and sugar together instead and then beat in the eggs and vanilla a proceeded with the recipe that way. I also baked it in a Bundt pan instead of a square pan...it filled the pan nicely and would have certainly gone over the edge and burned on the bottom of the oven had I made it in a square pan. The finished cake with these changes was very good. It had a pound cake-like texture and the lemon flavor was excellent. I'm sorry if I offend anyone by making these changes but I didn't want to risk all the wasted time and ingredients that would have been the case otherwise. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/17/2010
I made this for the Recipe Group and usually I would follow the recipe as close to written as possible but this time I opted to use the ingredients as listed but change the method. I creamed the butter and sugar because that is what makes the tiny air pockets inside the cake which make it rise. No amount of leavening can make up for this step. I also added the milk before I started adding the flour. By the time I had added 3 1/2 cups of flour I had a batter that was almost too stiff and obviously not going to fit in a 9 x 9 pan so I used a loaf pan and baked it at 325 for just under an hour. I am wondering if way back when oil may have been used instead of butter? I actually would have given it 3 1/2 stars because the flavor is lovely. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2010
I found this to be a very strange recipe as written...and this was confirmed when I read the reviews by the others who made it as written. I didn't want a flop so I made a couple of changes. First of all the amount of flour seemed rather high...I looked at other bundt and pound cake recipes that had similar quantities of butter eggs and sugar and it seemed that they used no more than about 3 cups of flour not 4 3/4 cups. So I cut the amount of flour down to 3 cups and am glad I did because the batter was really stiff with just that amount; I can't imagine what it would have been like if I used 4 3/4 cups. I also change the method of incorporating the sugar and butter...I've never made a cake (pound or otherwise) that had the ingredients cooked together on the stove. I creamed the butter and sugar together instead and then beat in the eggs and vanilla a proceeded with the recipe that way. I also baked it in a Bundt pan instead of a square pan...it filled the pan nicely and would have certainly gone over the edge and burned on the bottom of the oven had I made it in a square pan. The finished cake with these changes was very good. It had a pound cake-like texture and the lemon flavor was excellent. I'm sorry if I offend anyone by making these changes but I didn't want to risk all the wasted time and ingredients that would have been the case otherwise. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2010
I found this to be a very strange recipe as written...and this was confirmed when I read the reviews by the others who made it as written. I didn't want a flop so I made a couple of changes. First of all the amount of flour seemed rather high...I looked at other bundt and pound cake recipes that had similar quantities of butter eggs and sugar and it seemed that they used no more than about 3 cups of flour not 4 3/4 cups. So I cut the amount of flour down to 3 cups and am glad I did because the batter was really stiff with just that amount; I can't imagine what it would have been like if I used 4 3/4 cups. I also change the method of incorporating the sugar and butter...I've never made a cake (pound or otherwise) that had the ingredients cooked together on the stove. I creamed the butter and sugar together instead and then beat in the eggs and vanilla a proceeded with the recipe that way. I also baked it in a Bundt pan instead of a square pan...it filled the pan nicely and would have certainly gone over the edge and burned on the bottom of the oven had I made it in a square pan. The finished cake with these changes was very good. It had a pound cake-like texture and the lemon flavor was excellent. I'm sorry if I offend anyone by making these changes but I didn't want to risk all the wasted time and ingredients that would have been the case otherwise. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Read More
(16)
Rating: 2 stars
05/11/2010
I baked this according to instructions only I didn't have lemons on hand (just extract and juice) so I used orange. The cake came out way too dense. I was expecting light and fluffy and got something heavier than a pound cake. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/17/2010
I made this for the Recipe Group and usually I would follow the recipe as close to written as possible but this time I opted to use the ingredients as listed but change the method. I creamed the butter and sugar because that is what makes the tiny air pockets inside the cake which make it rise. No amount of leavening can make up for this step. I also added the milk before I started adding the flour. By the time I had added 3 1/2 cups of flour I had a batter that was almost too stiff and obviously not going to fit in a 9 x 9 pan so I used a loaf pan and baked it at 325 for just under an hour. I am wondering if way back when oil may have been used instead of butter? I actually would have given it 3 1/2 stars because the flavor is lovely. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
05/11/2010
I was waiting to review this to see if maybe I just did something wrong. Unfortunately this cake was a disaster from the start for me. I think the butter needs to be creamed with the sugar to improve the texture of the cake. My sugar never mixed with the melted butter but just turned into hard lumps. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/11/2010
There may be a typo in this recipe. It is not light and fluffy. On the contrary it is dense and heavy....more than a pound cake. We followed the recipe exactly and it was heavy. I think it would make good cookies... The flavor was great. We sliced it very thin and ate most of it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/11/2010
Ok this is a heavy cake I guess maybe like a pound cake or even a corn muffin texture. flavor is ok. Just not what I was expecting made recipe as is except I tempered the eggs in the butter sugar mixture. No one cared for the cake as is so I made the lemon sauce I from this site but didn't like the sauce that's another review. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2013
I agree with the other post there must be an error in the recipe because it was very tight not fluffy at all!! 4 2/3 of flour was to much causing the batter to very stiff. The only thing that saved it in my house was the flavor and the fact we ate it with ice cream. I definitely will try it again with less flour. I also used a bundt pan instead of the pan in the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2014
I found the batter to dense. So I added more milk and orange zest and juice to make it more light. My family loved it thank you. Read More
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