Moist and Delicious Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Have you ever craved a delicious slice of pound cake, but didn’t have the time or patience to make a complicated recipe? Well, I have exactly what you need – my quick and easy pound cake recipe! With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow directions, you can whip up a perfect pound cake in no time.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I can attest to the popularity and timeless appeal of a classic pound cake. But let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t have the hours needed for baking or the energy to tackle a complex, multi-step recipe. That’s where my recipe comes in. It’s designed to give you all the flavor and texture of a traditional pound cake without all the fuss.

My goal is to share with you a recipe that requires minimal effort but delivers maximum results. Whether you want to impress your guests with your baking skills or simply satisfy your sweet tooth, my quick pound cake recipe is sure to become your go-to dessert option. So grab your apron, preheat that oven and get ready to bake an incredibly delicious and moist pound cake with me!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Quick Pound Cake
Quick Pound Cake

Pound cake is a delicious dessert that has been enjoyed for generations. It’s simple, yet rich, dense and buttery, with a moist crumb that almost melts in your mouth. What more could you ask for? This easy and quick pound cake recipe is one of my favorites, and here’s why you’ll love it too:

First off, this recipe requires just four ingredients – flour, eggs, sugar, and butter – which are pantry staples that most people have on hand. So no need to fuss with complicated or hard-to-find ingredients!

Secondly, it only takes about ten minutes to prepare the ingredients and another hour to bake. That’s it! You don’t need an entire afternoon to make this cake. Plus, the cake comes out perfectly every time if you follow these simple steps.

Thirdly, the end result is an incredibly moist cake that has a light crumb and a slightly crisp top crust. It is perfect for afternoon tea, brunch gatherings or as a dessert for weeknight dinners. Add some whipped cream on top or drizzle some chocolate sauce and you’ve got yourself an impressive and sophisticated dessert without breaking a sweat.

Finally, because this pound cake is so versatile – you can easily adapt it to suit any occasion or mood by adding different flavors like lemon zest, vanilla extract or almond extracts. You can also slice it into thinner pieces and use it as bread where it goes wonderfully with jams or nut butter.

Overall, I think this quick pound cake recipe is the ultimate comfort food that satisfies the craving for something sweet without being too over-the-top. Give it a try and I guarantee that it will be your new go-to dessert recipe!

Ingredient List

 This is one pound cake that won't weigh you down!
This is one pound cake that won’t weigh you down!

Ingredients 1- The basics

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

Ingredients 2 – Flavorings

  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

This quick pound cake recipe requires only the simplest list of ingredients. In fact, you may already have them in your pantry. I recommend using good-quality and fresh products for the best results. For ingredient 1, it’s important to use all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt to give the cake flavor and act as a leavening agent. Make sure that your butter is softened before starting the recipe. Using room temperature butter and eggs will help your final product be consistent and achieve a perfect texture. Finally, we have our cornerstone ingredients- 6 large eggs and 2 cups of granulated sugar. For ingredient 2, you can add extra flavorings like vanilla extract.

The Recipe How-To

 Who knew a cake could be both quick and delicious?
Who knew a cake could be both quick and delicious?

Now, let’s dive into the recipe itself. This quick pound cake recipe requires only four ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry: butter, sugar, eggs and flour. This recipe is so simple and easy that even a beginner baker will be able to pull it off without trouble.

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

To make this easy pound cake, start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease an 8-inch loaf pan. In a medium-size bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Set aside.

Step 2: Mix the Butter and Sugar

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream together 1 cup of unsalted butter that has been softened at room temperature with 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar for about three minutes, until light and fluffy.

Step 3: Add the Eggs

Next, add in one egg at a time, making sure to mix well after each addition. Six large eggs are used in this recipe so it might take a few minutes for the eggs to mix in properly.

Step 4: Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients

Once all the eggs have been added, slowly mix in the dry ingredients along with ½ cup of whole milk alternately starting with dry ingredients and ending with dry ingredients. If you overbeat at this step then your cake might become tough instead of tender and moist!

Step 5: Bake the Cake

Once everything is well mixed, pour your batter evenly into your greased loaf pan. Put your pan into your preheated oven and bake for around an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Tip: Keep an eye on your cake because some ovens can bake cakes faster than others

The key to making this pound cake recipe turn out moist, tender, and perfect is to not overmix it! Once it’s done in the oven, let it cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving. You can dress your cake any way you like, maybe a dusting of powdered sugar or you could go all out with a decadent cream cheese frosting.

Now that you know how to make the perfect pound cake, there’s no excuse not to try this recipe yourself!

Substitutions and Variations

 Cut a slice and savor the simplicity.
Cut a slice and savor the simplicity.

Now, if you’re feeling adventurous and creative, and want to put your own spin on this classic recipe, here are a few variations and substitutions you can try:

– Lemon Pound Cake: If you’re a fan of citrusy desserts, you can add the zest of one lemon to the batter and a splash of lemon juice for some tartness. You can also top the cake with a sweet glaze made of powdered sugar and lemon juice.

– Vanilla Sponge Cake: For a lighter version of this cake, you can make it into a sponge cake by separating the eggs and whipping the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold in the egg whites gently into the batter for a fluffy texture.

– Cream Cheese Pound Cake: If you’re looking for a richer, creamier flavor, substitute half of the butter with cream cheese. The cream cheese adds tanginess and moisture to the cake. You can also add some chopped nuts or chocolate chips for some crunch.

– Chocolate Pound Cake: For chocoholics out there, add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the dry ingredients and reduce the flour amount by 1/2 cup. You can also mix in chocolate chips or chunks for luscious bites.

– Gluten-Free Pound Cake: If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, substitute all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour mix or almond flour. Make sure to adjust for consistency as gluten-free flours tend to absorb more moisture.

– Loaf Cake Variation: Instead of baking two layers of cakes, make one loaf cake with this recipe. It’s great for slicing and serving with tea or coffee.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to variations and substitutions for this pound cake recipe. Try experimenting with different flavors, fruits, frostings or an icing drizzle on top. Have fun baking and enjoying your delicious creations!

Serving and Pairing

 This recipe is a slam-dunk for any last-minute dessert needs.
This recipe is a slam-dunk for any last-minute dessert needs.

Once your pound cake is ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy it! The great thing about this cake is that it can be served in a variety of ways.

First off, you can simply serve it as a standalone dessert, perhaps topped with some powdered sugar or whipped cream. The dense and rich texture of the cake makes for a satisfying treat that’s sure to please any sweet tooth.

But if you’re looking to get a little more creative, there are plenty of pairing options to consider. The sweetness of the pound cake can be balanced out with a wide range of flavors. For example, many people enjoy serving their pound cake with fresh berries and cream, which adds a slight tartness and creaminess to the mix.

Another great option is to pair your pound cake with tea or coffee, which helps bring out different flavors in the cake itself. You may even want to experiment with different types of tea or coffee to see which ones work best with your recipe.

If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can even use your pound cake as the base for other desserts. Some creative chefs have used it in trifles, parfaits, and other layered treats that showcase the versatility of this classic dessert.

In short, feel free to experiment with different serving and pairing options until you find something that works best for your taste preferences.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A classic dessert that's easy as pie (cake?).
A classic dessert that’s easy as pie (cake?).

Pound cakes are known for their moist texture and rich flavors that only get better with time. This quick pound cake recipe can be prepared ahead of time and then stored for later use. Once baked, the cake can be covered with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to three days.

If you need to keep it longer, opt for freezing it. Wrap it well in plastic wrap and then seal it tightly in a container or freezer bag. The cake will stay good in the freezer for up to three months. When you are ready to eat it, let the cake defrost naturally at room temperature for several hours before serving.

When it comes to reheating, the best way is to preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) or microwave on high power for 20-30 seconds. Both processes will bring your pound cake back to its original moistness and freshness, and bring out all of its delicious flavors.

Be careful not to overheat the cake as this can cause its texture or flavor to change. If you have frosted the cake, remove the frosting before reheating it as frosting may melt.

Now that you know how to properly store, freeze and reheat your pound cake, you can make one ahead of time whenever you’re having guests over or want a quick dessert fix without any fuss. Trust me; this pound cake recipe is so delicious that even if it requires a few extra steps, every bite is worth it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Put your mixer to work and whip up this easy pound cake.
Put your mixer to work and whip up this easy pound cake.

Now that you have the ingredient list and how-to steps, let’s discuss some tips to ensure your quick pound cake is perfect every time.

1. Room Temperature Ingredients

Make sure your eggs and butter are at room temperature before starting your recipe. This will help them mix together easier and create a smooth batter.

2. Spoon Flour into Measuring Cup

When measuring flour, don’t scoop it with the measuring cup, as this can cause too much flour to be added to the recipe. Instead, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level it off with a knife.

3. Use the Right Flour

For this recipe, use all-purpose flour rather than cake flour. Cake flour has less protein than all-purpose flour, which can result in a denser cake.

4. Cream Butter and Sugar Thoroughly

Take your time when creaming butter and sugar together. Keep mixing for at least 5 minutes until it becomes light and fluffy, which will help your pound cake rise better.

5. Don’t Overmix Batter

Once you’ve added in all the ingredients, do not overmix! This can lead to a tough and heavy pound cake instead of a moist, airy one.

6. Let Your Pound Cake Cool Properly

Allow your pound cake to cool completely in its pan before removing or slicing. If you take it out too soon or while it’s still warm, it can fall apart while serving.

Follow these tips, and you’ll no doubt have a deliciously moist quick pound cake on your hands!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this quick pound cake recipe is one of the easiest and most delicious ones out there. With minimal ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can have a perfect pound cake in less than an hour. Whether you are making it for a party or just to treat yourself to something sweet, this recipe is sure to be a hit.

Moreover, with the variety of substitutions and variations available, you can easily customize the recipe to suit your taste buds. From adding cream cheese or lemon zest to changing the type of flour or sugar used, there is no limit to how you can make this pound cake your own.

So why not give this recipe a try? With its moist texture and rich buttery flavor, it is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for any occasion. And who knows, you might even become known among your friends as the preppy kitchen master of pound cakes!

Quick Pound Cake

Quick Pound Cake Recipe

This is delicious on it's own, but it also makes a great base sliced and used for shortcake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Easy, For Large Groups, Quick Breads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 189.1kcal


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract


  • Cream butter and sugar. Add almond extract.
  • Add eggs and flour alternately.
  • Place in two greased and floured loaf pans.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and cool on racks.


Serving: 49g | Calories: 189.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.8g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5.3g | Cholesterol: 66.8mg | Sodium: 85.7mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 16.8g

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