Friends. We made it.
It’s Day 12 of the Begin with Butter Twelve Days of Pound Cake Holiday Event, and when I say I am flabbergasted at the response from you all so far?
I’m over the moon, confounded and grateful. So grateful for the wholeheartedly sweet responses, and so impressed by the cakes that I’ve seen online! You all are doing it! Your holiday tables are going to be so blessed!
Today, for the grande finale, I present to you:
The Lemon Meringue Pound Cake.
This one is dedicated to my amazing hubby. Through the tart and the sweet of marriage, he’s been quietly steadfast, loyal and loving. When I create tumult (which I am known to do), he’s the steadying presence. When I am dramatic and over-the-top, he’s the bedrock.
Whether he’s rehoming a snake from our driveway late at night for me with an empty Ronzoni pasta box (I’m petrified of snakes but can’t stand to see them hurt or killed), boogie boarding with me on red/yellow flag days (ouch), building me a beautiful garden for much-needed R&R, or laughing with our babies and dogs on Saturday mornings, he’s my heart.
I’m sure I dance on all of his nerves at times. Just tip-tap-tapping away with my antics. But he barely reacts. It’s miraculous, really.
We’re a good match. And of all of the cakes in this event, he loved this one most.
About this Cake
Let’s get into this cake Family. There are layers and layers of lemon in this cake. From the lemon zest in the batter to the lemon curd swirl, to the lemon simple syrup, this Lemon Meringue Pound Cake is THAT CAKE. Because the goal is always balance, I wanted the lemon to be powerful but nuanced. And this cake achieves that on many levels when it’s done right.
The contrasting textures (from the perfect sponge of the cake to the smoothness of the curd to the airiness of the caramelized meringue) must be experienced to be believed.
For the lemon curd, I used this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, Cheryl at Bakes by Brown Sugar. Her recipe is pitch perfect for flavor, texture and aroma, and the recipe itself wonderfully-written in a way that can make even first-time curd makers brilliantly successful. I use her lemon curd recipe exclusively and have never had anything but consistent success. It’s a grand slam in this cake.
The lemon curd recipe, as written, makes more than double what you’ll need for this cake. But I still made the full recipe anyway, since lemon curd is so versatile and I always find uses for it in my kitchen.
May you love this cake as much as my husband does.
Beginners Start Here
If you’re new to baking, or if your stand mixer is covered in dust, here are a couple of articles from the BwB site that will help you get off to a great start with this recipe!
- Meet Your Kitchen BFF–Your Digital Kitchen Scale!
- Technique Tips for the Best Pound Cakes (& Big News!)
- How to Cream Butter and Sugar (With New Video!)
- Baking 101: How to Measure Ingredients
- The Best Tools for Perfect Pound Cakes
- Knowing When to Stop a Technique
These resources are never mandatory reading, but they are super useful to help you understand the techniques that you’ll need to successfully execute this amazing cake. Happy Reading!
Important Tools Used in this Recipe
Below, you’ll find some tools that I used for this pound cake, as well as all of the pound cakes in this event. They’re what I use in my kitchen for just about everything that I bake. **I get paid a small commission if you purchase directly from some of these links, but they are truly amazing products that you’ll find in my kitchen.**
If you have them already, great! Think of this as a checklist to help you build the confidence that you’ll need to execute this recipe!
- Oven Thermometer
- Digital Food Scale
- KitchenAid Hand Mixer
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer (not an affiliate link)
- Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set
- OXO Spatula Set
Friends, I present to you, the recipe for The Lemon Meringue Pound Cake!Print
Friends, I have felt all of the emotions during these last twelve days. But none more than utter gratitude for your support. I am so proud of every pound cake in this lineup, and I can’t wait to see your interpretations this holiday season and beyond!
Happy baking! À bientôt!
Check out the Other Pound Cakes from the BwB Twelve Days of Pound Cake Holiday Event!
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