This is a beautiful golden-colored, moist cake that stays fresh that you can bake two or three days ahead.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a fluted tube pan (such as a Bundt®).

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  • Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add eggs one at a time, alternating with flour, allowing each egg and portion of flour to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Stir lemon juice and zest into flour mixture until batter is just combined; pour into prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes.

Cook's Note:

A fresh lemon glaze adds to both the presentation and flavor.

Nutrition Facts

371.8 calories; 5 g protein; 49.9 g carbohydrates; 118.2 mg cholesterol; 138.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2013
This pretty classic pound cake has a delicate and pleasant fresh lemon flavor with a dense, moist crumb - but for me it was almost too dense, too compact. While in theory it isn't necessary, I think I would prefer this with the extra bit of lift a little baking powder would give it, maybe 1/2 teaspoon. A pinch of salt never hurts either. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/16/2013
I made this exactly as stated in the recipe (no modifications) and didn't love it. The consistency was that of a pound cake (no problem there) but the flavor was bland. I probably wouldn't make it again unless I did some major changes. Read More
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84 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2013
This pretty classic pound cake has a delicate and pleasant fresh lemon flavor with a dense, moist crumb - but for me it was almost too dense, too compact. While in theory it isn't necessary, I think I would prefer this with the extra bit of lift a little baking powder would give it, maybe 1/2 teaspoon. A pinch of salt never hurts either. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2013
I was looking for a simple lemon cake from scratch and you saved the day for me! I used the Meyer's lemons I had on hand and make a cherry jam ribbon in the center . A simple lemon juice and powdered sugar icing and the elbows were flying!! I am keeping this excellent recipe in my personal hard copy recipe book! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2013
Very moist and easy to make. A keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2014
I made this recipe twice. The first time I followed it exactly as written and the cake was okay. The second time I added a box of lemon pudding and baking powder. I also added a dash of lemon extract. I like my cake very lemony. It was delicious! The pudding mix makes it moist. The cake was very dense! I made one with lemon icing and another one with cream cheese icing. YUMMY! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2013
This recipe kicked last weeks lemon bread's butt. It was easy and yummy. Its not low fat or diet approved. But it tasted so yummy!! 5 people inhaled the whole thing. I used raspberry jam in the bundt pan. I am going to make it again. I can't stop thinking about it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2014
I modified the recipe. Added a teaspoon of baking powder, and a cup of sour cream. Turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2014
This cake is amazing! I just made it using the advice of putting in a little salt and baking powder. I also made a lemon glaze. This will be my go to recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2013
Very delicious. I added a bit of salt and baking powder as another reviewer suggested with good results. Everyone wanted seconds. I made a raspberry sauce and poured over top which was a nice addition for Easter but not necessary. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2014
This is the best lemon cake I have ever had!! Super moist . I added 1/2 cup of lemon and lime zest as I like it very citrusy. This will be my go to company or luncheon cake . Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/16/2013
I made this exactly as stated in the recipe (no modifications) and didn't love it. The consistency was that of a pound cake (no problem there) but the flavor was bland. I probably wouldn't make it again unless I did some major changes. Read More
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