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Triple Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake

Triple Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake is perfumed with lemon 3 ways. Fresh lemon zest, fresh lemon juice and pure lemon extract join forces with tangy Greek yogurt for a burst of fresh flavor! This is a great pound cake with an even crumb and melt in your mouth texture.

A perfect pound cake is one of my favorite baked treats. A really great pound cake should have an even crumb with a melt-in-your-mouth texture and buttery flavor.

This is a really great pound cake with big, bold lemony flavor. Greek yogurt tenderizes the cake with added fat and gluten-fighting acidity.

So why add lemon three different ways?

The juice has the wonderful tang we associate with lemon flavor. Glazing the warm cake with fresh lemon syrup gives a tart-sweet pop of flavor in every bite of cake.

The zest is where you find the lemon perfume, because that’s where the oils are. If we use just the juice we get the tang without the perfume. If we use just the zest we get the perfume, but none of the zippy acidity.

For the third addition of lemon flavor, I add pure lemon extract. I have a favorite lemon extract that has a very special floral flavor that I adore. But any good lemon extract will add a layer of floral lemon flavor.

The juice, zest and extract add up to a complex and deep lemon flavor.

Scroll through the step by step photos to see how to make Triple Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake:

a measuring cup filled with eggs, yogurt and lemon zest and a sifter over a mixing bowl filled with flour
1. Mix the eggs and 1/2 the yogurt with the extracts and lemon zest. 2. Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
three photos showing the steps for mixing lemon yogurt pound cake.
1. Cream the butter and 1/2 the yogurt into the dry ingredients. 2. Add the egg mixture. 3. The batter should be smooth and quite thick.
two side by side photos showing pound cake before and after baking.
1. Spread the batter in the prepared loaf pan. Make a groove down the center of the batter, this is where the cake will split. 2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
two photos showing how to glaze pound cake with lemon syrup
1. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, brush it with the lemon syrup. 2. Leave the cake in the pan until the syrup is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Here are some other pound cake recipes for you to try:

It took months of baking hundreds of pounds cakes to create my incredibly popular vanilla Pound Cake recipe. If you’re a baking geek like me, you can read all about how I adjusted the ingredient percentages in this comprehensive post about creating a great cake recipe.

I have also created a comprehensive “Cake Batter Course” which explains step by step and ingredient by ingredient how I created a great pound cake recipe by adapting the “original” recipe. If you’re interested, over 7 classes you can learn all about the ingredients and mixing methods for cake batter.

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Triple Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake

Triple Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Triple Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake is perfumed with fresh lemon zest and enhanced with tangy yogurt! This is a great pound cake with an even crumb and melt in your mouth texture.

Ingredients

Cake Batter

  • 3 large eggs plus 2 yolks, room temp 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon real lemon extract
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 112g) full fat Greek yogurt, room temp
  • 1 3/4 cups (8 oz, 225 g) cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 oz, 285 g) granulated sugar 
  • 2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons (9 oz, 255g) unsalted butter, room temp 

Lemon Syrup

  • 1/4 cup (4 oz, 120ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (4 oz, 112g) sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to at 350°F. Butter and flour a 9"x5" loaf pan or 12 cup Bundt pan.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks, vanilla, lemon extract, lemon zest and half the yogurt. Set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar to the flour and mix at low speed for 30 seconds. With the mixer running on low speed, add the butter to the flour and mix until combined. Add the other 1/2 of the yogurt and increase the speed to medium high. Mix for a full 2-3 minutes. The batter will lighten in color and texture. If your using a hand mixer add another minute or two to the mixing time.
  4. Scrape the bowl and paddle thoroughly. On low speed, add the egg mixture in 3 increments, scraping the bowl after each addition.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth to an even layer. Use the tip of the spatula to form a groove down the center of the batter. This is where the pound cake will split.
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (about 55-65 minutes).
  7. While the cake is baking make the syrup. Combine the lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat until the sugar is melted and the syrup begins to boil. Let the syrup simmer for 30 seconds then turn off the heat. Set aside until the cake is ready.
  8. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, brush the syrup over the top of the cake. Let the cake cool 20-30 minutes, or until all the syrup is absorbed, before removing from the pan.
  9. Cool completely in a wire rack before slicing. The flavor gets better if the syrup has several hours or a day to absorb into the cake.

Notes

If you can't use Greek yogurt another type will work. Greek yogurt is quite thick. If the yogurt you are using is thin, drain it through a double layer of cheesecloth for several hours to thicken.

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Erin I O'Connell

Saturday 10th of April 2021

If I prefer not to use lemon extract, how can I adjust the recipe through lemmon juice/zest?

Eileen Gray

Sunday 11th of April 2021

You can just leave it out or use the zest of another lemon in the batter.

Jesse-Gabriel

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Perfekter Frühlings - Kuchen, frisch, saftig, Zitronig und lecker! Viele Grüße, Jesse-Gabriel

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