big bite of pound cake
Did you ever get disenchanted with any of your toys when you were a kid? I mean, was there ever a toy you really wanted and then when you finally got it, it started collecting dust in the corner due to lack of use?

I have a confession. Part of the reason I keep this blog is to ensure that I use my baking equipment.

You see in the office of our home lies a cabinet full of unused 2b pencils, gummy erasers and sketch pads from the time in my life I convinced myself that I had to get back into drawing. Another section is filled with pens and nibs for the time I convinced myself that I had to learn calligraphy. Don’t even get me stated on the French language CDs or the sewing machine. And so on…dust covered relics of what were once well-meaning endeavors.

knife & lemon

Last year, after I got sick, I started this blog to help me keep my sanity while I was home. I wanted to make sure all of my gadgets didn’t become relics so I got heavily into making goodies like this and this and the luscious lemon pound cake featured here – all the while trying to develop and refine my skills.

While I continue to bake and photograph food, I think it would be fun to expand my horizons. For example, I love home design, architecture, gardens – particularly those that are unique to New England. And, I know many of you do too.

My friends, it is for these reasons that I give you my second blog Fresh Home and Garden. I think you’re going to love it.

I hope to provide you with some spectacular views of New England architecture, inspire your inner designer, nurture your love for gardening and just give you gorgeous Northeastern eye candy at which to gawk. And by following my new blog, you will help me further develop my photographic skills so I can bring you even more drool-worthy desserts and recipes.

So please, check out my new blog!

 

pound cake collage
knife and vanilla beans
large pound cake

In the meantime, try this pound cake. I made over 15 pound cakes to come up with this recipe and it’s fantastic. It freezes well and has become a staple dessert in our house.

Luscious Lemon Pound Cake
Cake:

15 tbsp. softened unsalted butter
3 tbsp. milk
3 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. lemon extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. grated lemon zest (2 lemons)

FOR THE GLAZE:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2-3 tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste)

For the cake: Preheat oven to 350ยฐ. Grease a loaf pan with butter; set aside.
Put milk, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl and stir with fork until combined; set aside.
Sift together flour, sugar, and baking powder into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle. Add zest, and stir.
Add softened butter and mix on low just until mixture comes together about 30 seconds.
Slowly add milk-egg mixture, beating constantly, until batter is just mixed together. Mix and extra 20-30 seconds on high.
Pour into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 45-50 minutes.
Allow cake to cool on a rack for 15 minutes, then un-mold. Using a toothpick, poke holes all over top of cake.

For the glaze: Combine sugar and juice in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Reduce glaze by half. Brush glaze over top, sides and bottom of baked warm cake, reapplying glaze until cake is saturated.
bite of pound cake

As you can see, I’m determined to use my camera.

Thanks for your support and Bon Appetit!

 

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49 Comments
  1. Yes!! I have an affinity for starting a project/hobby without following through after a few months, so I totally understand those French language CDs and 2b pencils you’ve got in your office ๐Ÿ™‚ Photography has been the longest-running yet and I’m hoping it stays that way!

    Congratulations on Blog #2!! Subscribing to it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I haven’t been here in a while! So I’m sure I’m late to the party, but I really like your new logo! So clean and fresh!
    I totally understand what you talk about. My bf was highly sceptical when I started photographing food. And I don’t blame him! He thought my enthusiasm would disappear in a couple of weeks, as it often happened with many “projects” I started. I still can’t believe it’s been 9 months since I first touched a camera and I still love it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    The lemon cake looks and sounds very tempting. I like a fresh lemon flavour in desserts.
    Your new blog looks gorgeous! Congrats!

  3. nothing better than a perfectly made lemon pound cake. i would love to use this in my strawberry shortcake.
    i wish i could get into gardening…i have a huge yard, but prefer to fill it with rocks and stones for a modern look. bad i know….

  4. I think you have convinced me. I need a new camera. Unfortunately I already had a birthday and received the new Nexus one. So, I will have to wait a little.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will save it in my recipe box.

  5. I love the new site too!
    D0n’t limit yourself just with food, your photos are too amazing…
    And, well, I also know that feeling…I’m a person who gets bored so easily…

  6. haha, you sound just like me… I have a slue of once started hobbies and interests… like a ton of paints, for canvases, drafting equipment for my architectural phase, sewing machine too and like your french language cds… mine was Italian and I don’t think I ever quite made it threw the first disc. lol

    can’t wait to check out the new site… heading over there now!

  7. I can definitely relate! I have stacks of fabric quarters from when I got so excited about sewing and crafting, and an old film camera from when I thought I would get into old-school photography, a sketch pad and oil pastels, etc etc etc. My fiancee tries to motivate me to keep up with the food and digital photography by getting me lightboxes and other equipment. It’s working so far, I think.

    So keep up the good work, I can’t wait to see how your new blog goes ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Let’s see, sewing machine check, 2b pencils, gummy erasers, sketch pads check, french language cds check. I think both of us have the same inclinations. I’ve even gotten into venetian plastering almost seriously. It’s only my food blog that has lasted so my passion is really food!
    Congrats on the new website, I’m sure it’ll be as spectacular as this one.

  9. You are not alone! I have my stamp pad caboose, much wood & paint for decorative painting, my sculpting stuff, dried wreath boxes, and on and on. And it’s all in my dining room, which obviously we don’t ever eat in. For some reason I just can’t bear to part with it. A hoarder perhaps? I just love my stuff! I’ve actually been wanting to try the whole photography thing since I just started a food blog. I think if I start one more thing my husband will disown me. We’ll see! Love your recipes and blog!
    Martha

  10. I don’t know how you do it, El. You’re as tenacious as Ina Garten when it comes to perfecting these recipes – 15 pound cakes. Wow! I’m looking forward to following your other blog – congrats!

  11. if you could see my attic. sewing projects, art projects, such a disaster. but my cameras are in my kitchen and i use them every day. nice to have a blog on which to put the photos. and speaking of photos, yours are gorgeous. i’m so happy you found your way to dash and bella. i’m now following you on twitter. i have a lot of friends who loves gardens so i’ll send them to your other blog as well. i find it so challenging to photograph when there’s no food or kids! you do it beautifully with or without. happy spring.

  12. Delicious lemon pound cake — it looks so moist and fresh. Anything lemon and you have me forever! I so wish I had the space to garden. Next place maybe…thx for stopping by my blog too, nice to have found you!

  13. I know exactly how you feel El, so I can understand why you created the new blog! It’s such a great idea, a terrific way to keep up with your photography. I really know nothing about New England architecture (or gardening) but I think I’m about to find out. Looking forward to reading your new blog! Your pound cakes looks amazing!
    Magda

  14. I’m so thrilled for you, El! ๐Ÿ™‚ The new blog is absolutely gorgeous and I know it will inspire and delight many, including me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so thrilled with this pound cake recipe too. I’m craving a good lemony one and this looks perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. ur pictures are so awesome…im such an amateur still…i did try a lemon cake once and i think i over did the lemon a bit and it tastes quite sad…this however is making me wanna try it all over again

  16. Just checked your other blog and it’s soo beautiful. Now, this cake is also out of this world, too. Play more, play more, so we can see more of your beautiful photos.

  17. I just Stumbled On your blog and I LOVE it. When I was reading the first part of this post, I almost thought I’d written it myself because I know exactly what you mean. I even wrote about that too! For me it has been jewelry making, knitting, crochet, amigurumi, painting etc. The only thing I’ve always loved is cooking.
    I have been promised a “proper” camera for my birthday, so thanks for sharing the model you use (I am ashamed to admit I use my iPhone!)
    I love your blog, your pictures are great and this recipe looks delICIOUS!
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. pound cake looks fantastic…I would love a slice with some good hot tea with lemon…mmmm perfect!
    waiting for a new post on Fresh Home and Garden ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Thanks M. Fresh Home & Garden’s posts will be up as soon as I’m able to finish them. I’m taking all of the photos myself. As you can imagine, it takes a bit longer. I do promise, however, that it will be worth the wait. In the meantime, enjoy some pound cake ;>)

  20. Love your photos! I have the same camera, but don’t achieve these gorgeous photos. Please let us know what lens you use, etc., and more. You have gorgeous photos on both blogs!

  21. Oh how I love this blog! Where have you been hiding??!! Your pictures are sensational and the food is to die for. I’ll be back!

  22. We are so alike. A couple years ago I was going to take up knitting (bag full of yarn & needles, 5 scarves later, haven’t picked it up), then there was the French CDs (feel the need to PU where I left over from high school some 20 years ago) …… my photography is were I come back every time!

    I love your photos especially the one of the knife in the lemon – great angles and color.

    Signing up for the new blog now!

  23. I had to laugh at your description of your bits and pieces collecting dust. I’m the same. So much to do. So much to learn. Pick something new up. Have to put something down. Crazy roller-coaster!

  24. Hi

    Did you use vanilla extract or vanilla beans in this recipe, in your photos you have a picture of two vanilla beans, so I was wondering which did you use.

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