Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

I adore this little lemon pound cake. It's the perfect size when you just need enough for 2 people. The bonus is... it's quick and easy to put together. I can have this in the oven in less then 5 minutes. How great is that?!? This doubles very nicely for when you need a little more but still don't need a big dessert. When doubling, don't double the baking soda, just leave it at 1/8 teaspoon.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour pan very well. I designed this to go in a petit loaf pan that measures about 5x3x2 but you can use 2 mini Bundts, 4 cupcake cups, 2 jumbo muffin cups or whatever small pan you like. When doubled it works nicely with the 6 cup Bundt pan, a 5 inch springform, 4 mini Bundts or a 7x4x3 loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together flour and sugar in small mixing bowl.
  3. In another small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, lemon juice and baking soda. Add egg and lemon ex, gently whisk to combine.
  4. Add the butter and 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix with electric mixer until moistened. Beat on low for about 45 seconds.
  5. Add remaining buttermilk mixture and lemon zest and beat on medium until well blended, 30 seconds. Don't over mix or you'll ruin the texture.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake until browned well and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes for the petit loaf pan. When doubled bake 40 minutes in the small loaf pan. Baking times vary slightly depending on which pan you use. The important thing is that the cake is browned and toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center.
  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes on rack. Remove from pan and cool completely.
Most Helpful

WoW! Love this little cake! It is absolutely perfect?in size and taste! I can't believe how easy it was to mix up. I didn't even need to break out the mixer. This might be a dangerous thing, it's so fast to make and delicious!

Donna M. May 30, 2015

Perfect tasty, little sized cake for two. Made for Everyday Holiday tag game. :)

Lori Mama July 13, 2012

This is very delicious and it's simplicity is what really pushes it to 5 stars. I made it as written other then my eggs and milk not being at room temp. I had some butter bits in the batter after mixing which concerned me a bit but it didn't matter at all. The flavors as other have said it not too sweet but sweet enough to satisfy that craving. I like the lemon flavor and the moist top almost seems like a light glaze; I found the texture to be between a pound cake and a muffin. It's a nice nibble just as is, but we also tried it with a little whipped cream, also good. I think if you wanted to get fancy fresh raspberries with whipped cream would be a great topping and flavor combination. I baked this in cute little 5 1/2 " square glass baking dish I bought at IKEA because it looked like it would be the perfect dish for desserts just for my DH and me and it was! I can't wait to try your other little pound cakes, thanks so much for sharing. Made for PRMRT

momaphet February 13, 2012