Lemon Pound Cake

  • Note: This post first appeared on February 28, 2012. The recipe has been edited slightly (to make the recipe easier to understand if you were having issues before) and the photography got a facelift! Enjoy!

    This Starbucks copycat lemon pound cake recipe will bring you a feeling of Spring in your kitchen! The lemon flavor bursts in every bite. It's so fresh and fragrant!

    Oh my goodness. The last week has been a whirlwind. We finally moved to our new house, unpacked everything, and are settling in quite nicely. The first few days after moving in were completely and utterly chaotic. I honestly feel that that is the understatement of the year. I applaud those who move a lot. I’m sure you become a pro at it at some point and don’t think anything of moving anymore but holy cow — that is something I cannot do. This is our dream home and I hope we don’t ever have to move from it. We (I) have so much stuff for just the two of us but the amount of space in our new house is just dreamy and a clean slate.

    I can’t wait to take you on a tour! I’m thinking once things are more put together, I’ll have to do a room tour or something either on Instagram Live or Facebook Live. I’ll, of course, post photos on the blog, too. :) I’m slightly behind on posting photos of getting the keys and the final look of the house but I’ll get there! I’m playing major catchup. I’m kind of dreading going back to work to a bulging inbox.

    This Starbucks copycat lemon pound cake recipe will bring you a feeling of Spring in your kitchen! The lemon flavor bursts in every bite. It's so fresh and fragrant!

    This lemon pound cake is totally a Spring must-make. Lemons give you that extra spring-feel and the fresh flavor is just bursting in this pound cake.

    You might say that this lemon pound cake looks familiar. And it is because it’s the Starbucks copycat.

    Every time I go to Starbucks, 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.

    This Starbucks copycat lemon pound cake recipe will bring you a feeling of Spring in your kitchen! The lemon flavor bursts in every bite. It's so fresh and fragrant!

    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 :)

    This Starbucks copycat lemon pound cake recipe will bring you a feeling of Spring in your kitchen! The lemon flavor bursts in every bite. It's so fresh and fragrant!

    Dig in!

     

    Lemon Pound Cake
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    50 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 5 mins
     
    Lemon Pound Cake recipe inspired by my favorite Starbuck's treat!
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 333 kcal
    Ingredients
    For the cake:
    • 15 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
    • 3 tbsp milk
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp lemon extract
    • 1/2 tsp almond extract
    • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 tsp 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
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
    2. Beat milk, eggs, and the extracts in a bowl and set aside.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, sift together flour, sugar, and baking powder and add the lemon zest. Stir to combine.
    4. Add the softened butter to the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined, about 30 seconds.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Allow cake to cool for 15 minutes then un-mold.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. Store in an airtight container for 1 week.
    Recipe Notes

    Source: Fresh

    Nutrition Facts
    Lemon Pound Cake
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 333 Calories from Fat 144
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 16g 25%
    Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 34g
    Protein 3g 6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

     

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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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