More Memories of Lemon: Lemon Verbena Pound Cake

I"m counting the days until The Memory of Lemon is published, June 14.

And I have a special offer.

If you pre-order The Memory of Lemon wherever you buy books, 

purchase The Cake Therapist,

or buy Bake Happy, I will send you a beautiful full-color, downloadable booklet of my favorite lemon recipes.

Just shoot me an e-mail @ and I'll send it to you.

It's my lemony thank-you to you!

And I'm including a fabulous lemon recipe here.

Lemon Verbena Pound Cake

Pound cake comes to the American dessert repertoire from European roots. The French call it “quatre quarts” or four fourths. The British just knew that a pound of four different ingredients—butter, flour, eggs, and sugar—was needed to make this cake and named it accordingly. With lemon in the batter and a tracery of lemon-scented leaves, this moist and fragrant pound cake is wonderful.

Makes (12-cup) tube or Bundt cake to serve 12

Fresh lemon verbena, lemon balm, or Rober's Lemon Rose scented geranium leaves
Softened butter for the pan
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar 
6 jumbo eggs           
3 cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Confectioners' sugar for dusting 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a (12-cup) tube or Bundt cake . Press fresh leaves into the perimeter of the pan and set aside.

With an electric mixer or food processor, cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Beat in the sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour, a little at a time, until well blended. Stir in the flavorings. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert the cake on a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving.


Unknown said...

Hi Judith,

Your blog is wonderful! I was right there with you visiting the log cabin. If I could come up with a suitable crust (for my restrictive diet) for the lemon pie and a substitute for all that sugar I would so make that lemon pie recipe!

Pattee Beets and I just had a scrumptious brunch/lunch at Karen's. We discussed a new venture with which I am moving forward. I started a primitive blog with blogspot. I would love for you to pick it apart and make me better. Today I am exporting the content into Wordpress. I found the blogspot to be too inconsistent to answer my design needs so I hope to have a new version by end of weekend.

You may find the current blog at I would love it if you would consider reviewing it with me. Karen shares that you hate all of us dumb writers that impinge upon your craft but hopefully my impetus to encourage mobility challenged individuals to get out and keep moving will elevate my status.

No stress to do this. I know you are very busy with real writer stuff. If this is not something you want or have patience and time to do I certainly understand. I look forward to tipping a glass of wine with you any time , anywhere.

Diana Swezy

Judith Fertig said...

Thank you so much, Diana! I have been so intent on writing blog posts that I haven't kept up with the comments, so I apologize for taking this long. I'd love to review your blog. And we will all, at some time or other, need help with mobility when we travel, so I'm on board.