Have you ever had a bite of cake that makes you groan with joy and satisfaction? I know you know what I am talking about. You take one bite, and it throws open its arms of dessert love beckoning you to eat more. I’m telling you that you can’t stop with just one bite; you have to have it all! This is one of those cakes. A Meyer lemon pound cake that will change your life.
I can appreciate a generous slice of chocolate cake, especially if it’s topped with peanut butter frosting. I am cool with a traditional yellow cake and chocolate frosting. But, if you want to make my heart flutter it’s with a slice of lemon cake. Citrus desserts make me weak in the knees and all swoony.
If you visit here regularly, you’re probably thinking, “This woman gets all swoony over everything!” And, you know what? You are pretty much right. I love all food, which is why I am a food blogger with a little extra junk in the trunk. Call it an occupational hazard. Which is why I am busting my tail four times a week at Zumba class crying for my mama. It’s also why I walked an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill to burn enough calories for a bowl of chocolate Chex with almond milk the other day. Apparently I am motivated by food. So embarrassing!
Meyer lemons are gems because they have a beautiful balance of sweetness and tart. And, in my humble opinion make the best lemon cakes. Keep your eyes peeled next time you’re at the grocery store for Meyer lemons. While I was at the store yesterday, buying toothpaste, I spied a beautiful bag of Meyer lemons and had to bring them home. This is my typical MO, walking in for toothpaste leave with fresh produce, lamb chops, and French butter.
So, back to this freaking amazing cake! There is Meyer lemon everywhere in every inch of this cake. There is zest in the cake, a Meyer lemon syrup, and a Meyer lemon glaze. Meyer lemon is coming at you from all sides like little bright yellow ninjas. Although bright yellow ninjas would defeat the whole idea of a ninja, but you know what I mean.
Look into the crumb of this cake and its dripping glaze. You know you want some! It’s so tender and soft. Meyer lemon pound cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch or tea time. OMG! This would be amazing with a cup of tea! I think my lid just flipped. Dang it! Now I must have another slice with a cup of tea. Right after I walk for an hour.
Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Pound Cake
Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 5 - 6 Meyer lemons, zested and juiced, divided*
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup juice from juiced Meyer lemons*
- 1 cup powder sugar
- 2 tablespoons from juice Meyer lemons*
Sherry Pauline Hamilton says
I absolutely loved this cake recipe! I didn’t make it exactly as written because of allergy substitutions. I was concerned it wouldn’t work, but it turned out amazing!!
The cake sounds divine, reading the recipe I could almost feel a tart-sweet tingle in my mouth. ? However, we don’t let Meyer lemons where I live, in fact we don’t get lemons, only lime. Can I use those instead?
I haven’t tried it with limes but I think it should work. You could also try orange. If you do please come back and let me know how it went.
Maria Armstrong says
Se ve divino, mañana se lo hago a mis hijos!!
Me encantan tus recetas!!
is it Light Oilive oil or Extra Virgin?
Looks heavenly! Nettie