Making Italian Lemon Pound Cake

A Bite of Italian Lemon Pound Cake

A bite of Italian lemon pound cake is unforgettable. Making Italian Pound Cake is even better! The cake’s moist texture and citrus flavor will have you hooked after the first bite. If you are a lemon lover, this lemon pound cake is the ultimate dessert.

While you can get the cake from a master baker, it is more fun to prepare it yourself. Furthermore, preparing the cake yourself allows you to control the intensity of the flavors. You can also give it your signature touch, like adding some of your favorite ingredients to make it unique.

You don’t have to worry about making this cake because the ingredients are readily available. Moreover, the baking process is straightforward, as you will learn later in this piece. Read the following sections to discover more about this delicious cake.   

Italian lemon pound cake on cutting board with knife, milk and lemons beside - The Proud Italian

Why Italian Lemon Pound Cake is Bellissimo!

Some lemon desserts have an overwhelming lemon flavor that would leave you puckered up if you took a bite. With the right Italian lemon pound cake recipe, you wouldn’t worry about that. The result is an excellent blend of sweet and tart, making it pucker-free.

A simple trick is to make the cake a day before serving it. It tastes better when served the following day. You can serve this cake at a wedding shower, baby shower or enjoy it on a serene summer evening. Whatever the occasion, you can be rest assured this lemon pound cake will not let you down!

Describing This Dessert to a Friend

How would you describe the Italian lemon pound cake to a friend? You see, this is not just another Italian cake; it is unique. In fact, we can dare say this is the only lemon cake recipe you will ever need because it is unmatched.

The hallmark of this Italian lemon bundt cake is its moist texture and rich citrus aroma. One bite into this delicious cake, and you will surrender your cake life to the Italian lemon pound cake. Besides that, it is straightforward to make.

Italian lemon pound cake cut in half and a couple of lemons beside - The Proud Italian

The Best Italian Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Do you have a secret lemon pound cake recipe? Are you a fan of Italian cakes? Let’s just say today is your lucky day! In this section, you will discover how to make a lemon cake from scratch.

This is a fantastic moist lemon cake recipe that you can use at home. The ingredients are also readily available. Please, don’t just read it; the fun is in trying it out! You will not regret it.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, minced
  • Zest of 2 lemons (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Sieve the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt and put aside. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until it becomes light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in the lemon juice, ginger, sour cream, vanilla, and lemon zest.
  2. Mix half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Add the buttermilk to the mixture, followed by the remaining flour mixture. Mix until the flour disappears. Pour the cake batter into a bundt pan generously sprinkled with baking spray.
  3. Bake for up to 80 minutes. You will know your cake is ready if when you insert a knife in the center of the cake, and it comes out clean.
  4. Remove the cake from your oven and let it cool for 5 minutes, then turn it over on a cake platter. Spread the lemon glaze over the warm cake for the glaze to soak into the cake. After the cake has cooled completely, sprinkle the lemon cream cheese frosting over the cake.
Making Italian Lemon Pound Cake served on a plate with a fork - The Proud Italian

Lemon Glaze


  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, at room temperature


  1. Whip the powdered sugar and lemon juice together and mix until the lemon icing glaze is smooth.  

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Mix all the ingredients together until smooth and buttery.

Here are some interesting suggestions you can apply to make the end result more interesting:

  • You can add 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger to the cake batter. This helps to give the cake’s lemon flavor a little kick.
  • You can also consider omitting the butter from the glaze. Butter is usually unpredictable and can go sour. Just brush the glaze on your warm Italian cake, then after it cools down, sprinkle the lemon cream cheese frosting over the cake.

You can use many other suggestions to improve this recipe and make your Italian lemon cake unique. However, always remember that too much of something is not always a good thing. Whatever you decide to do, please don’t overdo it. Could you keep it simple and tasty?

Italian Lemon Pound Cake in baking cast on cutting board with ingredients in bowls around the cake - The Proud Italian


If you thought the Italians are known for their pasta and coffee alone, you thought wrong. The Italians also have a delicious cake recipe the world can enjoy. There is cake, and then there is the Italian lemon pound cake.   

Take your time and try out this simple recipe, and your cake life will never be the same. The beauty of this Italian lemon pound cake is that you can serve it on various occasions, for instance, birthdays, weddings, or family dinners.

Feel free to add a few tweaks to the recipe to give it a personal touch. Apart from the suggestions shared here, you can try any other trick you have. I hope you enjoy your first Italian cake when you try the recipe shared in this article. Goditi la tua torta!

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