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Lemon-Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe

Lemon-Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe

Here’s the recipe I reach for when I need something tried and true. The old-fashioned cake has a tangy lemon flavor and is a nice dessert for potlucks or most any occasion. —Marianna King, Gastonia, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • LEMON SAUCE:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons grated lemon peel

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 75-80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • 3. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a wire rack placed over a sheet of waxed paper.
  • 4. In a large saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until reduced to 1-1/2 cups, about 10 minutes.
  • 5. Poke holes in top of cake; spoon about 1/4 cup sauce into holes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Poke holes into sides of cake; brush remaining sauce over cake. Cool completely. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 458 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 204 mg sodium, 66 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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