Lemoniest Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Citrus Glaze

This lemon pound cake is truly the lemoniest! Using both lemon juice and zest, and adding a ridiculously delicious glaze really puts it over the top!

While I absolutely love this lemon pound cake, you know what makes it even better? It’s easy.

You most likely have every ingredient in your pantry. And if you’re like me and have some lemon trees dropping lemons like crazy, it’s a super tasty way of using them up šŸ˜‰

And if you love lemons, you will love it! It’s truly the lemoniest lemon pound cake I’ve ever made, and I’ve tried quite a few. And don’t get me started on the glaze. So. delicious.



gorgeous lemon pound cake


As far as pound cakes go, this is perfection. It’s super moist with a delicate crumb and is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or my personal favorite, an afternoon snack with tea or coffee.

As the recipe stands, it has you using a food processor which I find to be an easier clean up (and easier than dragging out my stand mixer). But if you don’t have one, you can easily substitute a mixer.


eggs and lemons for baking on wood board

finished lemon pound cake delicious spring recipe dessert


But I think what makes it truly special is the lemon citrus glaze you drizzle on right after baking. It adds an irresistible tart-sweet element and once it dries, a tiny bit of crunch to the outside crust. It’s seriously so good!


lemon pound cake with delicious lemon citrus glaze

lemon pound cake glazed

yummy lemon pound cake delicious dessert or snack
dessert with tea or coffee delicious snack idea



Yield: One 9 by 5-inch cake

Lemoniest Lemon Pound Cake with Citrus Glaze

Lemoniest Lemon Pound Cake with Citrus Glaze

A perfect lemon pound cake made with both lemon juice AND lemon zest and covered with a lemon citrus glaze for maximum lemony-ness!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (can substitute all-purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 TBSP. grated zest plus 1 TBSP. fresh squeezed lemon juice from 2 medium lemons
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice from 1 or 2 medium lemons


    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 9 x 5-inch loaf pan; dust with 1 TBSP. flour, tapping out excess.

    2. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

    3. Melt butter in saucepan over low heat (or in microwave). 

    4. In food processor, process sugar and zest until combined. Add lemon juice, eggs, and vanilla: process until combined. With machine running, pour melted butter through feed tube in slow steady stream. Transfer mixture to large bowl. 

    5. Sift flour mixture over egg mixture in 3 steps, whisking gently after each addition until just combined.

    6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325° and continue to bake until deep golden brown and skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 more minutes.

    7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto wire rack.

    8. While cake is cooling, bring sugar and lemon juice to a boil in small saucepan, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. 

    9. After removing cake from pan, poke entire top and all sides with toothpick.

    10. Brush top and sides of cake with glaze. 

    11. Cool to room temperature. Cooled cake can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.


I use a Microplane grater for the lemon zest - if you have never tried one, they're amazing! A definite kitchen must.


 pound cake on pedestal plate with flowers and plates dessert serving ideas


I love sharing recipes and hope to do more of that here on the blog. If you decide to make it, be sure to come back here and let me know how you liked it!


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Happy Spring!


Lemoniest Lemon Pound Cake graphic on Maison de Cinq


If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out more recipes and spring decorating ideas below:

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And visit some of my blogging friends yummy spring recipes below, too!


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Gluten Free Lemon Glazed Blueberry Donuts at Cassie Bustamante
Easy Food Processor Scones at Life is a Party
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Mom’s Classic Green Chili Egg Casserole at Tatertots and Jello
Spring Chicken Pesto Pasta at Inspiration for Moms
Deviled Eggs Three Ways at Finding Silver Pennies
Easy Egg Salad Recipe at This is Our Bliss


Classic Belgian Waffles at Nick & Alicia
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  1. Teresa Morton says:

    Sheila, I made your Lemoniest Lemon pound cake a few days ago! It is marvelous!
    We both love it! I give it a five star rating-plus!! My husband shared a few pieces with neighbors (before he tasted it). They sent rave reviews! One person requested the recipe , so Iā€™m forwarding her this blog post! Thanks so very much for sharing!!

    1. Aww thank you Teresa!! I’m SO glad you loved it as much as we do!!


  2. Beth Pozzini Putz says:

    I made the lemon pound cake last night for dessert using lemons from my Meyer Lemon Tree. At first I was worried that the flavor was not going to be right, but after the cake was cooled and glazed, I could have eaten the whole thing! My kids and husband loved it too. My youngest is VERY picky, and if he likes it, it is a total win! SO GOOD!!! We are on “Spring Break” so one child is home from college…we needed a little pick me up, because yesterday we had blizzard like conditions. No real accumulation of snow…maybe an inch. But how depressing! We are so ready for Spring!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Oh gosh I love hearing this Beth! We love it (me especially, haha!) and it’s hard to stop eating it!! And I’m with you on the spring – bring it on!

      Thanks for your kind words and I’m so glad you all loved it too! šŸ™‚


  3. This was an incredible dessert! I did tweak it to add a thick icing sugar lemony white frosting once it had completely cooled (icing sugar, lemon juice and some of the zest made in a very thick consistency) to mimic the Starbucks lemon loaf. Honestly- this one was BETTER!!! Thanks- you always have simple, chic and elegant recipes that never disappoint!

    1. Oh my gosh, I’m so glad you loved it! And your lemon icing addition sound incredible!!


  4. Can I make in a bundt pan

    1. I think you absolutely can! I would just check it earlier with a cake tester of knife as it may cook much faster as it won’t be as dense. Good luck!

  5. This looked so good, I just had to try it. I shared it with friends and it got good reviews all around. Today I decided to make it again because after sharing, there was only a small amount left for me. That’s what reminded me to comment and thank you for a great recipe.

    1. Haha I LOVE that!! What better review is there than when there isn’t much left, right?!

      Thanks so much for sharing – I’m so glad you like it šŸ™‚


  6. I love me some lemon.

    Still trying to make that Create plug in work for me:(
    I have more trouble with plug ins!!!!

    Enough complaining, your cake looks delish šŸ™‚

    1. Really? I just added that plugin and it’s my first time using it – it was super easy! Hope you get it working!

      And thanks for your kind words about the cake šŸ™‚


  7. This looks amazing! I remember my aunt always bringing this amazing pound cake to our home but we never had the recipe. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you xx

    1. You’re so sweet – thank you Danielle! Hope you like it as much as we do šŸ™‚


  8. I love lemons and you can bet I will be adding that to my list to make. And it’s so picture perfect! Thanks for sharing Sheila!

    1. Aww thanks so much Krista! and thanks for putting this together – love finding new recipes!


  9. Vicki Bray says:

    You had me at lemon – but your pictures are truly drool worthy! I will certainly save the recipe, and can’t wait to try it!!

    1. Aww I’m so very sorry to hear that Vicki! We were short here one week but since limiting quantities they seem to be back in stock mostly now. I also go first thing in the morning when they open – that certainly helps!

      Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind words! I hope you get to make it soon šŸ™‚


  10. This looks amazing Sheila! Thanks for the recipe. I pinned it to my brunch board and can’t wait to make it!

    1. Aww thanks so much Jen! Hope you try it!!


  11. This recipe sounds delicious, and I would love to try it, however I do have one question. In the recipe above it says to use 1/2 cup of butter or 2 sticks, but 2 sticks equals 1 cup. If you could please clarify the correct amount of butter to use, it would be appreciated. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to make it!

    1. Yes, sorry Joanne! I corrected that earlier. It’s 2 sticks (1 cup). Hope you enjoy it!


  12. Tricia Heliker says:

    Is the first ingredient 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) or 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)?

    1. So sorry – it’s 1 cup (2 sticks). Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

  13. Thanks! Sounds so good! Love reading your blog! Easy to print, too!