Best Meyer Lemon Pound Cake


Cakes & Cupcakes High Altitude Winter | Published December 28, 2023 by Mimi Council

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Dense, buttery, and sweet. This lemon loaf cake is made with Meyer lemons and topped with a lemon glaze. This is the best Meyer Lemon Pound Cake you’ll ever have!

If you love pound cake as much as I do, be sure to check out some of my other favorites like my Chocolate Pound Cake, Traditional Butter Pound Cake, or my Earl Grey Green Tea Pound Cake.

best meyer lemon pound cake
best meyer lemon pound cake

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Buttery: The best thing about pound cake is the rich buttery flavor. And this is the best Meyer Lemon Pound Cake as it is rich, buttery, and sweet with a slight tart and tangy flavor thanks to the Meyer lemons.

Dense: Pound cake should be dense. It’s part of why I love it so much, and this one is an absolutely perfect texture. This dense and sweet cake pairs perfectly with a cup of tea, glass or milk, or coffee.

Meyer Lemon: It’s Meyer lemon season, and these lemons are a bit more sweet than traditional lemons. This makes them great for baking and I love the sweeter lemon flavor they provide! But you can also use traditional lemons if you want, which makes this recipe easy to make all year round!

Make Ahead: This is a great cake recipe to make ahead of time. I always prefer to bake pound cakes in the evening and glaze them the following day. I believe this type of cake is best if it cools completely before glazing and I like this method best. So, this is a great cake to bake ahead of time!

best meyer lemon pound cake

Ingredients

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Homemade Organic Cake Flour

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Wholesome Sweeteners Powdered Sugar

Organic Meyer Lemons

best meyer lemon pound cake

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Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer

USA Pan 1-Pound Loaf Pan

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

Mixing Bowl

Whisk

best meyer lemon pound cake

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 1-pound loaf pan with parchment paper, letting it fold over the sides for easier removal.

Step 2

To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no butter chunks.

Add in the eggs and mix on low until combined. Scrape down the side of the bowl and mix again until combined.

Add the milk, cake flour, sea salt, and lemon zest in that order, and mix on low until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure a smooth batter and everything is mixed.

Step 3

Pour the cake batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. (Be sure to check the Notes for high altitude baking time.) Allow to cool completely in the cake pan.

Step 4

To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Whisk until combined into a smooth glaze. Spread the glaze over the top of the loaf cake. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

best meyer lemon pound cake

Baker's Tips

  • Make sure your butter is soft! Pound cake has very few ingredients, so they really matter! And soft butter is key. I prefer to leave butter out on the counter overnight to soften naturally. If you have to microwave it, then only do 10 second intervals per 1/2 cup.
  • Use whole milk — always! Whole milk is best for baking as it has the most fat. If you use 2% or skim milk, it has more water (and less fat). And water will actually dry out baked goods. So, this is why whole milk is always best for baking.  
  • I use Meyer lemons in this recipe. But you can definitely make it with traditional lemons too! It will have a tarter flavor if you use regular lemons and a sweeter flavor if you use Meyer lemons.
  • If you don’t have cake flour, you can easily make your own with my recipe for Homemade Cake Flour.
  • I love making this cake ahead of time. I usually bake it in the evening, let it cool overnight, and then glaze it the following day.
  • Be sure to store this cake in an airtight container so it stays moist. I prefer to store this in a cake dome, but a Tupperware will also do.
best meyer lemon pound cake

FAQ's

Can I use regular lemons?

Yes, of course. If Meyer lemons are not in season you can definitely use regular lemons! This cake will have a slightly different flavor with Meyer lemons versus regular lemons. Check out my article Difference Between Lemons and Meyer Lemons.

How should I store pound cake?

This cake should be stored in an airtight container or a cake dome so it retains its moist and buttery texture.

Can I make this in a bundt pan?

Yes! If you want to make this recipe in a bundt pan you will need to double the recipe and then you'll have enough batter for a bundt pan. Be sure to check to make sure the cake is done, it may need a little longer in the oven if you are baking it in a bundt pan.

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Best Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Mimi Council
Buttery, dense, and sweet – this is the best Meyer Lemon Pound Cake is a bright and zesty loaf cake that is the perfect treat for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 8 servings
Calories 501 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Batter

Glaze

  • 212 grams powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 1-pound loaf pan with parchment paper, letting it fold over the sides for easier removal.
  • To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no butter chunks.
  • Add in the eggs and mix on low until combined. Scrape down the side of the bowl and mix again until combined.
  • Add the milk, cake flour, sea salt, and lemon zest in that order, and mix on low until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure a smooth batter and everything is mixed.
  • Pour the cake batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the cake pan.
  • To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Whisk until combined into a smooth glaze.
  • Spread the glaze over the top of the loaf cake.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Notes

High Altitude – Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 501kcalCarbohydrates: 90gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 122mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 1gSugar: 70gVitamin A: 468IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
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