Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake

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This Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake tastes like the marriage of an all butter pound cake with a key lime pie – and oh what a beautiful marriage it is! I hope you’ll get to make this soon, it would be the perfect finishing note to any spring or summer meal.

You’ll need: All Purpose Flour, Sugar, Lime Juice, Vanilla, Buttermilk, Butter, Baking Powder, Eggs, and Salt.

If you want to do a glaze you’ll also need a little more lime juice, confectioner’s sugar, and milk. Just a weeee little bit.

Place butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Beat the living mess out of it until it is all fluffified.

Add in all of your eggs.

Now, most pound cake recipes call for adding your eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

You are more than welcome to do it that way but I think it’s more merciful if we let them go quickly rather than draw it out, don’t you?

Mix this up again until well blended.

I forgot to take a photo of it after this step so use your imagination.

While that is mixing up, we need to stir together the rest of our wet ingredients.

In a 2 cup measuring cup (or whatever you grab from the cabinet first), combine buttermilk, lime juice, and vanilla.

stirry, stirry!

Now to combine the dry ingredients…

In a mixing bowl, stir together your flour, baking powder, and salt.

Now you have two choices: You can go the traditional route and alternate adding a little of the wet ingredients and a little of the dry, then mix,and continue until everything is added in and all well mixed and smooth.


You can dump in your wet and dry ingredients and then beat the living mess out of it like it’s that kid who called you fat on the first day of high school.

Scrape down the sides and beat some more, about 3 minutes total.

Yup. I go with the second option.

~smiles sweetly~

Voila. Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake.
Note: Your batter will not be green like this. Mine is only green because I added a few drops of food coloring to it, which is completely optional. In fact, in light of how food coloring is sometimes viewed as a controversial ingredient these days, I suggest you skip adding it unless you have a very good reason.

In this case, I did have a very good reason.

I wanted my cake to be green.

Grease a bundt or tube pan really well.

My pan is a heavier one that releases cakes really well so I’m just going to give it a good spray with cooking spray.

If you have a thinner pan or one prone to sticking, you might want to coat it with shortening and then sprinkle it with flour.

This Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake is a thick cake batter so I kind of spoon mine into the pan and then smooth it out with the back of the spoon.

Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes 🙂

Or until the cake bounces back a bit when lightly pressed in the center.

Please note: If your cake has been in a 325 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes and you go to press it lightly with your finger, expect the cake to be hot and use a little common sense when deciding how long to leave your finger on the center of said cake.

If you were a fire swallower in the circus earlier on in your life, you’ll probably be fine. If you are a first degree blood relation to Chuck Norris, no worries. Otherwise, I suggest pressing lightly and then immediately releasing – no counting to ten to show your bravado here because I’m just gonna roll my eyes and say you had that one coming if you do.

On second thought, lets just use the toothpick trick to check for doneness. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and if it comes out clean, your cake is done.

No using the toothpick as a weapon…unless you happened to grab one of those cute little sword toothpicks and then simply MUST practice fencing…

After the cake is done, let it sit in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a plate.

If your bundt cakes stick on a regular basis, you might want to look at getting a good heavy pan. I have several that I like. This one is a heavy Wilton one that I got at Michael’s with a 50% off coupon. I also have two Stoneware ones that I really like. If you find a stoneware one look for a good thick glaze to help your cakes come out intact. They are generally called “Fluted Mold” pans or such because Bundt is copyrighted by Nordic Ware just like “Crock Pot” is copyrighted by Rival brand so other “Crock Pots” are called “Slow Cookers”.

If you want to make a glaze, all you have to do is put about 1+1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar in a measuring cup.

Add 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1 tablespoon of milk and stir for a few minutes.

The lumps will come out and it will get all smooth, just go watch something on television and stir patiently. If it needs more liquid, add another 1/2 tablespoon or so of milk but be sure you add the milk just a little bit or so at a time because we want this to be the consistency of glue and it can get too thin really fast.

No worries though, if it gets too thin, just add more confectioner’s sugar.

The state of the world does not rest upon such trivial matters and either way it goes, you got cake!

Delicious Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake!

All smooth!

Slowly pour over your cake until it is all glazified and pertified.

Allow to dry for about ten minutes, or until glaze is hard.

Slice cake and enjoy!

Grab a slice while you can!

and now…..

Sometimes folks ask me what I do with all of the desserts I make on SouthernPlate, so I thought I’d show you!

As soon as this cake got done, I photographed it…then cut it…then photographed it some more…then divided the slices up onto paper plates and covered them with foil. I kept four pieces for my family and the rest found homes in various tummies of faculty members at my kid’s school. 🙂

The greatest joy in baking comes from getting to give it away to others!


Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake

This Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake tastes like the marriage of an all butter pound cake with a key lime pie - and oh what a beautiful marriage it is!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake
Servings: 4
Calories: 563kcal


  • 1 +1/2 cups butter at room temp
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup bottled lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 +1/2 cup confectioner's sugar


  • Place butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. Mix until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and mix until well incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, stir together milk, lime juice, and vanilla.
  • Add wet and dry ingredients to cake batter. Mix for 2-3 minutes, scraping down sides as needed, until fully incorporated and well blended. Add a few drops of green food coloring, if desired, and mix again.
  • Pour batter into well greased bundt pan and bake at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto cake plate.

For the Glaze

  • Place all glaze ingredients in a cup and stir together for a few minutes until smooth. If glaze is too thin, add another tablespoon or so of confectioner's sugar. If glaze is too thick, add more milk in 1/2 tablespoon increments until it is of the desired consistency. Pour over cooled cake. Enjoy!


Calories: 563kcal
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  1. Hi I’m confused about the butter in the pic there are two sticks but in the recipe it calls for 1 +1/2 cups which is the correct amount…thanks

  2. Hi, do you use salted or UN salted butter? Im wanting to make this cake for a church function. This coming weekend!

    Thank you

  3. Hey, looks wonderful, and will give it a go. I have a great pound cake recipe for cherry poundcake using marachino cherries, of course real ones are almost impossible to find but the stores do have them in jars. Lol, or I could find a jar of cherries. Not canned ones.

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