Thursday, March 3, 2011

M: Pound Cake Two Ways

So I made pound cake…I made 2 pound cakes actually. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to make, I found these two recipes and they both sounded so fantastic. So instead of making a painstakingly hard decision I decided to indulge myself =)

It’s spring-like weather here in Charleston, which means spring is coming, which means I want something tropically-tasting. So, naturally a coconut lemon pound cake and a key lime pound cake just sounded like perfection.


Seriously…I can’t describe how good these pound cakes are. I actually used Meyer lemons in the coconut lemon cake, which made it a little sweeter than a normal lemon would. Both turned out wonderfully – the flavors weren’t overwhelming to the pound cake at all.

Ok, I gotta get to this, for real…The steps are for the coconut lemon cake, but the key lime is essentially the same just with different fruit additions!

Coconut Lemon Pound Cake

from Southern Living

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/3 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups AP flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp lemon zest (I used Meyer lemons)

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, divided

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat butter at medium speed in an electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Stir together flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended each time. Stir in lemon zest and 1/2 cup coconut.


Pour into a greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.


Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Cool in pan for about 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Spoon lemon glaze over top and sprinkle with remaining coconut.


Lemon Glaze

2 cups confectioners sugar

2-3 TB milk

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Add additional small amounts of milk to icing for desired consistency. (I went with right at 3 TB)


For the Key Lime Pound cake, just go here. The only change I made was cutting the recipe in half and creating another loaf instead of using a tube pan like the recipe calls for.


If you wanted to make the coconut lemon pound cake into a larger cake, just double the recipe and use a tube pan instead of a loaf pan.


P.S. Don’t forget about Itzy’s baked goods giveaway!! Just go to Erica’s previous post for the details. You have until this Saturday at noon to enter!


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Coconut lemon?! That flavor sounds amazing. I think I need to make one.

Gen said...

Yum!!! Both of those sound awesome....especially the coconut-lemon pound cake!

Pound said...

i have been craving pound cake the last two days!! this is the perfect post!

mama tootie used to make chocolate pound cake, did you ever have it?

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

Oh wow, both of those sound so good!!! So happy spring is finally on its way too, bring on the warmer weather! :)

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

These both sound amazing, and really summer-y!!! Yum!

Unknown said...

ooh you're definitely putting me in a citrusy mood!! now if only we had some warmer weather...

brandi said...

oh no :) You are fueling my pound cake obsession!!! I just made a cookies'n'cream one that was amazing, but that coconut one sounds SO dreamy!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Wow I wouldn't be able to pick between the 2 either! Mmmm can I come over for a piece :)

Anonymous said...

I love pound cake. I'm going to try the coconut lemon - it sounds divine!

Annie said...

oh man glaze on pound cake? how decadent and delicious!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Pound cake is the BEST! Buttermilk, lemon, strawberry, 7-seven. no matter how you make it its just so southern and comforting! Love your pics girl!

Jenn @ Frost Bites said...

The coconut, lemon pound cake has all the ingredients I like....must try. Thanks for sharing.

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

This is so awesome! TWO pound cakes and both of them sound to die for...seriously they look amazing.

I can't believe you used to hate peas! For some reason I have always loved all veggies, my taste for how they are cooked has definitely changed over the years though!

I hope your March has started out well :-)

Allison said...

I cant keep pound cake in my house. I will eat the entirw thing in one sitting no joke!

Natalie said...

um YUM. glad to hear it's spring-like weather in charleston bc we'll be there in 2 weeks!!!

Laural (bhealthier) said...

ah i cant tell you how many times I have made the southern living lemon pound cake- not the coconut kind tho- I actually started making it gluten free and did it so many times, I could prob do it in my sleep.
Its such a good recipe! Love it!

LOVE the key lime idea- omg- i must try it! have a good weekend!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Yum! I love the glaze on those cakes. They look fantastic :)