If you’re a fan of classic Southern desserts, then you’ll love this recipe for a traditional Southern lemon pound cake. Bursting with citrus flavor and featuring a tender crumb, this cake is perfect for any occasion. Follow these instructions to create a delectable dessert that will impress your family and friends.
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan or Bundt pan.
- In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer for this step.
- Add the eggs to the butter-sugar mixture, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
- Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. The lemon zest will add a robust lemon flavor while the juice will give a tartness that complements the sweetness of the cake.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. The baking time may vary, so keep a watchful eye on the cake after 1 hour.
- Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once the cake has cooled, you can dust it with powdered sugar or glaze it with a sweet lemon icing for added flavor and presentation.
- Slice and serve the traditional Southern lemon pound cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a side of fresh berries. It’s perfect as a dessert after a Southern-style meal or as a delightful treat anytime.
Enjoy this classic Southern delicacy and indulge in the tangy and sweet flavors of lemon. This traditional Southern lemon pound cake is sure to become a favorite among your family and friends.
Remember to store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain its freshness. Happy baking!