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Lemon Pound Cake

2 sticks unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon, at room temperature

1½ cups, plus 1 tablespoon cake flour

2 tablespoons lemon zest

1¼ cups sugar

4 large eggs

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup sour cream


Lemon Glaze:

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon lemon zest

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Adjust the oven rack to the center position, and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Grease a 9”x5” loaf pan with 1 tablespoon of butter, and dust with 1 tablespoon of the cake flour, tapping out excess.


Place the butter and lemon zest in a small saucepan set over a low heat. Gently melt the butter, whisking constantly. Set aside. Combine the sugar, eggs, and lemon juice in the bowl of a standing mixer. Use the whip attachment to beat the sugar, eggs, and lemon juice on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Reduce the speed to low, and in a slow and steady stream, pour the melted butter and lemon zest into the bowl. Sift remaining 1 ½ cups cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Add the sifted flour mixture in three stages to the wet ingredients in the bowl of the stand mixer. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure an evenly blended batter. Mix the batter just until blended, add the ½ cup of sour cream, and mix to blend.


Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake the cake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F, and continue to bake the cake until a deep golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into its center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Be sure to rotate the pan once after 20 minutes of baking. Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and continue to cool it on the rack until just warm. Pour the glaze over the cake while just warm.


Lemon Glaze:

Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a medium bowl. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Pour the glaze over the pound cake while the cake is still warm.

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