Monday, 4 August 2014

Canadian Lemon Pound Cake : LTU Flour


Hey Ivy! Look what you made me do?  I am baking with lemons for the very first time! And I made lemon glaze for the first time too! Thank you for sharing your Canadian Lemon Pound Loaf which got me hallucinating for days hah..hah...I mean look at the nice texture of your cake and that lemon icing dripping down the sides. Beh tahan liao!

It so happened that my partner picked up 4 lemons for me two Sundays ago. I remember taking a whiff of the lemons before stashing them into the fridge. I love the fresh lemony aroma of lemons. They really perk me up.



The original recipe came from Ivy's Canadian friend. Now, this recipe calls for 1/2 cup (113g) of butter and 1/2 cup (113g) of sour cream. You know me, I have mild OCD. I don't like odd numbers as they represent disorder to me (remember the TV series Monk?). I cannot stand 113 or 112 but 100 or 150 is fine. And I don't like having leftover bits and pieces of ingredients in the fridge.

With that in mind I upped the amount of butter and sour cream to 250g each. That way, I use up the whole block of butter and the whole tub of sour cream. I know. Me bad. 




I expected this cake to be moist with tender crumbs due to the sour cream. And I was quite excited about the lemon glaze as I imagined it to be sweet and sour with loads of lemony aroma. A pound cake is baked in a loaf pan but I wanted a round cake. So a round cake it was. Pound cakes are expected to crack in the middle so I will say that this deep crevice on my cake is excusable :)



I reduced the sugar to make allowance for the lemon glaze which is very sweet. My cake took an hour to bake, with the cake tented at the last 10 minutes to prevent over browning. The smell of lemon and butter was so good! Really a new experience for me and it looks like my partner will have to buy more lemons for me.



I kept the cake aside for one day before icing it. I was quite excited about making the lemon glaze because this is also my first ever lemon glaze. It is very easy, just whisk 1/2 cup of icing sugar with 1.5-2 tablespoons of lemon juice. And what you get is a white runny glaze which is sweet, sour and lemony. And it had me licking my spoon afterwards because it was so nice.



Look at that lemony goodness dripping off the sides of the cake. I cut a small slice for tasting and mmm....this is a really good lemon pound cake. The sweetness of the cake was just nice, very mild and that balanced out the sweet glaze. I reckon that most of  my family members would prefer the cake plain without any glazing. With that in mind, in my next bake, I would increase the amount of sugar slightly and do without the glaze (which I happen to like very much).


It looks like I have found a new favorite ingredient for baking. I guess you will be seeing more lemony bakes from me from now on. Please go to Ivy for the original (and healthier) recipe!










Canadian Lemon Pound Cake
Recipe source : Adapted from Simply Beautiful and Healthy Living

Ingredients :

For the cake :
- 250g butter, at room temperature
-150g sugar (I will put 170g if without the lemon glaze)
- 250ml sour cream, at room temperature
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
-250g self-raising flour, sifted (I sifted 3 times)

For the Lemon Glaze
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice

Method :

For the cake :
1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add eggs one by one and beat until incorporated.
3. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract. And continue to beat until well mixed.
4. Add flour and sour cream alternately with the flour in 3 additions and sour cream in 2 additions.
5. Transfer batter into a greased and lined 8" round pan.
6. Bake at 160C for 1 hour or until skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. (If you find that the top of the cake is already browned before the cake is done, tent it with aluminium foil to prevent over browning).
7. Remove from oven and cool the cake for 10 minutes before unmoulding the cake and allowing it to cool completely on a cooling rack.

For the Lemon Glaze:
1. Whisk icing sugar and lemon juice until you get a smooth white glaze.
2. Pour the glaze over the cooled cake and spread using a spatula.


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This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Diana of Domestic Goddess Wannabe.

55 comments:

  1. The way you described the cake, I could imagine how good it is and my mouth is watering now just thinking of the lemony flavour.

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    1. Hi Veronica! Yes, this cake is really good. A keeper for all lemon lovers!

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  2. OMG, your cakes looks very appetizing and yummy.. Very "hoi wai".. I wonder ahh, what's the difference between pound cake and butter cake.. I asked dad before a long long time ago, dad said a pound cake means every ingredients using one pound measurement.. "tit mm chi hai mai" geh.. Hehehehehe.. The glaze looks very sweet, coz it's just lemon juice and icing sugar, ngam sai ngor, I love sweet stuffs.. It looks like a lemon butter cake to me, but pound cake sounds more canggih, haha..

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    1. Hi Louiz! Essentially pound cake and butter cake is the same thing. From what I read, it is called pound cake because in the olden times the recipe was 1 pound of flour, 1 pound of butter and 1 pound of sugar. It is a very lemony butter cake lah and I think you will like the lemon glaze a lot. Goes really well with the cake. Makes you want to keep eating and eating :)

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  3. wow wow wow!! and I am totally impressed with a dropped jaw!! I love this cake, somemore it's lemon and how I like the tangy and zesty taste of this refreshing fruit.. and I guess with lemon one won't get "jelak" eating the cake at all.. the whole cake with the additional icing looks just so inviting I must say!! great job, but as usual, can only eat and smell virtually here, haha!!

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    1. Hi SK! This cake has very refreshing flavours which comes from the wonderful lemons. Lemons are really heavenly. I am going to bake more lemony stuff in future!

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  4. Sighhhhhh!!!! The one-week school break's over and my resolution to try baking a cake still came to naught. Gotta get down to that one of these days!!!!

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  5. Delicious! I could eat the whole cake! I assume you also increased the flour for this. Sorry I did not go and check out the original recipe.

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    1. I could eat the whole cake with a spoon too! No need cut into triangle slices.. Just scoop from the middle using the spoon..Hahahaha..

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    2. Mun, I kept the flour in the same ratio as the butter. Mine is a richer (as in not so healthy) version because I also added same amount of sour cream. If it is any consolation, the sour cream is the low fat one.

      Louiz, you and your spoon hah..hah...And I know that you will also scoop the lemon glaze :)

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  6. Hi Phong Hong, I'm like you about the figures and mind very much about leftovers,too [think quite wasteful and defeat the purpose of baking/cooking at home]. Thanks for rounding up the quantity and trying it. This is really a lovely cake that I would love to try with or without the glaze. Thanks for all the tipsy . BTW, is there a substitute for sour cream for this recipe?

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    1. Hi Kimmy! You can use yogurt as a substitute, I have done that before in other bakes and it works. Please try this cake as it is very good. Lemony and buttery. If you want a lower fat version, do refer to Ivy's recipe. Even without the lemon glaze, it is still good.

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  7. The cake looks so heavenly delicious especially the glaze. Im a pound cake lover and Im sure I will love this cake to the last bite.

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    1. Hi Mel! Yes, you will love this cake for sure! The lemon glaze adds some glamour to it :)

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  8. Come to grab one piece for my tea break, hehe..

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    1. The lemon glaze is very happening!

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  10. Lemon cake always nice ....sour and sweet ... good to whet up the appetite.

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    1. Hi Chris! Lemon in any kind of bakes is really good. Smell already, feel hungry :)

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  11. The texture looks so so so nice!! I think I gonna try this when I am "free"... free as a bird when I retire.. hahaha... I tried baking butter cakes before.. but not with lemon zest and sour cream.. I think I will love the lemon flavour in the butter cake!

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    1. Hi Claire. Wah, you want to wait so long to bake kah? Can bake when your kids come back for holiday. Got assistant :)

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  12. Hi Phong Hong, thanks for the mention. So glad that you love this cake and your first attempt is excellent. The cake looks so lemony, soft and moist. I especially love the lemon glaze and I had in fact baked this cakes few times for pot luck and have also given to friends! They love it too.

    Yes, I love lemon too and I have also baked cupcakes and buttercake with lemon. Try it and you will love it too. Have yet to post these.

    Do have a nice week ahead and regards :)

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    1. Hi Ivy! Many thanks to you for the motivation to bake this fantastic lemon pound cake! Keep baking and I look forwards to more from you :)

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  13. I want one!

    One whole cake! LOL

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    1. Lina, can, can! You can afford to eat because you will burn up all the calories when you run hee..hee...

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  14. Your pound cake looks very moist, perfect for tea time!

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    1. Hi Hayley! This cake is perfect for teatime. I bet your little Aden will like the lemon glaze :)

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  15. looks really moist
    I am thinking about making a lemon cheesecake, such hot weather somehow fits with lemon flavor for me

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    1. Hi Ola! I am thinking the same thing too! But I will probably do that in two weeks time.

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  16. ooohhh, pound cake with loads of stuff dripping off it. SLURP!!!

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    1. Hi Diana! This is in exchange for your chocolaty drippings! Yum! Yum!

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    2. ANY time Phong Hong! Any time!!

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  17. Gosh ! Again 250g butter ! How am I going to loose those 'sam cham bak' leh? I must tahan ... so I will just have a small mouthful of your delicious lemony butter cake ^-^!

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    1. Hi Karen! hee..hee...can use Ivy's recipe - 113g only!

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  18. WOW... I love the lemon glazing! Can share a slice with me? :D

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    1. Ann, of course! In exchange for a slice of your Nutella Mud Cake!

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  19. Hi Phong Hong,

    You have been a very very naughty girl!!!! You make kind of speechless looking at how moist this cake is... Plus you are killing everyone including with all these dripping lemon glaze.

    Are you naughty or what??? ha ha ha ha...

    Zoe

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    1. Zoe, I was really up to some mischief last weekend. The lemons made me do it! hee..hee..

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  20. Wow! another sinful, moist, butter cake to try! Looks super moist in fact, I would so love this cake but what happens if I eat the whole cake? yikes!

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    1. Hi Jeannie! Don't worry, you won't be able to eat the whole cake. But after the first slice, you will feel like you can eat the whole cake :D

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  21. My daughter baked some lemon muffins last month, and I have to say I really love lemony bakes too! Your description of this cake convinces me that this is a very delicious bake!

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    1. Yen, I also want to try lemon muffins. After this bake I am sold on lemons!

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  22. Hi Phong Hong,
    I'm so glad that you have found a new ingredient in baking! I love, love, lemons! Especially buttery lemon cakes like this! And I always skip the glaze, but not the lemon syrup, when the recipe calls for it. Cakes like this are so good with a cup of tea!

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    1. Hi Joyce! I am loving this cake and lemons! I have been eyeing your lemon curd and you can be sure that I will be making it soon :)

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  23. PHONG HONG!!!! Sampai hati you.....

    The way you 'talked' about the cake, kept me telan air liur at each and every description tau. Huwaaa... malas nak bake at the moment. Makan hati macam ni! Huwaaaa......

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    1. Hello MamaFaMi! Ala...you kan dah makan kek yang best-best masa Raya kan? Have to give your stomach a rest before you can lepas geram on this cake hee..hee...

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  24. i love lemony, citrusy bakes ..and chocolate ones too.. A lot of times i skip the glaze too bcos lazy to do but tell you, it makes quite a difference with and without the glaze. Texture looks great and the way you sound it, i know it must be really good!

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    1. Lena, I love this cake a lot! The smell is really fantastic and though I don't really like things that are too sweet, I love the lemon glaze a lot.

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  25. I'm drooling! Must give this a try since I have few lemon in my refrigerator. Thanks for sharing. (^_^)

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    1. Please try this cake and you must make the lemon glaze. It is an amazing cake and I believe you will love it! Thanks for coming over :)

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  26. I swear that my saliva was coming out when I saw the photos. It is tea time too! I need a hot coffee now and eat this cake. How to download your cake? Muahahahaha

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    1. TM, if only we could download food from our PC that would be great hah..hah...!

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