Pound cake chars up really nicely on the grill and gets even grill marks. Don’t skip the syrup, because it’s packed with flavor. If you can’t find Meyer lemons, regular lemons will work just fine. The simple syrup will hold up for two weeks, so you can definitely make it ahead of time—or make extra and save it for later. 


Credit: Antonis Achilleos, Food Styling: Margaret Dickey, Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 20 mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 slice pound cake, 3 to 4 Tbsp. simple syrup)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Cook, stirring often, until sugar completely dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon zest and juice; chill, uncovered, 1 hour.

  • Cut cake into 8 (1 1/4 -inch-thick) slices. Spread butter over cake slices. Preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Place cake slices on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill, uncovered, until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes per side. Serve slices on shallow plates; drizzle with lemon syrup; dollop with whipped topping.