Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake


This is an old recipe that my grandmother always made. It goes great with coffee and is quick and easy to make. Light lemon flavor that can be accompanied with a lemon glaze if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
2 loaves


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 5 eggs

  • 1 cup shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • 5 tablespoons whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans.

  2. Combine sugar, flour, eggs, shortening, whole milk, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and baking powder in a large bowl; pour into the prepared pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

This can also be made in a fluted tube pan (such as Bundt(R)).

Buttermilk can be used in place of the whole milk.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

391 Calories
19g Fat
50g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 391
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 5g
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 53mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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