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Meyer Lemon Pound Cake with Citrus Syrup


Dessert Recipes

Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Meyer lemons are beautiful fruit. Originating in China, Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between lemons and Mandarin oranges. They are slightly sweeter than regular lemons. They work great in this delicious pound cake.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • * * * * For the cake * * * *
  • 4 Meyer lemons
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • * * * * For the citrus syrup * * * *
  • 2 Meyer lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350º F. Butter a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan.

Make the Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Suprême the lemons: First grate the zest of 4 Meyer lemons into a bowl. Cut the tops and bottoms off the lemons. Place the cut end onto a cutting board and, following the curve of the lemon, slice off the remaining outer peel and pith. Over the bowl with the zest, cut the segments away from the membrane and let flesh fall into bowl. Remove any seeds and squeeze all the juice you can out of the fruit into the bowl. Use a fork to break the lemon into smaller chunks.

Place the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and lemon juice mixture. Blend for 1 minute. It will look curdled but that's ok.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Mix together.

Add all the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Gently beat together until the flour in just incorporated. Don't overmix.

Transfer to loaf pan and place in oven. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Check on the cake occasionally and if it's getting too brown, place a piece of foil over the top. Remove from oven and let cool in pan. After 30-45 minutes, run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn the cake out onto a rack to finish cooling.

Make the Citrus Syrup:

In a small sauce pot, add the Meyer lemon juice, sugar, butter and salt. Bring to a simmer. Stir until sugar dissolves, then remove from heat.

Poke some holes in the top of the pound cake with a skewer. Drizzle the citrus syrup over the cake. You can refrigerate any left over syrup in a covered container.

To serve: Let the cake cool completely before cutting. Slice into 1-inch thick pieces. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, jam, or fresh berries.

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