A loaf of pound cake sliced at one end, on a plate with sliced lemons and limes

Citrus Pound Cake with Lime Syrup Glaze

If we put any more citrus goodness inside this pound cake, you could drink it with breakfast! Ok, maybe not, but it is full of the bright flavours of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, all covered in a sweet-tart lime glaze. File this recipe under: can’t eat just one slice!


1 9x5 inch loaf


30 minutes


70 to 75 minutes


For the Pound Cake:

  • 1 ¾ cup + 1 tbsp (226 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp (3 g) salt
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) baking powder
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) baking soda
  • 1 cup (227 g) butter
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (225 g) Redpath® Organic Granulated Sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup (63 ml) sour cream
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) orange blossom water
  • 1 tbsp (6 g) orange zest, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp (6 g) lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp (6 g) grapefruit zest, finely grated

For the Lime Simple Syrup:

  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) water
  • ¼ cup (50 ml) Redpath® Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) lime juice
  • 1 tbsp (6 g) lime zest, finely grated


For the Pound Cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving about a 2-inch overhang on the sides for easy unmolding. If using a decorative loaf pan, (we used a citrus themed one) lightly butter and flour the pan.

In a bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the Redpath® Granulated Organic Sugar until pale in colour and fluffy; about 5 minutes.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition before adding the next.

Whisk together the sour cream, orange blossom water, and the zests.


Glass bowl of sour cream and citrus zest, with a whisk

Add half of the dry ingredients into the bowl of the stand mixer; blend on low speed until just combined. Add in all of the sour cream mixture, and mix until well blended. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and blend until combined; do not overmix.

Mixer bowl of light coloured batter and a paddle attachment

Transfer the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Place into the preheated oven. Bake for 70 to 75 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow loaf to cool in pan; 10 minutes. With the aid of the parchment overhang, carefully remove the cake from the pan and place onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

For the Lime Simple Syrup:

In a measuring cup or heatproof bowl, heat water in a microwave until hot. Add the Redpath® Turbinado Sugar, stir to dissolve. Once dissolved, stir in the lime juice and lime zest. Allow simple syrup to cool to room temperature. Brush the simple syrup over the completely cooled cake. Let the simple syrup soak into the cake before serving; at least 15 minutes.

Mixer bowl of light coloured batter and a paddle attachment



*Zest citrus fruits before juicing. If zest is not required for a recipe save it for a future recipe. Wrap zest in plastic wrap or place into a small freezer-safe bag and place into the freezer up to 1 month.

*If orange blossom water is not available, substitute it with any citrus juice, vanilla extract, or 1 teaspoon (5 ml) orange or lemon extract.

*Related recipe: Candied Citrus Wheels