My mother's blue-ribbon pound cake recipe. It always gets rave reviews.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 pound cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a fluted tube pan (such as Bundt®).

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  • Beat white sugar and 1 1/2 cups butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, thoroughly beating each egg into the butter mixture before adding the next.

  • Sift flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture; mix well. Pour in 1/2 the buttermilk and beat until combined. Repeat adding the remaining flour mixture and buttermilk, beating well after each addition, and ending with the flour mixture. Stir lemon extract into batter. Pour batter into prepared tube pan.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  • Bake in the oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 60 to 75 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a cake platter or plate.

  • Beat confectioner's sugar, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons butter, and lemon zest together in a bowl until glaze is smooth. Pour about half the glaze over the cake; let cool. Pour remaining glaze over the cake.

Nutrition Facts

630 calories; protein 6.8g 14% DV; carbohydrates 91.9g 30% DV; fat 27.2g 42% DV; cholesterol 128.9mg 43% DV; sodium 372.2mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2015
If you’re in search of a good lemon, buttermilk and/or pound cake, stop here. This one is all you’d hope for. Moist, great flavor, tender crumb, not too dense (the small amount of baking soda gives it just the right amount of lift) and beautiful. I did substitute pure lemon oil for the extract, but that did not influence my 5-star rating. Copelandsk, I have no doubt your mother did in fact win blue ribbon awards for this cake. It really IS a winner. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/23/2014
I decided to try this recipe since it was made with buttermilk and called for lemon extract and zest instead of sour cream and lots of lemon juice and zest like my old recipe. The resulting cake was rather disappointing…it was dry and it did not have the moist decadent lemon flavor as my old recipe. I will go back to my old sour cream recipe for future baking. Read More
(23)
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  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2015
If you’re in search of a good lemon, buttermilk and/or pound cake, stop here. This one is all you’d hope for. Moist, great flavor, tender crumb, not too dense (the small amount of baking soda gives it just the right amount of lift) and beautiful. I did substitute pure lemon oil for the extract, but that did not influence my 5-star rating. Copelandsk, I have no doubt your mother did in fact win blue ribbon awards for this cake. It really IS a winner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2015
This is not your daughter's cake. No triple-threat chocolate, caramel, salted, nouveau let-it-sit-for-a-day-so-the-flavor a-can-blend cake here. This is simply a fabulous old-school cake, with the perfect moistness and density of a pound-cake-gone-right. This is the type of cake my mother would have presented on our birthdays, or served to company on a Sunday afternoon: simple in its elegance, with understated decadence. It doesn't need bells and whistles to draw attention to itself, the texture, density and flavor do all of the talking. That said, mine needed about 12 minutes longer cooking time, so keep that in mind for your particular oven and bundt pan. The top looked done, but my cake tester said it was still wet, so testing is essential. Lastly, if anyone has ideas of serving the cake without the icing, or not using lemon zest in their icing, stop right there and choose a different recipe. The icing takes it over the top. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you'll have them eating at your feet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2014
I made this for a pot luck, and everyone loved it was so moist and light. I did make a couple of substitutions, but they didn't really make a big difference to the recipe, just a personal preference. I cut the sugar by half a cup, replaced 1 cup of butter with applesauce, and used lemon juice and lemon zest in place of the lemon extract. Then I added a cup of fresh blueberries. I used someone's suggestion of coating the bundt pan with sugar, then used a lemon glaze Days later the cake is still as moist as the day I baked it. I will be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2015
I love starbucks lemon loaf and I had tried another recipe, it was okay.I loved this one and it is very easy to make. I've made 2 in 2 days, and will probably have to make another one because it is just great. I forgot to add that I decreased the milk and added more lemon juice, both by 1/4 cup, and also I added lemon zest because I wanted more citrus flavor to the mixture. I recomend this recipe for you to try it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2014
Very easy, delicious recipe. I added lemon zest to the batter (because why not??) and it turned out perfectly! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2015
I followed the recipe exactly and the cake was perfect!! Moist, just the right amount of lemon flavor, dense and extremely tasty. Because I love the glaze, I doubled the recipe and covered the entire cake puddling a good amount in the center of the bundt. Keep in mind to follow the usual good baking tips of room temp eggs and use real butter, softened. I took this into the office for a meeting and everyone loved it. The cake disappeared within minutes after the word got out it was in the break room. One office mate sheepishly asked if I would make it for her birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. I have never had such a positive response to a cake that I baked and am happy to have another opportunity to bake it again soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2014
Delicious! I made it vegan by substituting eggs with flax "egg" (1 tbl flax 2 tbl water for each egg called for) milk used was almond with 1 tbl apple cider vinegar and coconut oil for butter plus vegan sugar. I also made it gluten free with Bob's Red Mill all purpose gf flour. Cake was perfect...crusty on the outside and tender on the inside. Glad I tried it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2015
I have made this recipe exactly for the first time and my family and I love it (lies, I doubled the glaze recipe But nevertheless still love it) it is amazing, nice and moist with a sweet lemon flavor. I would recommend this to everyone. Awesome recipe! And thank you. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/23/2014
I decided to try this recipe since it was made with buttermilk and called for lemon extract and zest instead of sour cream and lots of lemon juice and zest like my old recipe. The resulting cake was rather disappointing…it was dry and it did not have the moist decadent lemon flavor as my old recipe. I will go back to my old sour cream recipe for future baking. Read More
(23)
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