- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 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 zest and extract. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat just until combined.
- Pour into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over top of cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Reviews forCalifornia Lemon Pound Cake
"Excellent cake! I've made it several times and had people say it's way better than the lemon loaf sold at a popular coffee chain. My hubby loves it and requests it for his birthday and Valentine's Day. Made it recently and added 1/4 cup poppy seeds as he wanted a lemon/poppy seed cake. I made the frosting but added a little warm water to make it a thinner icing rather than a fluffy frosting, as pictured in the photo above. I think it has a nice pop of lemon flavor and love the texture of the cake."
"I would suggest using a touch of lemon oil in the batter to ramp up the lemon flavor!"
"This is a delicious cake. Has a good texture. I did add a little fresh lemon juice to the batter."
"Love the texture of this cake. Made it in my sister-in-law's kitchen where there is no bundt pan :( So used a 9x12 and doubled the icing.... Nice results. And was better the 2nd or third day."
"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."
"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"
"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!"