Lemon Pound Cake

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Give me cake for breakfast or give me death! –Patrick Henry, probably.

You can take your chia-infused green juices and smug superiority at the fact that you go to morning SoulCycle while meanwhile, I haven’t routinely exercised since 11th grade gym class, elsewhere. Forget what Jennifer Aniston would have you believe: the secret to starting your day off right is cake, not expensive water that may or may not feature an electrolyte.

I have many principles I refuse to waver on. One is that crocs will ultimately be the downfall of civilized society. Another is that there is no meal not exponentially improved by the addition of a cake.

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So here we have it: lemon pound cake, a breakfast-approved (at least at by Starbucks) dessert perfect to balance out your morning coffee and that one time you went on the elliptical for 20 mins last Wednesday. Go ham!

If light and airy cakes are your thing, I can’t help you. I’m much more into the decadent variety starring enough dairy and sugar to make Dr. Oz shed a tear, and this lemon pound cake is just that.

Unlike pound cakes lacking in flavour, there is no shortage of lemony goodness in this bad boy. It’s not overpoweringly citrusy nor is it sickeningly sweet. If you have powdered sugar at the ready to make a glaze, go for it; I didn’t, but next time I definitely will to add extra flavour that seeps into the cake.

Plus everyone knows a good glaze-drizzle-action-shot is Instagram gold. Priorities, ladies!

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You Will Need

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cups Greek yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease and flour a loaf tin.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Sift the remaining dry ingredients together and set aside. Whisk together the yoghurt, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  4. Beat the eggs into the butter mixture one at a time.
  5. Add the flour and yoghurt mixtures into the butter mixture, alternating each time. Whisk in the lemon zest.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for around 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.

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  1. OMG This looks amazing! I am craving a good pound cake right now!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  2. Girl, I don’t know where to start! One, that “Patrick Henry, probably” quote made me laugh out loud. Two, crocs definitely need to go extinct. Three, that cake looks SO good! Definitely need to try!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  3. Yum, this sounds so good! I’ll definitely have to bookmark it for next time I’m feeling like baking. Thanks for sharing!
    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  4. This should SO good right now!!

  5. This cake looks so yummy! I’ll definitely have to try this!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  6. “One is that crocs will ultimately be the downfall of civilized society” OH MY GOD I’M DYING I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Hahaha also this recipe looks so incredible I might collapse from swooning. Totally whipping this up sometime soonishly.

    Stephanie | shesawstyle.com

  7. This looks so good! I want to try it.

    xoxo, Jenny

  8. I love baking and finding new recipes, and this one looks like a keeper!

    xoxo A

  9. Looks SO good! Def trying this soon. XO, Nicole // http://www.empirestyles.com

  10. My mouth is literally watering! So delicious. I love a good pound cake 🙂


  11. This looks delicious! I was thinking the other day that one of the best parts of being an adult is that you can decide to have cake or ice cream for breakfast if you want too ;)!

    The Blush Blonde

  12. That looks absolutely delicious! I love lemon flavoured cakes, they are so sweet and light!

    La Belle Sirene 

  13. This looks super delicious! Definitely saving to make later!


  14. I love lemon, and I love pound cake, so I think I’d love this recipe! Sounds delicious!

  15. I love, love, love lemon pound cake. I also love that you have officially made it okay to eat for breakfast! 😉

  16. Looks absolutely delicious and what lovely photos! Cake/pastries with coffee is a guilty pleasure for me, but one I have to indulge in at least once a week.

    xx http://cozynewyorkcity.com/


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