Italian Lemon Pound Cake

Looking for a burst of citrusy goodness in a delectable dessert? Look no further than our irresistible Italian Lemon Pound Cake! Bursting with tangy lemon flavor and boasting a moist, tender crumb, this cake is sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection. Follow our step-by-step instructions to create this culinary masterpiece that’s perfect for any occasion.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of 2 lemons (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius). Prepare a bundt pan by generously spraying it with baking spray to prevent sticking.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  5. Mix in the sour cream, buttermilk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  6. Gradually add half of the sifted flour mixture into the butter mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
  7. Pour in the buttermilk and then add the remaining half of the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; it’s okay if a few streaks of flour remain.
  8. Pour the prepared cake batter into the prepared bundt pan, spreading it evenly.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  11. Carefully invert the cake onto a cake platter or serving plate, allowing it to cool completely.

Lemon Glaze:

  1. In a small bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Slowly add in the lemon juice, continuing to beat until the glaze reaches a creamy, smooth consistency.
  3. Spread half of the lemon glaze over the warm cake, allowing it to soak into the cake slightly.
  4. Allow the cake to cool completely, then drizzle the remaining lemon glaze over the top.
  5. Slice and serve your Italian Lemon Pound Cake, and enjoy the delightful citrus flavor with every bite!

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serving Suggestions: Serve slices of Italian Lemon Pound Cake on their own for a delightful dessert or snack. For an extra indulgence, pair with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Fresh berries or a dusting of powdered sugar can add a beautiful touch to each serving.
  2. Presentation: Garnish your cake platter with lemon slices or zest for a decorative touch that enhances the citrus theme of the cake. Dusting the finished cake with a sprinkle of powdered sugar just before serving adds an elegant finishing touch.
  3. Storage: Store any leftover Italian Lemon Pound Cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate the cake for up to a week. Alternatively, you can freeze individual slices or the entire cake for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap and then foil to prevent freezer burn.
  4. Reheating: If serving leftovers or frozen slices, gently warm them in the microwave or oven before serving to restore their soft texture and enhance their flavor. Microwave slices for 15-20 seconds or place them in a preheated oven at 300°F (150°C) for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.
  5. Enjoyment: Whether enjoyed fresh from the oven or reheated, our Italian Lemon Pound Cake is a treat that’s best savored slowly, allowing you to fully appreciate its delicate crumb and vibrant citrus flavor. Share with loved ones or savor a slice with a cup of tea or coffee for a comforting indulgence any time of day.


  1. Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake: Fold fresh or frozen blueberries into the cake batter before pouring it into the bundt pan. The burst of sweet blueberries complements the tangy lemon flavor beautifully.
  2. Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake: Add 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds to the batter for a delightful crunch and visual appeal. The subtle nuttiness of the poppy seeds pairs wonderfully with the lemon zest.
  3. Glazed Lemon Pound Cake: Instead of the creamy lemon glaze, try a simple lemon syrup glaze. Combine 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then brush or drizzle the warm syrup over the cooled cake.
  4. Lemon Coconut Pound Cake: Mix in 1/2 cup of shredded coconut into the batter for a tropical twist. The coconut adds texture and a hint of sweetness that complements the lemon flavor.
  5. Lemon Almond Pound Cake: Replace half of the vanilla extract with almond extract for a subtle almond flavor that pairs beautifully with the lemon. Top the cake with sliced almonds before baking for added crunch and visual appeal.
  6. Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake: Swirl in a layer of lemon-infused cream cheese filling between the layers of batter before baking. To make the filling, beat together 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice until smooth and creamy.
  7. Mini Lemon Pound Cakes: Bake the batter in mini bundt pans or muffin tins for adorable individual-sized treats. Adjust the baking time accordingly, as mini cakes will bake faster than a full-sized bundt cake.


  1. Can I use margarine instead of butter in this recipe? While you can technically substitute margarine for butter, it may affect the flavor and texture of the cake. Butter contributes to the richness and flavor of the cake, so using margarine may result in a slightly different taste and texture.
  2. Can I use regular milk instead of buttermilk? Buttermilk adds a tangy flavor and helps tenderize the crumb of the cake. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make a homemade buttermilk substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for 5-10 minutes before using.
  3. What can I use instead of sour cream? Sour cream adds moisture and richness to the cake. If you don’t have sour cream, you can substitute an equal amount of Greek yogurt or plain yogurt for similar results.

With its vibrant lemon flavor and moist texture, our Italian Lemon Pound Cake is sure to impress your family and friends. Whether served as a dessert for a special occasion or enjoyed as a sweet treat with your afternoon coffee, this cake is guaranteed to be a hit. Give our recipe a try and indulge in the irresistible charm of this classic Italian dessert!