Lemon Sage Pound Cake

This one is from the 2013 Summer Open house. Great way to use a common herb in an uncommon way.

Part of our series on Desserts

Lemon Sage Pound Cake


Yield: 1 (8”x 5”) Cake


  • 6 3/4 oz. (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose unbleached flour

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, slightly soft (70°F)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped or grated

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh sage

For the syrup:
  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage


  1. Heat the oven to 325°F. Spray a loaf pan that’s about 8 x 5 x 3 inches with a nonstick coating.

  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well blended. With an electric mixer (I use the paddle attachment on my stand mixer), beat the butter until it’s very pale and little tails have formed. Sprinkle in the sugar and beat well until slightly fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl well.

  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until blended before adding the next. With the mixer on low, add about one-third of the flour and mix until almost combined; then add half the buttermilk and mix until just combined. Repeat with another third of flour, and then the last half of the buttermilk, ending with the last third of the flour.

  4. Just before all the flour is incorporated, switch from the mixer to a stiff rubber spatula, add the lemon zest, lemon juice and sage. Slowly stir to blend, taking care to scrape the bowl’s bottom and sides.

  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it when inserted in the center, 45 to 50 minutes.

  6. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes; as it’s cooling, stir together the lemon juice, confectioners’ sugar and sage.

  7. Carefully invert the loaf pan, tap it to release the cake, and then brush the syrup on the cake while it’s still warm. Cool completely on a rack before serving.


Shared with Honest Eats Farm by: Chef Rebecca Wauldron