A lighter, airy lemon coconut pound cake topped with lemon glaze to celebrate Mother’s Day or just because! Learn how to achieve a less dense pound cake.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! You make our lives sunny and bright. That is why we’ll be celebrating this important date with a beautiful and delicious Lighter, Airy Lemon Coconut Pound Cake this year.
Definitely, not the pound cake you may be used to. It’s something special… for the extraordinary women in our lives.
How to Make a Lighter, Airy Lemon Coconut Pound Cake
The classic pound cake traditionally incorporates a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar, resulting in a dense cake — so popular in Southern United States.
Ours, however, uses baking powder to induce leavening during baking, which results in a less dense cake.
Because it is flavored with lemon juice, an acidic ingredient, baking soda is added to neutralize that ingredient and help the batter to rise.
Cornstarch is used in combination with flour to soften the harsh proteins of the flour, resulting in a more tender cake.
The egg whites are separated from the yolks in our cake. By beating the whites separately and incorporating them at the end of preparing the batter, it makes the cake airy. All these factors contribute toward a lighter, airy pound cake. You see?
The process is quite simple. First, beat room temperature butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks until lightly pale.
Add sifted flour and cornstarch combined with baking powder and baking soda alternating with a mixture of lemon juice and coconut milk. Beat until just incorporated. Stir in shredded coconut if desired.
Last, fold in beaten egg whites and pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan.
Bake in a 350 F preheated oven for about 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let pan cool on an oven rack for about 10 minutes. Unmold cake and pour a lemon glaze on top.
When cool, serve cake either by itself or with your favorite ice cream. I am telling you, it is a cake fit for a queen! 😉
I was absolutely delighted! I hope your Mom, Grandma, or that motherly figure in your life enjoys this Lemon Coconut Pound Cake as much as I did.
From one mom to another (with much love), I wish you a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!