Lemon & Orange Pound Cake: A Fresh Citrus Bite for Afternoon Tea
Adapted from Dominique Ansel's Lemon Pound Cake recipe, this simple recipe marries the French wisdom in baking with the British penchant for an Afternoon Tea occasion incorporating flavorful, simple and refreshing bites of cake.
- 4 large eggs 225 grams
- 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar 265 grams
- 1/2 cup crème fraîche (room temperature) 135 grams
- 2 cups flour, baking flour ideally (Bob's Red Mill is my go-to) 240 grams
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon zest 12 grams
- 2 Tbsp fresh orange zest 12 grams
- 3/4 tsp baking powder 4 grams
- 1/2 tsp fleur de sel
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter (high quality) 90 grams
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 67 grams
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 67 grams
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius).
Prepare your baking dish. Whether a 8" square (20 cm) cake pan or a rectangular loaf pan 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 (21 x 11 cm), you may want to butter the pan, but I have found using parchment paper to line the bottom and sides works much better for removing the cake easily without the mess of flour or butter.
Eggs & Sugar
In a stand mixer or with a hand-mixer, combine the eggs and sugar on high speed for 2-3 minutes until lighter in color, ribbon-esque and beautifully smooth.
In a small mixing bowl off to the side, place the créme fraîche and add a couple tablespoons of the egg & sugar mixture. Whisk together until the créme fraîche is lighter and smoother. Then add the créme fraiche mixture to the main bowl which holds the egg & sugar mixture. Don't use the electic or stand mixture to combine. You want to keep as much air in the eggs as possible now, so you are going to gentle whisk by hand the créme fraîche into the mixture until smooth (maybe 30 seconds). Set aside for a moment.
Combine the Egg & Sugar & Créme Fraîche mixture with the Dry Ingredients
In thirds, add a third of the dry ingredient mixture to the egg-mixture. Using a spatula, gently fold all ingredients together. Then add another third of the dry-mixture, fold together gently. Then finally, add the final third and combine. Set aside for a moment.
Putting Everything Together
As soon as the butter mixture has melted and combined, slowly pour it into the batter, whisking to combine.
Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan. If you are using small individual pans, fill until just to 1/2 way up the sides.
Bake the one large cake for about 55 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve the same day with tea or coffee, while you can absolutely making a glaze or finishing drizzles such as Chantilly cream, merinque or even just fruit, the cake is full of flavor all on its own and will delight you and your guests.