Thursday, May 28, 2009

LEMON POUND CAKE ( 5 STAR)

I don't give out 5 stars for a recipe very often and certainly NOT the first time I try a recipe. However, this recipe received my 5 star rating immediately! It is, by far, the best pound cake recipe I've ever tried. It's texture is smooth, moist and velvety, with a hint of lemon. The recipe makes one 10" tube pan or two loaf cakes. I hope you try it.

(1) 8 ounce cream cheese (room temperature)
6 eggs (room temperature)
1½ cups butter (room temperature)
3 cups white sugar
3 cups CAKE flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon extract
zest of two lemons (chopped finely) Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour a 10" tube pan or 2 large loaf pans.

In a stand mixer (using whisk attachment), cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth and silky. Slowly add the sugar while the mixer is running, and beat until very fluffy (it will look like whipped cream and may take as long as 5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each egg. Add the extracts and the lemon zest and mix well.

Replace whisk attachment with paddle attachment. Sift the cake flour into a one cup measure and level off with a knife. Add flour to butter mixture, one cup at a time, mixing just long enough for the flour to disappear.

Pour batter into prepared tube pan (or two large prepared loaf pans). Hold the filled pan about 6" above your counter and drop it (this will dislodge any big air pockets). Bake cake for 1 hour 20 minutes. Test for doneness with toothpick test. Let the cake cool about 10 minutes then remove from pan.

NOTE: The butter, cream cheese and eggs must be at absolute room temperature (I leave mine on the counter overnight). If you don't have these ingredients at room temperature, they will not mix correctly and your cake will not bake properly...very important.

NOTE: Don't try this recipe with all purpose flour. Cake flour really makes a difference.

NOTE: You will know you have beaten the butter-cream cheese - sugar mixture enough when your stand mixer bowl is about 2/3 full and is the consistency of whipped cream.

NOTE: When zesting the lemons, be very careful not to get any pith (the white part under the yellow part) into the cake (it's bitter). You want just the very outside of the lemon peel. After you zest the lemons, run your knife through the zest a little bit to make it smaller.
This is my 3 year old grandson, Steven, I think he liked todays lemon pound cake!

24 comments:

Katy ~ said...

Coleen, I LOVE pound cakes; they are one of my all-time favorites. This must be just perfect with the cake flour, giving it a fine texture. This is a copy and save for me and one that I'll be trying very soon!

Thanks for another delicious post!

Barbara Bakes said...

This looks so moist and tasty! Perfect with strawberries and cream!

Donna-FFW said...

Wow, a 5 star!! A must try! I am a fan of Ina gartens Lemon cakes, its my standby, but I must try this one! Looks fantastic!

Mommy Gourmet said...

Can I just tell you how much I love a good pound cake. I mean really is there anything better? I am going to have to try this!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

You can tell just by looking at it that it is a great poundcake. very light and fluffy looking. Yummo

~Carole said...

I see your light box is giving you wonderful results. :-)

I'll have to try your recipe if it garners five stars from you. I, like Donna, rely on Ina's Lemon Cake recipe.

I make your Crock Pot Refried Beans all the time. They are SO GOOD!

girlichef said...

This does sound amazing...mmmm, lemon!

Debbie said...

I absolutely adore pound cakes and love trying new ones. I will most definitely try this one very soon Coleen...Thanks for posting it. Looking forward to having some!!!!

Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, how I adore pound cake! And anything with lemons in it. I've actually been eying a lemon pound cake recipe in my recipe binder...The use of cream cheese in yours, though, makes this recipe extra tantalizing...

Food addict said...

Coleen, that looks so yummy!!There is nothing better than pound cake!!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Ohh this is evil Coleen. I am drooling. I love lemon pound cake, and this one looks amazing.

Laura

Monica H said...

I bet the cake flour makes it so tender. I wish I had a piece!

Kerstin said...

Looks yummy! I like that is has both lemon extract and all that lemon zest!

teresa said...

Mmm, 5 stars! I love lemon flavored cakes, I will be trying this for sure!

Elyse said...

Mmm, five stars?! This sounds awesome. You know from my blog that I'm a fan of lemon poundcake :) I can't wait to try this one out!! Oh, and Steven is PRECIOUS!

Shelly said...

Sounds delicious! I'll have to try it. Cute pic of your grandson, too! This is my first visit to your blog from Wandering Coyote's, and I love it!

Carrie said...

Ha! I love the picture of the grandson, how cute!
This pound cake looks so good with the strawberries, perfect for summer!

Kristen said...

Oh your grandson is the cutest! Any kind of lemon cake is worth doing and since you speak so highly of this one, I'll have to bookmark it :o)

Heatherfeather said...

This cake looks really good, and I love the pretty fabric in the background. It makes the cake texture stand out very clearly. I have been reading your blog for a few weeks and I think I will start following it, as I am enjoying your posts very much. Thanks for sharing :)

Anj said...

Pound cakes are my very favorite. The texture on this one looks amazing. I just found your blog and I'm enjoying your recipes.

Kim said...

Your grandson is adorable!! He really is supercute. Looks like he thinks it's 5 star too : ) I love lemon flavored desserts too - I bet it is delicious.

Cristine said...

With a review like that how could I not try it? Looks great!

Ingrid said...

It's a handsome little guy and those eyes!

This sounds like a winner. Thanks for the tips.
~ingrid

GrammaPat said...

That child has seen heaven. My oh my, I will make this Lemon pound cake and see if my granddaughters have the same look.