Lemon Pound Cake is the solution to your sweet tooth! A refreshing balance of tartness and sweetness, this cake is perfect for your summer parties!

Serve this in your backyard parties and barbecues along with our other favorite easy summer recipes like Grilled Pork Chops, Creamy Cucumber Salad, and Italian Chopped Salad.

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

The Best Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake is an easy recipe starring the refreshing citrus. The lemon’s distinct sour taste makes it a great ingredient to many cooking and baking recipes. This is perfectly paired with a hot drink of your choice or some ice cream!

There are many recipes, especially baking ones, that use lemons. It is high in vitamin C that helps improve the immune system. Also, it has that special zesty taste and aroma that can brighten anyone’s day. 

It is like summer on your plate. No wonder, Starbucks has included it in their menu. In this easy recipe, we will share how you can replicate that at home!

What is a pound cake?

It is called as such because the traditional recipe is made of a pound each of flour, eggs, sugar, and butter. It is usually baked in a loaf pan or Bundt pan. Dense as it is, the top does not rise much. You can add syrup and glazing on top to make it moister.

Lemon Pound Cake

How to make Lemon Pound Cake

You will need the following ingredients:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • zest and juice of two lemons
  • sour cream, and milk
  1. Preheat the oven to a temperature of 350° F and line the 5×9 inch loaf pan with parchment paper. This will come handy for later. Then, spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients together: flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer (stand or handheld), mix together sugar and butter. Once light and fluffy, add and mix in the eggs, one at a time. Then, mix in the sour cream, lemon zest, and juice.
  4. Turn down the mixing power, add in about a third of the flour mixture and then, add half of the milk. Mix well and add in another third of the flour mixture followed by the rest of the milk. Once fully incorporated, add in the rest of the flour mixture. Once incorporated, stop mixing to avoid overmixing.
  5. Add the resulting mix into the loaf pan and pop it in the oven for about 55 to 60 minutes until done. 
  6. Set the whole thing in the counter and let it rest for about ten minutes.
  7. After letting it cool, lift out the parchment paper along with the cake and let it cool on a wire rack.
Lemon Pound Cake Loaf

How to make the lemon glaze for pound cake?

Whisk together a cup of confectioner’s sugar, two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and zest of one lemon. If it is too thick, add more juice until the desired consistency is reached.

How do you know when a pound cake is done?

Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick at the center and if it comes out with little to no crumbs on it, you can take the pan out of the oven. Also, ensure to check on it after about the 50-minute mark, not to overcook it. Because many ovens are different, it is better to check one extra time than having a burned dessert. 

How to make Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake?

Just follow this recipe! It is a copycat recipe for the Starbucks’ Iced Lemon Loaf.

On their website, you will find the ingredients though most of them are uncommon. It stated there that they use unsalted butter and buttermilk (though we used sour cream, feel free to substitute).

For a more similar taste, add in about half a teaspoon of lemon extract.

Can you make it in advance?

You can make this in advance but do not glaze yet. You can leave it in the counter and just glaze it when ready to serve.

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

For how long it can sit out?

For best results, we recommend wrapping it with foil. This way, it can sit on the counter for up to five days. 

Recipe Tips

  • When buying lemons, assess the weight of each piece. It must feel heavy for its size to ensure that you will get only the juicy ones.
  • If your loaf is already brown at around the 45-minute mark and is still undone, cover it with an aluminum foil before continuing the baking to prevent further browning.
  • It goes well with strawberries. Serve it with strawberry syrup or ice cream for a delightful treat!
  • Alto to freeze it, do so without the glaze. Once it is no longer hot, cover it tightly in cellophane, double with an aluminum foil, then, freeze for until three months. To prepare, thaw first and then, glaze.

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Lemon Pound Cake
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Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Lemon Pound Cake is the solution to your sweet tooth! A refreshing balance of tartness and sweetness, this cake is perfect for your summer parties!


Lemon Pound Cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of two lemons
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a 5-inch by 9-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, in a way to create handles on the side. To be able to lift the loaf easily once it's done. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition until well combined.
  6. Add sour cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice, and mix until combined, about 30 seconds.
  7. With the mixer on low, add one-third of the flour mix and half of the milk. Mix until mostly combined. Add another one-third of the flour and the remaining milk. Finish by adding the last third of the flour and mix just until incorporated. Avoid over mixing.
  8. Pour cake batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with little to no crumbs on it.
  9. Remove from oven when ready and let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before lifting it up and transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
Lemon Glaze:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar and fresh lemon juice and lemon zest until no lumps remain and the mixture has a smooth consistency. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but still, maintain a drizzle consistency.
  2. If needed, add another teaspoon of lemon juice, or more sugar.
  3. Drizzle glaze over the cooled pound cake, let it settle before slicing and serving.
  4. Store covered at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.
Calories: 451, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 103mg, Sodium: 367mg, Potassium: 144mg, Carbohydrates: 61g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 42g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 14.9%, Vitamin C: 1.5%, Calcium: 8.3%, Iron: 10.8%

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Lemon Pound Cake