Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake
Adapted from Everyday Food Magazine, May 2006
Makes one 12-cup Bundt or two 4 ½ x 8-inch loaf pans

3 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
Zest of 2 lemons
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
¾ cup buttermilk
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
½ teaspoon lemon extract

4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Zest of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon lemon extract
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter and flour one 12-cup bundt pan or two 4 ½ x 8-inch loaf pans; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, stir together buttermilk and lemon juice; set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, and lemon zest until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Add lemon extract and stir to combine.
4. Add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat until just combined.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. (Cover top with foil if the top is browning too quickly.) Cool 15 minutes in the pan. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely before glazing.
6. Make glaze: In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add zest and lemon extract and beat until combined. Add in confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth. Add heavy cream, a tablespoon at a time, until the glaze reaches the desired consistency. Spread on cooled cake.

*I topped my cake with candied lemon slices, which are super simple to make: Slice lemons into very thin slices with a sharp knife or a mandolin. Remove and discard any seeds. Place equal parts granulated sugar and water into a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Add lemon slices in a single layer. When mixture boils again, remove from heat and let stand until it cools to room temperature. Then remove the lemon slices and place on a wire rack to dry completely.

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