“Lemon pound cake is my favorite dessert”. My ears perked up and I quickly grabbed a pen and paper. Those words, from this friend, were all the motivation I needed to get back in the kitchen. I felt a rush of excitement and motivation. Feelings I don’t often experience these days. I was flooded with happiness. It wasn’t the thought of a new recipe that gave me a jolt, but an opportunity to make something special for this particular person.
If I am being honest, life hasn’t dealt me the easiest hand. BUT in one area, I truly feel like the luckiest human on the planet. My people. I without a doubt have the ABSOLUTE most wonderful friends. It baffles me at times. How could I be so lucky to have developed this many deep, meaningful, life-changing friendships? Friends that are like family. Beautiful, soul-filling friendships that keep me going. I will forever be grateful that God put these people in my life. Eventually, there will be a recipe for all of you, but today it is for Lori.
We love to talk about food. She has brought me meal after meal to keep me going over the last year. She is an amazing cook. An incredible pharmacist and mother. One of the most giving people I’ve ever met. Always doing for others. Also, she is superhuman. Literally the most productive person I have ever been around. She can do anything. Intelligent. Whoah. Words flow out of her mouth in the most eloquent and impressive ways. She cares. She is hilarious. Oh, the laughs we have shared. I think everyone needs a Lori in their life. A constant pick me up. A sigh of relief. An anchor. I love her dearly.
The Pound Cake
I’d like to think I will get back to adding some more details about the recipe itself, but that isn’t what it is about today. This is just a recipe for a wonderful friend, and I hope you love it too. I hope you share it with one of your people. I hope you laugh until you cry and enjoy every sweet bite together.
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A tangy, buttery lemon pound cake brushed on all sides with a lemon sugar glaze. Created for a very special friend and soon to be loved by you and your people.
- 1 1/2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 large eggs, room temperature (3 eggs + 1 yolk)
- 1 cup + 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 Tablespoon water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray inside of loaf pan with PAM baking spray with flour. (you can use a tablespoon of butter if you don’t have this spray, but I highly recommend it.
Prepare The Cake Batter:
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and lemon zest.
- In a small bowl, lightly beat 3 large eggs plus one yolk (all at room temperature).
- Add butter to the bowl of a stand mixer**, and use the paddle attachment to beat the butter on medium speed for 1 minute – scraping the sides of the bowl down with a rubber spatula as needed.
- Add the sugar, and cream the butter and sugar together with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed.
- Turn the speed to low and slowly add the egg mixture a little at a time, mixing in between additions.
- Add the vanilla.
- Continue mixing on low speed, adding half the flour mixture. Add half the lemon juice. Then the remaining flour, followed by the rest of the lemon juice. Mix until just combined.
- Transfer the cake batter to prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top with a rubber spatula.
Bake The Cake:
- Set loaf pan on the MIDDLE RACK, and turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees.
- Bake for one hour and until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Transfer the loaf pan to a wire cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, remove the cake from the pan and allow to cool completely on the cooling rack.
Make The Glaze:
- Over medium-high heat combine sugar, lemon juice, and water. Whisk until sugar is completely dissolved. Brush the cooled cake on all sides with the lemon sugar glaze and enjoy!
**If you don’t have a stand mixer, a large mixing bowl and hand mixer work just fine!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Category: Cakes
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: lemon, pound cake, friendship