Lemon Pound Cake

Photo: Hector Sanchez

This Lemon Pound Cake recipe is perfect for making individual servings which are great to give as gifts. You can even make them ahead and freeze for the ultimate convenient treat.

Yield: Makes 6 small cakes (about 6 servings each)
Recipe from Real Simple

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 27mg
  • Calories: 152
  • Calories from fat: 44%
  • Carbohydrate: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 37mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Protein: 2mg
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 69mg

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 cup (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Brush six 5 ¾-by-3 ½-inch disposable loaf pans with the melted butter. Position a rack in lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 350° F.

    Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg into a large bowl; set aside.

    In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the room-temperature butter on medium until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Lightly whisk the eggs, then beat them into the butter-sugar mixture. Add the lemon zest. Add a quarter of the dry-ingredients mixture, followed by a third of the cream, blending until smooth. Repeat until all the dry ingredients and cream have been combined. Blend in the extracts.

    Divide the batter among the pans. Place pans in oven, spacing evenly. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack. The cakes can be wrapped in plastic and kept frozen for up to 1 month.
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