This is the recipe from Rose's and General's birthday cakes. I originally found it somewhere online (can't remember where!), when my husband casually hinted one day, that his favorite dessert - EVER - is homemade lemon poundcake with glazed icing. :0)
So I "surprised" him at dinner that evening with this cake - and it was a hit with everyone in my family! It bakes in a bundt pan and has a heavy, moist texture - nice and filling. Best of all, one cake easily makes 16 or more servings - perfect for a large family, for bringing to potlucks, or for having lots of leftovers. :)
The recipe has been altered a bit to accommodate what's usually on hand in my cupboard. Sometimes I end up adding more lemon juice (especially if the lemon is a juicy one), which really punches up the flavor - but it also increases the baking time.
(Printable copy can be found here!)
* Lemon Pound Cake *
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
juice from 1/2 of a lemon
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup melted butter
juice from the other 1/2 of the lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons vanilla
enough powdered sugar to make a smooth, thick (but pourable) consistency (about 2-3 cups)
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Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. With a mixer, cream the butter and sugar at a high speed for 5 minutes, until it is very light and fluffy. (Scrape the bowl occasionally.) Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
When the butter and sugar are finished creaming, beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix well after each one and scrape the bowl frequently. Add lemon juice and mix well.
Add the flour and sour cream to the batter, alternately - adding each in three additions, and combining just until smooth. Pour the batter into a buttered & floured 10" bundt pan. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a platter.
For the glaze, mix the butter, lemon juice, vanilla and powdered sugar together in a bowl. Blend until smooth and it makes a thick coating over a spoon (but will still pour easily). Drizzle evenly over the warm cake. (Any extra glaze can be served in a little dish on the side!)
We have just one week to go before our school year "officially" begins! This week I'm hoping to finish up our lesson plans, and plan a few surprises for our first day - next Tuesday....and I still have some final organizing to do in our school "area." If all goes well, I may have a few pics to post, we'll see.
In the meantime....
Wishing you a lovely Monday...and a sweet start to your week! :)
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