Vanilla Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Here's a delicious vanilla lemon pound cake recipe that is bursting with flavor and so delicious! It's made mostly of sour cream so it's also a very moist and soft.

Vanilla Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe - moist, flavorful and delicious!

Vanilla Lemon Pound Cake Recipe – From the Kitchen of my Grandmother

This is a very special cake recipe that my maternal grandmother, Marion used to make! She was such a talented cook, baker, and seamstress. She was loved and adored in our family and we love keeping her memory alive by making some of her best recipes. I think of her everytime I make this cake, which is usually for birthdays!

This pound cake recipe quite the crowd pleaser! When I make it, nearly everyone comes back for seconds! One of these days I'll start making two cakes so that my family has leftovers! Isn't leftover cake one of life's greatest small joys? Work hard once, and enjoy it over and over again. Even if that means I enjoy it by myself, standing in the laundry room – LOL.

Shhhh… Sour Cream is the Secret Ingredient!

The high sour cream content in the pound cake recipe makes it very creamy and moist. I highly recommend using full fat butter and sour cream for this cake. The fats help to make the cake delicious sturdy as well, and they balance out the sugar, both nutritionally and in taste.

Vanilla Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Vanilla Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

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A delicious and moist vanilla lemon pound cake recipe that's a crowd pleaser!

  • Author: Sara McFall


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream (I use the full fat one, not low fat)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil or 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • Extra butter or coconut oil to grease the pan
  • Standing Mixer or a Hand Mixer
  • 10-inch bundt cake pan


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the flour and baking soda together in a bowl. In another bowl or a standing mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Then add the flour and sour cream alternatively. Add the vanilla and lemon juice or essential oil. Pour batter into a 10-inch tube pan that has been greased and floured. Bake for approximately one hour or until the top has brown and a knife inserted comes out clean.

A standing mixer works best for this sour cream pound cake recipe

Use a Standing Mixer or a Hand Mixer

This vanilla lemon pound cake recipe turns out much better when you use a standing mixer (here's my favorite one) or a hand mixer (here's my favorite one). This way the batter comes out nice and smooth.

Kids in the Kitchen - Ella helping me make a cake

Grab Your Favorite Cutie Pie to Come Help!

I love having my kids help me bake and cook, well most of the time. It can get stressful as things can get a LOT more messy and chaotic. I've found for me, as a mom of four, it's much better if I cook or bake with just one of them at a time. Then it's really special one-on-one time and the mess and chaos isn't even a thing!

Vanilla Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe - moist, full of flavor, and delicious!

See one of my grandmother's other cake recipes – a cinnamon swirl pound cake recipe here!


  1. Brilliant recipe, I have made this cake once and my whole family loved it. I am going to bake another one today. I have made one change though, I only used two cups of sugar but i always use 2/3 of sugar recommended in any recipe. I am looking forward to try more of your recipes. Thank you for sharing.

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