This recipe for lemon and sugar pound cake creates a soft and sweet cake with a burst of citrus flavor. Baked long and slow, this cake is fall proof and easy to make. It stores well and is the perfect cake for taking with you to a picnic.
Serve on its own or with a berry compote and whipped cream.
Continue reading for money saving ideas, cake baking tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Lemon and Sugar Pound Cake Q & A
The sugar in the pound cake can be reduced by half to 1/2 a cup however it won’t be as sweet.
Ten minutes before the end of the cooking time insert a skewer into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean with no batter on the skewer then the cake is done. Otherwise check again in another 5 to 10 minutes.
This cake can be eaten without any glaze or icing. Add more lemon rind to the cake batter to increase the lemon flavor.
Either store your pound cake in an airtight container or place on a plate then cover with plastic wrap making sure no air can get underneath. Pound cake will keep for 3 to 5 days when stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight. In warm climates store the cake in the fridge.
Gluten and Dairy Free Options
To make this lemon and sugar pound cake gluten free; use a gluten free baking powder and replace the flour with measure for measure gluten free flour blend. There is no point in making your own blend when these products are just as cost effective.
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To make this recipe dairy free; replace the butter with a dairy free margarine and replace the milk with either lactose free milk, almond or cashew milk.
Cake Baking Tips
- Always make sure you have the correct size and shape of tin needed for the recipe as it can affect the cooking time and texture of the cake.
- Prepare the tin first and ensure it is lined to the recipe directions.
- Take eggs out 30 minutes ahead of time to let them get to room temperature before baking.
- Check you have all the ingredients listed in the recipe.
- Make sure your oven has risen to temperature before baking. It may be helpful to test your oven’s temperature with an oven thermometer as some ovens are hotter than others.
- Measure all ingredients accurately.
- Be careful not to over process batter in a food processor or over beat.
- Sifting the dry ingredients will help to aerate the flour and remove lumps.
- Make sure the batter is level in the baking tin prior to baking so your cake will rise evenly.
- Bake in the centre of the oven.
- Always test the cake before the stated cooking time elapses while it is still in the oven by inserting a skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean then the cake is ready to take out otherwise leave in the oven a few more minutes.
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Lemons can be expensive to buy however you can save money by growing your own lemon tree. Dwarf lemon trees grow well in pots with some varieties such as Lots of Lemons producing several crops a year.
This is a great option if you don’t have much space or live in a dry area or experience cold winters as pots can be brought inside. See this guide to Growing Lemons in Pots for more information.
Pantry basics such as flour and sugar are always cheaper when purchased in bulk packs. Try your local flour mill for specials on better quality flour or look for wholesalers who sell direct to the public. Flour and sugar keep best when stored in airtight containers in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight.
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