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Southern Lemon Pound Cake

Tart, zesty lemon combines with rich tangy buttermilk to create the ultimate Southern Lemon Pound Cake. The perfect cake to celebrate the end summer!!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Resting time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon, pound cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 574kcal


  • Tube Pan


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest

Lemon Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3-5 tbsp light cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a 10-inch tube pan with baking spray with flour.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream softened butter and granulated sugar at medium speed for 5 minutes until light and fluffy, stopping to scape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well between each addition
  • Add lemon extract and lemon zest, mix to combine
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add flour mixture alternatively with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold egg whites into batter. Pour batter into prepared greased 10-inch tube pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour to an 1 hour and 10 minutes. Or until cake tester comes out clean and cake bounces back when lightly pressed. Let cake cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert and remove from pan. Let cake cool completely on a wire rack.

Lemon Glaze

  • In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar. Add softened butter, lemon juice, light cream and whisk to combine. Depending how thick you want your glaze, you can add anywhere from 3 to 5 tablespoons of light cream. I used 5 tbsp of light cream in this glaze. The more cream you add, the thicker your glaze will be. Pour glaze over cool cake.


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Calories: 574kcal