For best results, bake these cakes at least a day before serving it, you can store it up to three days at room temperature, or freeze for up to three months. The glaze in this cake is optional and you can make the cake without and it will still be delicious. To begin to get the zest from two lemons, one lemon zest will be used for the cake and the other will be used for the icing. When zesting get the yellow part, not the white part. Also, get the lemon juices from the lemons using a squeezer and jug. In a large bowl add your butter and cream cheese and whip it up until it is nice and smooth using the hand mixer.
Make sure all your ingredients are room temperature. Once the cream cheese and butter are nice and blended add in scrape around sides and then add in your sugar. Blend the sugar and the buttercream cheese mixture until it is nice and blended. Mix it for 2 to 3 minutes until you get a nice consistency. Then go ahead and scrape your bowl down again. Add in your eggs one at a time. The eggs should be room temperature.
Adding the eggs one at a time into the butter helps build the batter and gives it the chance to absorb all the eggs. Mix in the ingredients as you add in your eggs using a hand mixer. Once all the ingredients are incorporated using a wooden spoon to mix it. Then add in the lemon juice and mix to incorporate the lemon juice inside the batter. Make sure it is well blended. Next sift out the cake flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Once done add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients one cup at a time as you mix well to make sure all the ingredients are well mixed.
Use a spatula and scrape down your bowl pushing all those ingredients to the center and keep mixing the batter until it is well incorporated. Once you are finished with the batter add the lemon zest and fold it in. if you add the zest in with the lemon juice it will wrap itself with the beaters. Once well mixed pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and give it a little shake. (Prepare by buttering the pan and flouring it lightly and removing the excess flour.)
Put the cake into a preheated oven of 350F. Bake the cake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted to the center it comes out clean. Once done take it out and place it on a wire rack to cool down. Next in a bowl add in your zest and lemon juice. To the lemon zest and juice add powdered sugar along with milk and mix using a whisk and make sure there are no lumps and set aside to make the icing.
Once the cake is cooled turn it over to a cooling rack and let it cool completely for another 1 hour. Once the cake is cooled pour the icing on top of the cake and let it drip. The pound cake has a great balance between sweet and tart and moisture from the cream cheese.
- 3 to 4 Fresh Whole Lemons
- Zest of 2 Lemons ( ½ for the cake/ ½ for the glaze)
- ¼ Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 3 Sticks (1½ Cups) plus 2 Tablespoons for the bundt pan, Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 8 Ounces (226 grams) Cream Cheese, room temperature
- 2 Cups(400 grams) Granulated Sugar
- 6 Eggs, room temperature
- 3 Cups Cake Flour
- ¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
For the Lemon Glaze:
- 1½ Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Zest 2 of the lemons and use half for the cake batter and the other half for the glaze. Set aside. Squeeze enough juice from all of the lemons for ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon for the glaze and set aside. Sift the cake flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer mix the cream cheese and butter together until creamy and well combined, about a minute or so. Add the sugar and continue to mix until the mixture is light and fluffy about 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape your bowl down with a spatula.
- Add the eggs one at a time while mixing. Mix in the lemon juice. Next, mix in the flour mixture 1 cup at a time and remember to stop once or twice and scrape the bowl down so that all of the batters are well blended. Finally, fold in the zest of 1 lemon using a spatula.
- Butter and flour the inside of the entire cake pan then tap off the excess flour. Pour the batter into the cake pan and then give the pan a little shake to settle the batter. If desired, you can place the cake pan on a cookie sheet on the middle rack of the oven. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20-30 minutes or until a skewer is inserted and comes out clean.
- Once done, allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes and then invert it onto a cooling rack. Let the cake cool completely.
Making the Lemon Glaze
- Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour the glaze over the cake.