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Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Icing

Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Icing

  • Author: Lindsey via The Plain Chicken and the The All-American Dessert Book by Nancy Baggett
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


There is nothing artificial in this Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Icing. The cake is moist and the strawberry icing is out of this world!



For the Cake:

  • 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)

Fresh Strawberry Icing: 

  • 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


For the Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour your pans. This recipe makes either one large Bundt pan or two large loaf pans.
  2. Sift Flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Add the lemon juice and zest. Mix well. It might look curdled. Don’t worry here either.
  6. 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 CLF.
  7. 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?

For the Icing:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60

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