Lemon Pound Cake

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    The lemon pound cake itself has a subtle lemon flavor but you really don't get the citrus punch until the glaze hits your tongue. It's tart and sweet at the same time and rounds out the cake part perfectly!

    Lemon Pound Cake

    This lemon pound cake is totally a Spring must-make, but it’s also a great cake to make if you are willing warmer weather or just dreaming it!

    Or, currently, trying to hold on to warmer weather.

    Lemons give you that extra warm weather feel and the fresh flavor is just bursting throughout this pound cake!

    Does this pound cake look familiar? You aren’t crazy if you’re saying that this lemon pound cake looks familiar.

    It is because it’s the Starbucks copycat!

    The lemon pound cake itself has a subtle lemon flavor but you really don't get the citrus punch until the glaze hits your tongue. It's tart and sweet at the same time and rounds out the cake part perfectly!

    The Best Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake Copycat Recipe

    Every time I go to Starbucks (which is rare these days since I like making my own lattes at home and I’m not a huge fan of Starbucks; support local!), I get sucked into buying a lemon pound cake.

    They strategically placed the darn pastry counter right next to the cash register, so when the line is out the door, you’re standing by the pastries for a good 5-10 minutes.

    Who, in their right mind, after standing next to sugary goodness would pass on them?

    I sure don’t. I almost always get the lemon pound cake.

    I love how moist it is and how the lemony glaze rounds out the overall lemon pound cake flavor.

    So, naturally, I had to find a way to copycat this recipe that way I don’t have to make a Starbucks run every time I crave it.

    After just a few, maybe more than a few, taste tests with the real thing, I had it about figured out!

    I’ll say it’s pretty close to the real thing and is definitely similar enough to curb those cravings and stop me from over-caffeinating myself at Starbucks on the regular.

    The lemon pound cake itself has a subtle lemon flavor but you really don't get the citrus punch until the glaze hits your tongue. It's tart and sweet at the same time and rounds out the cake part perfectly!

    How To Make Lemon Pound Cake

    Making a pound cake to the level of a Starbucks quality might seem like a daunting task, but trust me it’s a piece of cake! ;)

    Just preheat oven and grease a 9×5 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

    Beat milk, eggs, and the extracts in a bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift together flour, sugar, and baking powder and add the lemon zest.

    Stir to combine. Add the softened butter to the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined.

    Then slowly add in the milk mixture, beating on medium speed until batter is combined.

    Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake. Allow cake to cool then un-mold.

    For full measurements on ingredients and directions, check out the full recipe at the bottom of the post!

    How Long Does Pound Cake Keep?

    As long as it’s stored properly, in an airtight container, the cake will stay fresh for up to one week.

    You can keep it on the counter, or in the refrigerator if you prefer your cake cold.

    You can also store the cake in the freezer, and it will keep for up to 4 months.

    Just let the cake thaw naturally on the counter for a few hours prior to digging in, once removed from the freezer.

    The lemon pound cake itself has a subtle lemon flavor but you really don't get the citrus punch until the glaze hits your tongue. It's tart and sweet at the same time and rounds out the cake part perfectly!

    Can I Make This With A Different Glaze?

    Of course! I like the lemon glaze because it adds even more lemon flavor to the cake, which I love, but you could also just make a regular vanilla glaze if you like a more subtle lemon flavor.

    For the vanilla glaze, just replace the lemon juice with 2-3 tablespoons of water, and add a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.

    Do I have to make the glaze?

    Nope! If you prefer a non-glazed pound cake, you can definitely keep the glaze off. I do highly suggest trying it with the glaze because it’s so worth it!

    The pound cake will still be amazing either way to prepare it though, so enjoy it in whatever way you prefer.

    The lemon pound cake itself has a subtle lemon flavor but you really don't get the citrus punch until the glaze hits your tongue. It's tart and sweet at the same time and rounds out the cake part perfectly!

    Love Lemon Desserts? Then Try Out Some of These!

    Every time I eat a lemon dessert it just feels even more like summer. That beautiful combination of sweet and slightly tart is my absolute favorite. I always have a few lemon recipes on hand ready to make any time I crave that perfect taste of summer.

    Here are a few I’m crushing on right now: 

    Lemon Cornmeal Cake

    Honey Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

    Lemon Blueberry Dutch Baby

    Mini Lemon Hand Pies

    Raspberry Lemon Cake

    Easy Meyer Lemon Pie

    The lemon pound cake itself has a subtle lemon flavor but you really don't get the citrus punch until the glaze hits your tongue. It's tart and sweet at the same time and rounds out the cake part perfectly!

    Just Wait Until You Try This Lemon Pound Cake!

    The lemon pound cake itself has a subtle lemon flavor but you really don’t get the citrus punch until the glaze hits your tongue. It’s tart and sweet at the same time and rounds out the cake part. It makes it the perfect sweetness and goes great with coffee or tea!

    Dig in!

    The lemon pound cake itself has a subtle lemon flavor but you really don't get the citrus punch until the glaze hits your tongue. It's tart and sweet at the same time and rounds out the cake part perfectly! #lemon #lemonrecipes #lemonpoundcake #poundcake #cakerecipe

    Lemon Pound Cake

    Lemon Pound Cake recipe inspired by my favorite Starbuck's treat!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 50 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
    Course: Cake
    Cuisine: American
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 12
    Calories: 333kcal
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    Ingredients

    For the cake:

    • 15 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • Zest of 2 lemons

    For the glaze:

    • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
    • Juice of 2 lemons, use the lemons you used for the zest

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
    • Beat milk, eggs, and the extracts in a bowl and set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift together flour, sugar, and baking powder and add the lemon zest. Stir to combine.
    • Add the softened butter to the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined, about 30 seconds.
    • Then slowly add in the milk mixture, beating on medium speed until batter is combined. Turn the mixer speed on high and beat for an additional 20-30 seconds.
    • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake.
    • Allow cake to cool for 15 minutes then un-mold.
    • While cake is cooling, make the glaze. Combine powdered sugar and juice of 1 lemon, at first then slowly add the juice of the other lemon. Everyone likes their glaze consistency different so if you like it thicker, add less lemon juice, if you like it runnier, add more lemon juice.
    • Once cake is cooled, take a fork and pierce all over the top of the cake. Unmold and set on a wire rack with parchment or wax paper underneath. Pour the glaze evenly over the top and let it cool for 10-15 more minutes before slicing.
    • Store in an airtight container for 1 week.

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Lemon Pound Cake
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 333 Calories from Fat 144
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 16g25%
    Carbohydrates 46g15%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 34g38%
    Protein 3g6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

    Photography by Jesse Reilly

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    This is the perfect way to kickoff pre-spring! That’s such a thing, right? :)

  • sally @ sally's baking addiction says:

    i LOVE lemon pound cake! yours looks so incredibly amazing. i’m now hungry and i just ate breakfast. i had no idea so much butter was involved with pound cake (i’ve never made it before!) but that’s probably why i love it so much….!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    Out of all the things at Sbux, this is what always tempts me. I’m a sucker for a good pound cake. Absolute sucker. In fact, it’s my dad’s bday today and I was just thinking about making him a pound cake for dessert. Of the chocolate variety though :)

  • Kathryn says:

    I love lemon cakes and that lemon glaze just looks like the perfect topping. So delicious!

  • Cassie says:

    I’m such a fan of lemon poundcake and you have my heart with the almond extract…perfect combination!!

  • Jen @ Pretty Plate says:

    I love lemon everything… this cake has my mouth watering!

    : ))
    Jen

  • Krissys Creations says:

    I love your copycat recipes! And I loovvee this pound cake recipe :)

  • Tracey says:

    I love all things lemon so this is right up my alley! I made a lemon cake a while ago and now you have me craving this one too!

  • Villy @ For the love of Feeding says:

    Amazing! Looks so soft!

  • Asmita says:

    I love lemon cake. It is so refreshing. Just perfect with a hot cup of “Chai”. This cake looks wonderful!
    Love the photographs!!!

  • CouponClippingCook says:

    This lemon cakes looks better than the ones at Starbucks! The pictures are beautiful too.

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    I love lemon pound cake. Your pics are gorgeous and make me want to reach through the screen and take a bite!

  • Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau says:

    Oh, geez, don’t even get me started on that Starbuck’s lemon pound cake. I think it is quite possibly the best thing they have. Your version looks just like it and THAT is deliciously dangerous!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    Lemon desserts are hands-down my absolute favorite. I think if I made this, I’d eat the whole thing by myself!

    I love all your copycat recipes. Jaden (@SteamyKitchen) said at FBF in Nashville that someone needs to come up with a blog that takes restaurant recipes and makes them at home. Like, each post would have the the restaurant food photo on the left and the at-home version photo on the right. Make it the same, make it healthier, cheaper, whatever. I thought it was a great idea!

    ps If you tag your recipes ‘copycat Starbucks poundcake’ or ‘copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets’ you’ll get a lot of google hits from people searching with those terms. Tags are key! :)

    • Julie says:

      Aw thanks :) I think if I had the time to do a copycat restaurant blog, I’d totally do it, but I just don’t have that time! That’s probably why my copycats are so sporadic lol..and thank you for the tip on the tags ;) I just went and added some! hehe <3

  • anka says:

    Hi, Julie.

    Thanks so much for this tasty and easy recipe. Just in time for my improvised owl cake.
    http://happyhangaround.com/2012/02/29/leap-day-a-tradition-and-an-owl/

    Enjoy!

  • Skye (Skye Loves...) says:

    That looks amazing. So much better than the cake at Starbucks. No contest.

  • Abby says:

    Wow. Delish! I couldn’t agree more…how can we pass up the tempting treats staring us in the face?! impossible. At least homemade doesn’t have all the icky preservatives and things in it.

  • Linda @ Lemon Drop says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. Love the addition of almond extract and that glaze really is the “icing on the cake” !

  • Bridget says:

    This looks so yummy! I need to try it!

    Oh, and it’s not ‘It’s so fuzzy!’, it is “It’s so fluffy!’

  • Sarah says:

    OOh this looks so good!

    Can you tell me approximately how many tablespoons of zest are added (and maybe how much juice is added too..?) The lemons I get where I live are quite small (about the size of walnuts) and I don’t want to mess up the recipe.

    Please and thank you :).

    P.s. love your blog btw <3

    • Julie says:

      I would say approx. 2 tbsp of zest and 2 tbsp. of lemon juice..glad you’re enjoying the blog! :)

  • Sarah says:

    OOh this looks so good!

    Can you tell me approximately how many tablespoons of zest are added (and maybe how much juice is added too..?) The lemons I get where I live are quite small (about the size of walnuts) and I don’t want to mess up the recipe.

    Please and thank you :).

    P.s. love your blog btw <3

  • Marina says:

    Hello. I was wondering if I could use a hand mixer with this cake? I dont have a stand mixer. Thank you.

    • Julie says:

      Yes, you can!

  • Marina says:

    Okay, Thank you!!

  • El says:

    Julie, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe. It looks great!

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    I need a few slices of this fabulous cake soon! Perfect for Spring parties too!

  • Naomi says:

    So bright and flavorful for spring!

  • Heather Christo says:

    The cake looks wonderful! So glad that you are loving your new house Julie!

  • Maria says:

    I love all things lemon!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    What an amazing looking cake!

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    This looks fabulous! I think I could eat the whole cake by myself!

  • Corry Oosterhouse says:

    Yum!!! Another great recipe, Liz!! Now that I am over this “bug” that’s been going around, I am in the mood for baking!! (Had it off and on for a month!) I love, love lemon pound cake!! I am so happy you’ve moved into your new house–can’t wait to see pictures of the house and the back yard where you hope to have your own garden!
    Time to go pin the recipe!!❤️?❤️

  • Corry Oosterhouse says:

    Oops, I thought I was commenting on Liz’s page! Please delete the reference to her new house! Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      What’s funny is, I did move into a new house, lol – maybe Liz did too!

      • CorryOosterhouse says:

        I guess I had a Senior Moment thinking I was answering Liz!!? Yes, Liz and her family are moving into a new house too!!LOL!! She is very exited about it of course and especially because she’ll be able to have a garden! My husband and I have had an organic garden for over 50 years, so we can give her a few tips!! Wishing you much happiness in your new home!!❤️

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