California Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
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California Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

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Citrus trees grow abundantly in California, and I'm always looking for new recipes which use the fruit from the orange and lemon trees in my yard. This is one of my favorites! My mother passed this recipe down to me. —Richard Killeaney, Spring Valley, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 500 calories, 23 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 107 mg cholesterol, 333 mg sodium, 70 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in lemon peel and extract. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat just until combined.
  2. Pour into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over top of cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as California Lemon Pound Cake in Country April/May 1991, p47

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.


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Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"This is as good a lemon pound cake as I’ve had, great lemon flavor and very moist. Frosting fans might want to double the recipe. Don’t skip the lemon extract in the cake. Trader Joe’s sells a very good one as does Olive Nation on line. DON’T buy the artificially flavored ones that the supermarkets sell. The difference between artificial and real flavor is night and day. Those who had it burn or be very dry, try using an oven thermometer. Cooper Atkins is a good brand."

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Reviewed May. 4, 2016

"Made cake today. Flavor was good,, but when u slice it cake falls apart. Also very dry. I followed recipe not sure what went wrong."

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Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

"Great basic recipe. However,most people complain not enough lemon flavor if you have lemons, why use extract. I used half lemon juice and half milk to get a real...lemon flavor. Then still use lemon juice for icing. I grow meyer lemons and they are wonderful. Waste not want not. Thanks"

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Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"Made this yesterday and everyone loved it! It's a perfect summer dessert with a delicate lemon flavor. Instead of icing it as indicated in the recipe, I served it with whipped cream and fresh strawberries macerated in sugar. I'm sure it would be great with the icing too! I'll definitely make this again!"

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"I baked this cake in individual bundt cake pans. It was ok but not great in my opinion. I even used buttermilk. It stuck in the pans even though I sprayed it .I probably

won't make it again"

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