Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Icing

Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry IcingHappy 4th of July!!! Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. I can’t help but reflect on the courage, vision and fortitude it took to make this Country the paragon of freedom and democracy that it is today. As a Daughter of the American Revolution I feel particularly proud to have ancestors who played an integral part in fighting for our freedom. On July 4th I’m overcome with this sense of pride, which is precisely how you’ll feel after making and serving this Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Icing.

Proud that there isn’t a crumb left over and all your guests are raving about how moist and flavorful it was. The lemon is subtle and the strawberry icing just takes the cake to that next flavor level. It’s a celebration in and of itself.

Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry IcingAnother thing I love about this Lemon Pound Cake is that there isn’t a drop of unnatural flavoring or coloring. The pale yellow cake is tinted by lemon, and the sweet, strawberry icing is flavored and colored by fresh strawberries. Warning: You are going to want to eat this icing on EVERYTHING.Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Icing

We The People demand more of this cake!

Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry IcingSpeaking of having more of this lemon pound cake – I couldn’t get this cake out of the house fast enough! It was so good that I knew if it stuck around, I would eat it all (and, rest assured, I’ve already eaten enough!) They don’t call it Pound Cake because it’s fat free. And we all know what the Wedding Fairy would have to say about that [Hint: it would be snarky].


Lemon Pound Cake

Found via The Plain Chicken

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon salt

3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup shortening, room temperature

5 large eggs

1 cup whole milk (no skimping!)

6 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh squeezed, please!)

1 extra large lemon, zested (~3/4 teaspoon)


Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour your pans. This recipe makes either one large Bundt pan or two large loaf pans.

Sift Flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Cream butter, shortening and sugar until the mixture comes together and it is not longer lumpy or clumpy. Add eggs one at a time, beating just until incorporated.

Add flour mixture in three additions alternating with milk, starting and ending with flour (yes, this is important). Don’t worry if your batter appears curdled after adding the milk. It’s all good. Mix after each addition only until just blended.

Add the lemon juice and zest. Mix well. It might look curdled. Don’t worry here either.

Working quickly, pour batter into prepared pans until they are a little more than ¾ full. If you dilly-dally (like I did with my mini loaves) they will fall, and then they will look sad, and we don’t tolerate sad here at AHC.

Bake cakes until tester comes out with only a few crumbs attached. Approximately 55 minutes for a large Bundt pan and 35 minutes for small pans. I personally would start testing my large Bundt cake after 35 minutes because I abhor dry cakes. Seriously, who wants that?

Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Icing

Fun Fact! In the days of our forefathers, these cakes were called pound cakes because the ingredients were measured by the pound. Ingredients for cupcakes were measured by the cup.

Fresh Strawberry Icing

The All-American Dessert Book by Nancy Baggett [Apropos, no?]

1 cup strawberries, at room temperature

½ teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

4 cups powdered sugar, divided

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft but not melted

1 ½ tablespoons light corn syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Sift your powdered sugar after measuring and set it aside. Coarsely chop the hulled strawberries.

Add strawberries, ¼ cup powdered sugar, and lemon zest to a food processor. Process until the strawberries are completely pureed. Using a wooden spoon, press as much of the strawberry mixture through a fine sieve as possible. Discard seeds.

Stir the butter, corn syrup and vanilla extract into the strawberry juice. If you can’t quite figure out how to incorporate softened butter into the juice, don’t fret. I stuck mine in the microwave on level 2 and nuked it in 10 second increments until I could stir it all together and I didn’t see any butter pieces. No one wants those.

Stir the remaining powdered sugar into the strawberry mixture. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add a tablespoon of water.

Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry IcingLemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry IcingLemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Icing


  1. Lelia says

    YUM!!! Love your patriotism & thank you for calling it ‘Independence Day’ – not just July 4th – we must cherish what the day celebrates, not just the date. Each generation must fight to preserve our liberty.

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Of course! I believe it’s our responsibility to teach our children that our ancestors fought hard for the freedoms we take for granted every day. Obviously you already did that 😉

  2. says

    This looks soooo GOOD!!!

  3. says

    Woo~ looks so good and Purdy! I love how moist it looks. Strawberry and lemon flavors mesh so well together. Yummy!

    Wow…your ancestors were in this country since its founding days? I don’t think I have ever met a descendent of one of the first Americans. Fascinating!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Oh it is good…and it stayed moist for 3 days (maybe longer but that is when the last crumb was eaten)!

      I think it’s pretty cool and kind of crazy that we can trace our ancestry back hundreds of years. My Grandmother did all the heavy-lifting in the research department. She’s inspiring.

  4. says

    This is so beautiful, it almost seems a shame to eat it. Almost.
    Thanks for the recipe – it’s on tap for this weekend.

  5. Stephanie says

    My cake is over flowing all in the oven!!!! Now it’s kinda smoky! Help what should I do? Will it stop? Omg all those ingredients!!!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Oh my goodness! I hope it stopped. I have definitely done that before (not with this recipe but when testing new recipes) and it is such a pain. Next time that happens you can put a piece of tin foil in the rack underneath to at least catch the spillover before it burns. The part that stayed in the pan should still taste good!

    • Lindsey says

      Slowly!!!! That way you can see where it is going and you can adjust where you are pouring and the flow. The key is also to make sure your icing is a good consistency – if it is too thin it will just run all over and won’t make pretty drips. If you start pouring and it’s too thin, stop and either let it sit to thicken or add more powdered sugar. If you let it sit, put a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface so it doesn’t crystalize.

  6. Jaime says

    This is by far the best recipe I have ever made on Pinterest! Instead of putting all the lemon I added a packet of vanilla powder, it was a hit! Thank you for this gem!!!!!

  7. Danielle says

    I’m trying to make this dairy free because of allergies. Can the whole milk be replaced with almond milk or something?

    • Lindsey says

      Hi Danielle, I’ve never tried substituting the milk with almond milk, but you can certainly try. Butter is also a dairy, so you would need to replace that with a dairy-free option as well. Good luck!

      • says

        There is a vegan butter called Earth Balance that works the same as normal butter and easy to find in most stores. Sometimes using a different milk can kill the whole thing though. Almond milk work well with this recipe. The cake was very moist still. I had to cook it for about 10 minutes longer but that very well could have just been my oven. It was requested that I make it again already so I guess it was a hit.

  8. Pam says

    Is the amount of baking powder correct. 1 Tablespoon sounds a bit much. I’ve never used more than 1, 1-1/2 teaspoon. Just checking before I make it. Looks really yummy!!

    • Lindsey says

      Hi Pam! It does seem like a lot but I just double checked the original recipe and it is 1 tablespoon. The key with a dense pound cake is not over-creaming the butter and sugar. Don’t skip the strawberry icing! It is one of my favorites to this day! Happy baking!

  9. Carolyn says

    Hi, planning on baking this cake…can I substitute the shortening for something else? Also can I substitute the corn syrup for something else or just omit it altogether? Thanks!

    • Lindsey says

      Hi Carolyn! You can use butter for the shortening and just omit the corn syrup in the icing. You might need to add a bit more sugar and a bit of water to get it to the right consistency. Happy baking!


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