Restaurant Recipes

Ritz Carlton Lemon Pound Cake

This is the famous Ritz Calton Hotel 1920s Tea Room Lemon Pound Cake recipe.

Ritz Carlton Lemon Pound Cake recipe


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening, room temperature
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening and sugar.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well blended after each addition.
  5. Add dry ingredients in three additions to butter mixture alternately with milk, begining and ending with the flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.
  6. Mix in lemon juice and zest.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.
  8. Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes. Turn cakes out onto racks and cool completely.

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