Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

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Loaded with blueberries and bright flavor, this lemon blueberry pound cake makes a wonderful brunch (or anytime) cake.

This lemon blueberry pound cake makes a lovely brunch or anytime cake. It has a tender, delicate crumb, and the flavor is extra bright thanks to lots of lemon zest, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a tart lemon glaze. You’ll need two large lemons for the whole recipe. Be sure to zest them before you juice them, as it is impossible to do afterwards. Also, in case you’re considering it, I don’t recommend making this cake in a Bundt pan; it releases easily from a loaf pan but tends to stick to a Bundt.

What You’ll Need To Make Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

ingredients for lemon blueberry pound cake

Step-By-Step Instructions

Begin by zesting the lemons.

zesting the lemons

In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Let sit for at least 10 minutes while you proceed with the recipe. (It will curdle; that’s okay.)

lemon juice, milk, and lemon zest in measuring cup

In a medium bowl, whisk together the 2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt.

flour, baking soda, and salt

In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the remaining teaspoon of flour. Set both aside.

tossing blueberries with flour

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or beaters), combine the butter and sugar.

butter and sugar in bowl

Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

beating butter and sugar

Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

adding the eggs one at a timeWith the mixer on low speed, beat in a third of the flour mixture.

adding the flour mixtureNext, beat in half of the milk mixture.

adding the milk mixtureBeat in another third of the flour mixture, then the remaining milk mixture, followed by the remaining flour mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix briefly to make sure the batter is evenly combined.

lemon pound cake batterAdd the flour-dusted blueberries to the batter and, using a spatula, fold until evenly combined.

folding the blueberries into the batter

Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

lemon blueberry pound cake batter in loaf pan

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and a tester comes out clean.

baked lemon blueberry pound cakeLet the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

lemon blueberry pound cake cooling on rack

When the cake is cool, transfer it to a serving platter and make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

confectioners sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in bowl for glaze

Add more confectioners’ sugar or lemon juice as necessary to make a thick but pourable glaze (it should be a little thicker than you’d think, about the consistency of molasses or honey).

mixed lemon glazeSpoon the glaze over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides.

glazing the cakeLet the glaze set for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Slice with a serrated knife. The cake will keep on the countertop for up to 3 days; store in a covered container or wrap in plastic wrap.

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Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

Loaded with blueberries and bright flavor, this lemon blueberry pound cake makes a wonderful brunch (or anytime) cake.

Servings: One 9x5-inch loaf cake (8 to 10 servings)

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, packed (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups + 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup blueberries (if using frozen blueberries, do not defrost)
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs

For the Glaze

  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest, packed
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Spray a 9x5-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, then spray the pan again.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Let sit for at least 10 minutes while you proceed with the recipe. (It will curdle; that's okay.)
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the remaining teaspoon of flour. Set both aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or beaters), cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again. With the mixer on low speed, beat in a third of the flour mixture, then half of the milk mixture. Beat in another third of the flour mixture, then the remaining milk mixture, followed by the remaining flour mixture, scraping the bowl as necessary. Add the flour-dusted blueberries to the batter and, using a spatula, fold until evenly combined.
  5. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and a tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
  7. When the cake is cool, transfer it to a serving platter.
  8. Make the glaze: In a small bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add more confectioners' sugar or lemon juice as necessary to make a thick but pourable glaze (it should be a little thicker than you'd think, about the consistency of molasses or honey). Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Let the glaze set for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Slice with a serrated knife. The cake will keep on the countertop for up to 3 days; store in a covered container or wrap in plastic wrap.
  9. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cake can be frozen (without the glaze) for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, double-wrap it securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place it in heavy-duty freezer bag. Thaw overnight on the countertop before serving. (Add the glaze after the cake is thawed.)
  10. Note: You'll need 2 large lemons for the entire recipe. Be sure to zest them before you juice them.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 323
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56 g
  • Sugar: 36 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 97 mg
  • Cholesterol: 26 mg

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Comments

  • 10/10 we loved this cake. We cooked in kamado grill. It was so delicious and literally melted in the mouth. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    • — Zivile on June 23, 2022
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  • I’m letting the cake cool now. I accidentally added an extra cup of milk. I hope it tastes ok?

    • — Sue on June 17, 2022
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  • Can this recipe be augmented at all for a larger baking pan/dish?

    • — Emily on June 16, 2022
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    • Hi Emily, What size baking dish do you want to use?

      • — Jenn on June 16, 2022
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  • Can this recipe be doubled so you can make two loaf pans at the same time?

    • — Kim M. on June 5, 2022
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    • Yep!

      • — Jenn on June 5, 2022
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  • Made the cake this evening. Great directions. Easy to follow The lemon juice and zest added zing to the icing. Definitely on my make again list.

    • — CATHERINE on May 30, 2022
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  • I made this pound cake to bring to a potluck. Everyone loved it!
    I wondered if I can use a Bundt pan instead of a loaf pan next time I make it

    • — Paula on May 29, 2022
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    • So glad it was a hit! I wouldn’t recommend making this in a bundt; because of the blueberries, I’m concerned it would stick — sorry!

      • — Jenn on May 31, 2022
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  • I made this recipe for my Mah Jong luncheon. The ladies raved, it was just delicious. It was better than any bakery item available!

    • — Lucinda P. on May 28, 2022
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  • This cake is delicious but mine sunk.🙄

    • — Maggie on May 26, 2022
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    • Hi Maggie, I’m sorry to hear it sunk! When a cake sinks it’s usually because it’s underbaked, so I’d leave it in the oven for a few more minutes if you make it again.

      • — Jenn on May 26, 2022
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  • Can this be made dairy free?

    • — Michelle on May 7, 2022
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    • Hi Michelle, Yes, I think you could substitute the milk with non-dairy milk and the butter with either (solidified) coconut oil or a non-dairy butter that comes in stick form. I’d love to hear how it comes out if you try it! 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 8, 2022
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  • Just lovely. I’m an erratic baker and never feel quite sure that whatever I’m making will turn out, but oh, this did. Perfect instructions, easy to follow, and the cake turned out moist and lemony on the inside and just crusty enough on the outside. I used frozen blueberries from my own bushes, and I put a good bit more lemon zest into the glaze than the recipe called for, which made it sharp and intense against the sweetness of the cake. It might not have pleased everyone, but my guests loved it. Thanks so much – this recipe’s a keeper!

    • — Mrs Whatsit on May 1, 2022
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  • My favorite combinations. Blueberries, lemon, and pound cake. My mouth is literally watering! Looks so delicious.

    • — Brenda Esteva on April 29, 2022
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    • Just like every single one of your recipes Jenn..another 5 Star! Just delicious.

      • — Barb on May 20, 2022
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  • I hardly ever comment on recipes, but this was the best loaf cake I’ve ever made! The outside was a bit crusty and the inside moist, and it was bright and flavorful. I did reduce the sugar in the cake by 1/4 cup and I added 1/2 tsp. of vanilla.

    • — Anita on April 25, 2022
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  • Lovely cake! Perfect, no adjustments and couldn’t imagine attempting to improve or change in any way. My loaf pan is just a bit smaller than the standard 9×5 and the batter filled it 3/4 high. I placed a baking sheet on the rack beneath just in case, but had no problem. It rose high and perfectly. Although this is called a pound cake, the butter and egg content is far less than a traditional pound cake. This is a really good cake, but not exactly a “pound cake”. I avoid most pound cake recipes because of the butter content.

    • — Caryl on April 20, 2022
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  • As others have noted, I made this cake in a metal pan that was a bit smaller and deeper than the recipe calls for so it took a bit longer to cook through. It took about 75 mins in the oven and then I did the glaze while the cake was still a bit warm. As soon as it was fully cooled I covered the plate with plastic wrap. The next day it was perfectly moist and beyond delicious. I will definitely be making this again!!

    • — Melanie on April 17, 2022
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  • Made for Easter Sunday and turned out PERF – inside and out!! Super moist with just the right tang…

    I upped the lemon zest and juice to the batter, and left in the oven closer to 70 mins. I also added some nabs of butter throughout before baking. Speaking of…I do recommend to use a high-fat butter like Plugra or KerryGold for the BEST taste and texture.

    Thanks for this and Happy Easter. It’s divine!!

    • — Aasit T. on April 17, 2022
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  • I’ve made this cake 2x and loved it so much both times! I have someone wanting one for a wedding cake, just to slice not serve to everyone, and I was wondering if making it in a round cake pan would ruin it? Do you think cooking it for a shorter time might work with a regular cake pan?

    • — Ruth D on April 10, 2022
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    • Hi Ruth, so glad that you like this! Yes, I think it would work in a round cake pan; just keep an eye on it as the big time will be different.

      • — Jenn on April 12, 2022
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  • Easy and delicious!

    • — Vivienne Davis on April 9, 2022
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  • Simple & straight forward yet amazing!! It was gone the same day which says a lot. Typically my baked goods last well over a couple days. Followed the recipe just added a small amount of lemon extract for a stronger lemon flavor. Can’t wait to bake it again.

    • — Judith G on April 5, 2022
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  • My cake turn out hard as a rock. I’m wonder if the amount of baking soda was too little. I think 1/4 tsp to 2 cups of flour. And the glaze was very, very thin. I continued to add confectionery sugar but ran out. I think this cake has potential but it was a fail for me.

    • — Karen on April 5, 2022
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    • It must have been something you did or didn’t do. I made it. It was fabulous!

      • — melody kennedy on May 5, 2022
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  • Love this recipe. No picture to take because it didn’t last long enough lol.

    • — Debbie on April 2, 2022
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  • So easy and tasty!! The pound cake turned out very moist and was a total hit. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • — Florence on April 1, 2022
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  • Have you ever doubled this recipe and made it in a tube pan? I would like to make a bigger cake for a church function I thought I would ask before I tempted to do this

    • — Connie Old on March 31, 2022
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    • Hi Connie, Sorry for the delayed reply! I wouldn’t recommend it. I’m concerned that the cake would stick.

      • — Jenn on April 6, 2022
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  • Will Cranberries work in this?

    • — Chelsea on March 31, 2022
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    • Sure, I think they will. Please LMK what you think if you try it!

      • — Jenn on April 1, 2022
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  • So good. I added another 1/2 tablespoon of zest to the cake just because we like it a bit tangy. My kids call it blueberry lemonade cake.

    • — Isabella on March 31, 2022
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    • Blueberry lemonade cake — that’s cute! 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 31, 2022
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  • Another incredible recipe from Jenn. So delicious. I had the 8″ loaf pan and it was fine. I baked it for 65″. Perfect and so good!

    • — jan on March 30, 2022
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  • Even though I am notoriously bad at baking, I recently bought a small hand mixer to hopefully get better! The first recipe that I wanted to try was this one and, much like every single Jenn Segal recipe that I have ever made, it turned out so well! The balance of sweetness with the lemon is perfect and, as always, I appreciate how easy and clear Jenn’s instructions are. Being able to use frozen blueberries as well was great! Will definitely be making again in the future!

    • — Carissa on March 22, 2022
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  • I made this yesterday and loved it! Great texture and flavor. Mine looks just like the picture. The only problem I had was baking time. I did 60 minutes but the very top middle was not fully baked. I could/should have left it in another 10 minutes as it wasn’t too browned at that point. I will next time – I plan to make it for Easter brunch.
    Thank you!
    P.S. I used a light spray coating + lined the bottom with parchment paper + resprayed + lightly dusted with flour and it worked great.

    • — Annie on March 16, 2022
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  • I am not a great baker, but wanted to give this a try because it looked so delicious. I baked my cake in a dark pan. I think I overcooked it because the toothpick kept looking wet in the middle when I pulled it out, so ….I just cooked it longer. The instructions said cook until golden brown.
    It was golden brown when I took it out of the oven, with no more wet looking toothpick. The next day I sliced it up, and it was very dry, so use caution. I’d assume if the toothpick didn’t have batter on it, that’s likely what is meant by clean. I would have liked to have more icing for the cake. My cake was also not as pretty and yellow as I had hoped for. My daughter liked it. She thinks this is the way this type of cake is supposed to be, not moist like a birthday type cake. I enjoyed using frozen blueberries I had on hand.

    • — Sheri on February 24, 2022
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    • Sheri , I have baked almost every week for a lot of years. I had the same experience yesterday! I am remaking it today with a larger loaf pan ( I inadvertently used an 8.5 X 4.5 pryrex pan.) I am also going to open a new box of baking soda ( I had tested my current BS last week and it was fine so who knows what a week can do)
      Everything aside, my husband loved the cake but I’ll report back after I use the suggested pan size and new baking soda.

      • — Carol O'Neill on February 28, 2022
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      • Hi Carol,
        I had the same experience with this cake. I have baked it several times and it looks and tastes great but the centre of the cake is still too moist after 65 minutes. Today I used a Pyrex loaf pan and I had to bake it for 75 minutes.

        • — Ellen on April 15, 2022
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        • Same experience here, baked it today abd it took 75 minutes. Delicious though!

          • — Kim on June 15, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn!! I love all your recipes and plan on making this tomorrow but I don’t have any milk. Can I sub with almond milk or evaporated milk? Thanks!

    • — Tristan on February 22, 2022
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    • Hi Tristan, You can use evaporated milk mixed with an equal amount of water.

      • — Jenn on February 22, 2022
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  • wonderful recipe, loved by all!!

    • — Lisa on February 20, 2022
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  • Love this recipe, came out great!! Used frozen blueberries we picked this summer, made this cold February day feel like spring is soon! Thank you

    • — Lisa on February 11, 2022
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  • this recipe is perfect!! just tried it and it came out wonderfully, though not as yellow in color

    • — Precious on February 9, 2022
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  • Can I use frozen blueberries

    • — Janet Bertrand on February 1, 2022
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    • Sure, just don’t defrost them or your batter will turn purple. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on February 1, 2022
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    • Hi Jenn- can I double the recipe and use a Bundt pan?

      • — Adria Avallone on April 16, 2022
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      • Hi Adria, I wouldn’t recommend making this in a bundt; because of the blueberries, I feel pretty confident this would stick to a bundt pan — sorry!

        • — Jenn on April 17, 2022
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  • I put a new twist on this recipe. After we enjoyed it for a few days, I trimmed off the edges and the bottom and them made French toast out of it. Topped it with powdered sugar and fresh blueberries. Made for an AWESOME brunch. Thanks!

    • — Michele A. on January 29, 2022
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  • This recipe was lovely! Instructions were clear and concise, yet easy to follow. Sometimes I have problems baking but it turned out absolutely perfect. If I may ask, do you have any tips on keeping it intact? (I found mine a tiny bit crumbly, but just the right taste!)

    • — Mischa Hewitt on January 28, 2022
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    • So glad you liked it Mischa! Did you let the cake cool completely before you sliced it?

      • — Jenn on January 28, 2022
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