Citrus Vanilla Pound Cake with Summer Berries

4th of July is almost here and I couldn’t think of a more perfect red, white and blue dessert than this yummy pound cake with berries! This was a summertime staple on the dessert cart when I baked at the restaurant. It is always a crowd pleaser!  

I understand it’s easy to find a perfectly acceptable pound cake at the grocery store, but I think you’ll find this takes very little effort and the citrus flavor takes it to another level. Besides, as with everything you make at home, you can control the ingredients. You may make the pound cake ahead of time and refrigerate it for a couple days or freeze it. I think it actually improves the texture. That said, it’s also quite good while still a little warm out of the oven which is how we ate this last batch I made.

Citrus Vanilla Pound Cake with Summer Berries
@ 16 servings

1 cup butter, softened to room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs
2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 tsp salt
1 TB orange juice (fresh or bottled, not from concentrate)
1 TB vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon zest (peel, yellow part only, finely grated)

fresh berries
1 TB sugar
1 TB fresh lemon juice
powdered sugar (optional)
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
mint leaves (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat two 8 inch round cake pans or a large loaf pan with cooking spray.


 


Mix butter and sugar well until they become light and fluffy

Add eggs, one at a time, mix well after each addition

Add flour and salt, mix well

Add orange juice, vanilla extract and lemon zest

Mix well

Pour in to prepared pans

 

Bake until golden on top and toothpick comes out clean, about 30 minutes. If you’re using a loaf pan, it will take longer, more like 45 – 50 minutes. Cool.

Place berries in large bowl and add sugar and lemon juice. Let them sit 20 -30 minutes so they form a light syrup to soak in to the cake. 

Cut cake in wedges, sprinkle with a little powdered sugar if you like

Place berries atop the cake, garnish with whipped cream or ice cream and lovely mint leaves. Serve immediately. Happy Independence Day!


From Sleepless in Seattle… R.I.P. Nora Ephron – thanks for all the feel good movies!


Annie Reed: Now that was when people KNEW how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance… nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was… 
Becky: A movie! That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie. 

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