With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to showcase another fun dessert that you could share with those you love. I have to say that nothing says love like a pound cake and I wanted to dress my pound cake up with some citrus fun this year with a little lemon curd sauce that could be drizzled on top of thick slices of this decadent treat.
Last week I shared an easy Red Velvet Cake that you could make from a white cake mix. Continuing with the theme, I wanted to showcase how you could make an easy pound cake from a cake mix. I mixed up the batter for a cake mix recipe I found for pound cake and it flopped horribly. The cake was dry, crumby, and fell apart when pulled from the pan. This was definitely not the cake I was looking forward to sharing with you. It is proof though that there is still so much for me to learn in the kitchen.
Pound cake is actually a little trickier to make than I had originally thought. Too high of a temperature yields a cake that is dry and brown on the outside while being too gummy and undone on the inside. Lower the temperature though, and magic happens as the cake cooks more evenly throughout.
The key with a good pound cake though is room temperature ingredients, a careful eye on the stove, and a little bit of patience. The only one I seem to possess is the room temperature ingredients. Somehow it still turned out.
Lemon curd sauce is also so easy to make and despite it’s fancy name, it is made from simple egg yolks, cornstarch, lemon, and sugar. This warm sauce spooned on top of this rich pound cake cuts the heaviness and would be divine spooned over the pound cake with fresh blueberries or raspberries to really add a punch of color and deliciousness to this cake.
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1½ cups butter (room temperature)
- 2½ cups white sugar
- 6 eggs (room temperature)
- 3 cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- For Lemon Curd Sauce:
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- 1 large egg
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy.
- Add eggs two at a time, beating well with each addition. Add the flour all at once and mix in. Add vanilla.
- Pour into a 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check for doneness at 1 hour. A toothpick inserted into center of cake will come out clean.
- For your Lemon Curd Sauce: Place the sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the water. Place the pan over medium-high heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture just begins to boil, 4-5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Using a fork, lightly beat the egg in a small mixing bowl. Spoon in 2 tablespoons of the hot sugar mixture and beat vigorously with the whisk to incorporate. Spoon in another 2 tablespoons of the hot mixture and beat vigorously again.
- Place the saucepan back over medium heat, and pour the beaten egg mixture into the pan, whisking constantly. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute, whisking. The mixture will be thick. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice until they are incorporated.
- Spoon this warm sauce over cake or ice cream.
Looking for other fun cakes to celebrate with? Our Blueberry Muffin Cake would be beautiful with this Warm Lemon Curd Sauce.