Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake

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Buttermilk lime pound cake offers a tangy twist on a classic dessert. Moist and rich, it blends the refreshing zest of lime with the creamy texture of buttermilk for a delightful treat.

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! I hope you’ll get to make this soon, it would be the perfect finishing note to any spring or summer meal.

What You’ll Need to Make Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake:

ingredients for buttermilk lime pound cake

You’ll need:

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Sugar
  • Lime Juice
  • Vanilla
  • Buttermilk
  • Butter
  • Baking Powder
  • Eggs
  • Salt

For the Glaze:

  • Lime juice
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Milk

Helpful Kitchen Tools:

How to Make Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake:

place butter and sugar in a bowl

Place butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

beat until fluffy. add egg

Beat the the butter and sugar until fluffy, then add the 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 find that it is also just fine if you put them in all at once.

Mix this up again until well blended.

mix together the rest of the wet ingredients

While that is mixing up, we need to stir together the rest of our wet ingredients: combine buttermilk, lime juice, and vanilla and stir together.

combine the dry ingredients

Now to combine the dry ingredients…

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

add dry ingredients to the wet and combine

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, OR you can add all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and then beat until well combined. I find that either works fine in this case!

Scrape down the sides and beat some more, about 3 minutes total. And you have your batter!

spray bundt pan

Spray a bundt pan with nonstick 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.

add batter to bundt pan

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

Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes 🙂 Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and if it comes out clean, your cake is done.

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

turn out cake onto cooling rack

For the Glaze:

confectioner's sugar in a bowl

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, so 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…it can get too thin really fast.

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

Pour the glaze over the buttermilk lime pound cake

Slowly pour over your buttermilk lime pound cake cake until it is all glazed.

glazed buttermilk lime pound cake

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

slice cake

Slice cake and enjoy!

buttermilk lime pound cake

Grab a slice of this delicious Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake while you can!

Other Recipes You Might Like:

Mini Bundt Cakes

Red Velvet Bundt Cake

Coconut Lime Cookies

Key Lime Cupcakes

Coconut Lime Sheet Cake

slice cake

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. I’m a former Texan living now in Iceland for the past 13 yrs, but still rooted in the US cuisine … esp the southern variety. I’m also a devoted lime-a-holic & was instantly drawn to this recipe. Served as the finale of a family brunch, it was a big hit. Made largely as written, I added green food coloring & opted out on the glaze in favor of whipped cream which is more popular here. Loved this sure-to-be-repeated delicious recipe & look forward to many more like it from you!

  2. oh my gosh, you are hilarious! I found you through a google search for this recipe. I’m sticking around, this was so entertaining to read! Now, off to try this fabu sounding cake!

  3. Is 2 cups of sugar enough for this pound cake? Most recipes for pound cake call for 3 cups of sugar. Thanks.

  4. May The Lord comfort you in your time of loss. I’m so sorry. My question is, can I add lemon in place of lime to this recipie? I did make the pound cake recipie and it was wonderful. Can I add lemon to that as well? I want to make a lemony pound cake, moist almost wet, but not too wet but a tangy lemon flavor. Can’t seem to get it right. Thank you!

  5. I made the Buttermilk Lime Pound Cake and it was delicious but I could not taste the lime. Is there a special brand of lime juice I need to buy? Could you substitute lemon juice for the lime juice.

  6. Hi! Christy I enjoyed the recipes that I get through emails so I am going to try the cracker pie that looks so good I’m going to have to try it will let you know how it comes out.

  7. Christy,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. I know she was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Thank you for sharing the blessing that her life has been with your readers. You are all in our prayers.

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