Tangy, moist, and flavorful pound cake. Can be eaten plain or use as a base for numerous dessert ideas.

Cathy

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9- or 10-inch tube pan
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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 one 9 or 10 inch tube pan. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the lemon and the vanilla extracts. Gently mix in flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 90 minutes. Do not open oven door until after one hour. When cake begins to pull away from the side of the pan it is done. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

489 calories; protein 7.2g 14% DV; carbohydrates 75.1g 24% DV; fat 18.3g 28% DV; cholesterol 134.5mg 45% DV; sodium 289.2mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
Formerly a professional baker, now retired, I can't resist "fooling around" with a great basic recipe, of which this one is GREAT! However, I changed the flavorings by using the juice AND zest of one large lemon, (No lemon extract- use the real thing!), two tsps. of pure vanilla extract, and, here's the real change, one and a half tsps. of ground cardamom. When the cake is still warm, remove from tube pan, and drizzle with a glaze:mix one cup powdered confectioner's sugar, with enough fresh lemon juice to be runny, ( a consistency like Elmer's glue ). These changes take Cathy's wonderful cake and transform it into a GREAT CAKE! Try it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/15/2011
this was terribly sweet.... i reduced the sugar amount and still it was awfully sweet. wont make it again. maybe its good for people who like sweet. but if u are not a sweet type i wouldn't recommend this recipe.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
Formerly a professional baker, now retired, I can't resist "fooling around" with a great basic recipe, of which this one is GREAT! However, I changed the flavorings by using the juice AND zest of one large lemon, (No lemon extract- use the real thing!), two tsps. of pure vanilla extract, and, here's the real change, one and a half tsps. of ground cardamom. When the cake is still warm, remove from tube pan, and drizzle with a glaze:mix one cup powdered confectioner's sugar, with enough fresh lemon juice to be runny, ( a consistency like Elmer's glue ). These changes take Cathy's wonderful cake and transform it into a GREAT CAKE! Try it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2007
I thought this recipe was quite good. When making it the second time, I changed a few things. I added 1 stick of butter and 1/4 cup shortening. I also creamed the fats and sugar together for about 5 minutes. I used fresh lemon juice and lemon zest(1 large lemon. After reading the other reviews, noting that it may be a little dry, I added 1/2 cup sour cream. It turned out awesome!!! I will make it this way for now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2006
Definitely an awesome cake. I tried this recipe yesterday, and it was DELICIOUS! I baked two cakes, one using a loaf pan and another one using a BUNDT pan. After reading some reviews, for one of them, I tried sprinkling some icing sugar on the pan after oiling it, and it did add a little caramelish-crunchy side to the cake that I liked. My bf prefers cake to be plain, so he prefered the other one (without sugar sprinkled). I also added two tsp of vanilla extract instead of one and I used real lemon juice:) And finally, I baked it for around 70 mins too, and it was perfect: the crust was a nice shade, and it was yummy! Am glad I tried this recipe:)) =UPDATE= I tried this recipe around 5-6 times already (all with great success!!)and I noticed a definite change in taste if I beat the butter and the sugar with an electric mixer and if I just mix the butter and sugar MANUALLY. When I beat it with a mixer, it tastes great but it is definitely BETTER if you beat the butter and the sugar with with a wooden spoon. It has a richer taste. Just make sure to beat it well (until the mixture is uniform). Since it's done manually, the sugar will not be creamed with the butter, but don't worry about it coz when it's cooked, there is no grainy texture or anything. Ah, and it tastes AWESOME with almond essence instead of vanilla:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2007
This was INCREDIBLE. The only change I made was to halve the recipe and bake in a loaf pan for 50 minutes instead of a bundt cake pan for an hour. The BEST pound cake recipe I've ever tried!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2010
Thought maybe you'd appreciate a review where someone didn't change, tweak, add to, subtract from, etc., etc. I baked this cake this morning and didn't change a thing. It doesn't need tweaking if directions are followed fully. It is delicious. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2010
Classic, reliable pound cake recipe with basic ingredients and standard measurements...3 c. flour, 3 c. sugar, 6 eggs, 1 c. butter. And the reason why the ingredients and the fairly standard measurements of them are so classic and traditional (note other, similiar recipes) is because it WORKS. This is one, fine pound cake. Moist with a delicate and tender crumb. Exceptional, actually. I made half a recipe and used 1/2 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 tsp. of Creme Bouquet flavoring. I also added about a cup of fresh blueberries and baked about 30 minutes in a mini rose Bundt cake pan. I drizzled it with a glaze of powdered sugar and lemon juice. Absolutely first rate and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2003
I was so tickled when I pulled this out of the oven and saw how beautiful it had turned out...considering the 2 adjustments I made. I substituted brown sugar for the white and left out the lemon flavoring since I didn't have any. My bundt pan is pretty old and I'm not even sure how many inches in diameter it is. So, being on the safe side, I baked mine in a 9x13 inch pan. It turned out perfectly and was completely cooked in about 50 minutes. The sides of the cake started pulling away from the pan, and so I knew it was done. Even though the recipe calls for 3 cups of sugar...this cake was NOT overly sweet. The brown sugar complemented the buttermilk flavor very well. I will keep this one in my recipe box!! Thanks a million Cathy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2003
Very good and moist. I bake cakes for a lady that has a catering business and I made her 5 loaves last week and she wants 2 more tomorrow!! This is the best recipe I have tried for pound cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2007
This recipe was very good. Some people said that the original recipe was dry so I added 2oz cream cheese. I also added lemon zest which made it even better. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/15/2011
this was terribly sweet.... i reduced the sugar amount and still it was awfully sweet. wont make it again. maybe its good for people who like sweet. but if u are not a sweet type i wouldn't recommend this recipe.... Read More
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