Ridiculously moist and delicious, this Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake tastes like Spring in every bite no matter what time of year it is!
If you are looking for an easy dessert that looks and tastes like a million bucks, you’ve come to the right place.
Sour cream gives this Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake a very moist and tender crumb, just like another family favorite, Orange Cranberry Pound Cake. Fresh lemon zest and juice infuse the cake and the lemony drizzle with a bright pop of flavor. Juicy, sweet blueberries are found in every bite!
Which dairy makes the best cake and why choose sour cream?
One of the reasons this pound cake has such a tender and moist crumb is the choice of dairy used in it. When I was contemplating how I wanted to create this pound cake, I already knew it definitely had to have one of my favorite combinations, the lemon and blueberries, and a lot of them! But I did a little research into which dairy I thought would taste best other than the addition of the traditional butter to make this both a fool proof recipe and ultra moist.
I absolutely love the slight tang and depth that buttermilk and sour cream adds to baked goods like my Double Chocolate Banana Muffins and Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins with Streusel, but the question came down to which would perform best. The answer I found was sour cream. Not light sour cream, but the standard full fat sour cream and it has to do with the amount of fat and acid in it. Here is a great comparison article with the same cake made with milk, buttermilk, and sour cream..
How to make Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake
Sift or whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt, and set to the side.
Next, cream together the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time until they are incorporated. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, and the lemon zest and mix until combined.
The amount of juice and zest is approximately that from one larger lemon. A microplane grater is one of my favorite kitchen tools and is what I use to zest citrus.
Add the flour mixture in batches and mix just until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix the batter.
Sprinkle the blueberries with a little flour. This helps them not sink to the bottom of the cake. Gently fold in half of the blueberries into the batter, reserving the final half to sprinkle on the top of the batter.
Pour batter into a standard 9″x5″ buttered loaf pan and bake in a low temperature oven for about an hour. After the cake is done, let it cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. When the cake has cooled, drizzle the lemon icing over the top. Garnish with fresh blueberries and lemon zest if desired.
Can I make this cake in a bundt pan?
Absolutely! Use 2 times the cake batter recipe for a 12 cup bundt pan and cook an additional 15-30 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. The drizzle can remain the same or be increased as desired.
Tips for making the perfect pound cake.
- Use a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. The batter will overflow smaller loaf pans.
- Make sure the butter and eggs are room temperature.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until they are EXTREMELY light in color and fluffy.
- Do not substitute with margarine or low-fat sour cream. Both will affect the taste and texture of the cake.
- Thoroughly grease and flour every corner of the pan as pound cake can stick easily causing the crust to tear.
- Tossing the blueberries in flour before adding to the batter helps them to not sink to the bottom of the cake.
If you love to bake and have a sweet tooth like mine, make sure to check out these:
- Easy Carrot Sheet Cake Recipe from Scratch
- Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins
- Cranberry Orange Scones
- Irish Cream Bread Pudding
- Buttermilk Texas Sheet Cake
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Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake
- 1 9×5 loaf pan
- 2 tablespoons butter, for greasing the loaf pan
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter – room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs – room temperature
- 1/4 cup lemon juice – fresh squeezed
- 1.5 tablespoons lemon zest
- 1/3 cup sour cream not light sour cream
- 2 cups blueberries – divided
- 1/2 tablespoon flour
- 1.5 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
- 1.5 tablespoons lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice – fresh squeezed
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×5 loaf pan.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk or sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside when finished.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until EXTREMELY light and fluffy, 3-6 minutes.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing just until the yellow disapears. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and sour cream and mix just until combined.
- Stir in the flour mixture in batches just until well incorporated in the wet ingredients.
- Toss the blueberries in 1/2 tablespoon of flour. This will help them to not sink to the bottom of the cake.
- Gently fold 1 cup of blueberries into the batter, reserving the final berries to sprinkle on top of the cake after it is in the pan.
- Pour batter into the buttered bread loaf pan and sprinkle remaining berries on the top.
- Bake for 55 to 65 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Stir together the confectioners sugar with the lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Drizzle on the top of the cooled cake. Garnish with fresh blueberries and lemon zest if desired.
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Courtney | Love & Good Stuff
This pound cake is amazing!! Perfectly moist and full of fresh lemon and blueberry flavour!
Thanks Courtney! I’m so glad you enjoyed it:)
This is such a perfect recipe for spring! I’m planning to make this for an Easter brunch 🙂 I Can’t wait!
Let me know how you like it Liz!
Looks incredible! I’ve been curious how to use sour cream in baking, thanks for sharing!
I hope you like it. Thanks Caitlin:)
Blueberry and lemon is a match made in heaven so I’m totally sold on this delicious pound cake! Looks so delicious 🙂
Thank you Chris!
Shashi at SavorySpin
Forget a slice – I’ll take the WHOLE loaf! This looks wonderful!
I’m totally with you on that!
Love the blueberries in this recipe. We have lots of fresh blueberries in the summer and I am always looking for new ways to use them
I want to make this but only have frozen blueberries and we’re 60 miles from town… Can you use frozen blueberries?
Absolutely! Mix them in while they are frozen if you don’t want you batter to be purple tinted. Let me know how it turns out!
This is absolutely delicious! The most moist pound cake I have ever made. The sour cream is a great idea.
I’m so happy you enjoyed it and yes, the sour cream definitely makes a difference!
I swapped out lemon juice and zest for mandarin orange and this was delicious.
With blueberries, I prefer lemon myself. I adore the flavor of mandarin orange, but might choose cranberries over blueberries with it.
Made this 3 times (first for me!). Quality frozen blueberries worked fine. Best results came from salted butter and a little extra sour cream. This recipe is a winner!
Awesome! Thanks for the update on the frozen blueberries too!
Love this cake. I’ve made it 4 times now and it always tastes great. I used a mix of fresh and frozen blueberries.
For the lemon drizzle I wanted something less sweet, so reduced the icing sugar to 1/2 a cup and the juice of a small lemon, used a fork to put holes in top of cake and poured the lemon glaze over, delicious.
Awwhh! Thanks, Jackie! I’m so happy that you have enjoyed it. And I like your tarter drizzle idea!
I’m going to make this for the third time. Can I do cupcakes with this recipe? From Napa California, Merry Christmas!!
I have not tried as cupcakes, but I don’t see why not. Report back how they turn out!
I too wondered if you could make cupcakes so I can share at work
I have not tried it with this recipe. Definitely report back!
I made this pound cake yesterday. It was scrumptious! I did t have sour cream so I used plain yogurt. It didn’t seem to be a problem. This recipe is a keeper!
Thanks Anne! And happy the yogurt variation worked out for you!
Made this 2 nights ago so my husband could enjoy Friday morning with his coffee. It was late when I started this, so I skipped zesting the lemons. I will make this again tomorrow. One problem I had was the cake sticking to the well-greased pan. I scooped out the stuck on portions and piled it on the cake. Next time I’ll line my loaf pan w/ parchment for easy removal. The balance of flavors is perfect. Also, my blueberries sank to the bottom, so I’ll mix or layer them in as I pour the batter into the pan. The floured blueberries didn’t seem to keep them from sinking. Love that this recipe isn’t loaded with fats and sugar as most pound cakes are. Thank you!
Hey there Jill! Great idea on the parchment paper. I usually run a knife around the edge and that helps. Glad you and the hubby loved it!
Was delicious! Did not even need the icing! Really yummy! My blueberries did sink even with the flour but it was delicious anyway.
Cake is in the oven now. It smells wonderful. Looking forward to the taste test. Thank you for the recipe.
Angela M Wilson
OMG…this pound cake is fabulous! Just the right amount of lemon to complement the blueberries. Love it and by far my favorite recipe with blueberries. Thanks for sharing.