Lemon Pound Cake with Raspberry Compote
When your favorite hobby is also your job, things can get a little out of control when it comes to “business-related expenses.” When cooking was simply a pastime, I tried to keep my purchases in check as much as possible, although a trip to any cooking store was still a dangerous proposition.
My kitchen has been fully equipped for several years, but when I started taking pictures of everything I ate in order to create this blog, I realized I was sorely lacking in the “prop” department.
While you could certainly operate a food blog using just everyday silverware and white dishes, interesting props like fun bowls, vintage silverware and colorful linens add a little spice to the monotony of daily photography.
So, I started by scouring the clearance racks at department stores for mismatched bowls and linens that could be scored on the cheap. What was originally a small pile of napkins and two plates in a back corner of the linen closet has started to take over the house.
More than half of that closet is now filled with photography props, and no actual bath or bed linens reside there.
Placemats, spare ingredients and camera accessories overflow into the guest room, the spare room and storage boxes hidden under beds. The dining room table is never clear. And still, I’m always on the lookout for more. I mean, it’s a tax deduction, ya know?
This lemon loaf pan is one of my favorite business expenses yet. I’ve had it for months but have been waiting for a special occasion to use it. When I found out last week that one of my recipes was a finalist in a contest, it was time to break out the lemon pan in celebration.
This is a classic pound cake kept super moist with cream cheese and butter made with milk produced by Michigan’s hardworking dairy farm families. Like my lemon curd cake, it’s nice and lemony.
I gave it a triple shot of lemon with fresh lemon juice, grated lemon zest and lemon extract. I also whipped up quick raspberry compote to serve with the cake for an extra special touch.
Lemon Pound Cake with Raspberry Compote
For the Lemon Pound Cake:
- 1 cup plus 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus extra for pan
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for pan
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
For the Raspberry Compote:
- 8 ounces fresh raspberries
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- Make the Lemon Pound Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 6-cup loaf pan.
- Over a sheet of wax paper, sift flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt two times.
- In large mixing bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter and cream cheese 30 seconds or until well combined. Gradually add sugar; beat 5 minutes or until very light and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in lemon juice, zest, vanilla extra and lemon extract.
- Reduce mixer speed to low; add flour mixture in three additions, beating until just combined between additions and scraping down sides of bowl.
- Pour batter into prepared pan; bake 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer pan to wire rack; let cool 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and let cool completely.
- Meanwhile, make the Raspberry Compote: In medium saucepan, cook raspberries, sugar and water over medium heat 14 to 16 minutes or until raspberries are broken down and mixture has a jam-like consistency. Slice and serve Lemon Pound Cake with Raspberry Compote.
Hi Lori, I made this for my book club and they RAVED about it. It was absolutely delicious. I didn’t have the cool pan, but a regular loaf pan worked just fine. Thanks for sharing!
I’m so glad to hear that, Judy! And I really wish I had a book club of my own. How fun 🙂
Hi 🙂 i just wanna know if you put some slices of lemon on top before to put it in oven? because you didn’t mention in the recipe :O
(sorry if my english is not good, i’m a french canadian)
but i’ll try this recipe because it looks super delicious 😀 thancks!
Hi Marilyn! No, the lemon slices on top were added after the cake was baked and cooled, just for decoration. Sorry, I guess that is a little confusing. I hope you get a chance to try this recipe, and it turns out great.
P.S. Your English is really good 🙂
Just found your recipe on Pinterest and I’m super excited to try this – it looks to die for! But I NEEEEEEEED to know where you got that adorable loaf pan! It needs to be mine!!!
Hi Ashlee! Thanks so much! It’s from Williams-Sonoma and it’s called the “Nordic Ware Citrus Loaf Pan.”
This pan!! I die!! Could ANYTHING be more appropriate for you Lori??
Haha thanks Karen. I actually have a fox dish towel, which I’m now regretting not pairing with the lemon loaf cake in these photos 🙂
That loaf pan is amazing! So is the loaf – damn, the texture of the pound cake is perfect. Tony will literally kill me with his bare hands if I buy anymore kitchen stuff. I’ll just have to live vicariously through your shopping trips!
Haha yeah, we are totally up to our ears in kitchen stuff. I’m sure Jeff is almost at the same point as Tony!
I can see quite clearly how moist this cake is. The raspberry compote is a perfect match. But there’s something missing…I know, my afternoon tea! These will be a perfect TEAm 🙂
Haha, when you said there’s something missing, I thought to myself “yeah…the mint,” because I meant to add mint to the compote. I even had it in the fridge, all ready to go. Oops! But if I hadn’t told you, you never would have known, and thought the only thing missing was your tea 😉
Ummm, that is the coolest pan EVER! When I saw the picture, I couldn’t figure out what it was. That’s awesome that the pan actually bakes the cake that way! And I totally know what you mean about prop buying. It gets out of control so easily. As does grocery shopping. Yikes. But it paid off, because these photos are gorgeous.
Yeah, the top kind of got all swirly colored because I greased and floured the CRAP out of that pan, since it was my first time using it. I think if I go a little easier on the flour next time, it’ll turn out even better 🙂
So glad somebody sympathizes on the prop situation. I need to stop, because I have completely maxed out my storage space in this tiny house!
Love the fun loaf pan you used and the flavors in this bad boyeeee!