Blueberry Lime Pound Cake

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This Blueberry Lime Pound Cake has the perfect summery blend of flavors.

blueberry pound cake cut open to see the inside of the cake

This Blueberry Lime Pound Cake is a cake you can make for a lot of occasions. It’s a nice snacking cake to have on hand. It’s beautiful to serve as dessert at a summer barbecue. And it would be nice for a wedding or baby shower too. This is a pound cake that is moist and delicious on its own, or you can add a little whipped cream and additional blueberries to bump up the “wow” factor. I spotted this recipe in an issue of Fine Cooking magazine many years ago, and I’ve made it quite a few times since then.

drizzling glaze onto pound cake

This is your typical pound cake recipe with added cream cheese. The only outlier is that you’ll take lime zest and sugar and combine those together to make a “lime sugar” to use in the recipe. Use a 12-cup bundt pan to bake your blueberry lime pound cake.

When making the glaze for the cake, the consistency is important. You want it thick enough so that it sticks to the cake and runs down the side a little bit. If the glaze is too thin, it will just run down the cake and not leave much of a glaze behind on the cake. 

blueberry pound cake on a silver platter with glaze on top, garnished by mint leaves and fresh blueberries

About blueberries:

My fridge is always stocked with an abundance of fresh blueberries all summer long. My favorites are the big, fat juicy ones… the ones that taste amazing when tucked into a bowl of fresh fruit with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and a sprinkle of granola. Ideally, there should be a small splash of blueberry juice spilling into your mouth when you bite into a quality blueberry. Those are the best.

Here’s a tip for you. When baking with blueberries (or any fruit), make sure that your fruit is at room temperature. Cold fruit straight from the refrigerator may prevent your dessert from baking evenly.

glazed blueberry lime pound cake on a silver platter. Showing a serving spatula lifting out a piece of the cake.

Why is it called a pound cake?

A pound cake is traditionally made with a pound of each of the following ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs and flour. This Blueberry Lime Pound Cake does not have that ratio, but it’s a dense, heavy cake that is more like a pound cake than a tender and light cake.

glazed blueberry pound cake on a silver platter cut open to see the inside of the cake

Why bake with room temperature ingredients?

You’ll notice in the recipe that it calls for using room temperature ingredients. A general rule for this is if a recipe calls for using room temperature ingredients, you should use room temperature ingredients. It’s not that the author of the recipe is trying to make your life difficult. There is actually some science behind the method of using room temperature ingredients in baking that makes sense. Using room temp ingredients will give your cakes a fluffier, lighter texture. Think about what it’s like when you try to beat cold butter with sugar… it’s a chunky mess, right? Room temperature ingredients will blend together more easily and give you a smoother batter. In other words, using room temperature ingredients can make a difference in a more positive outcome for your baked goods.

slice of blueberry pound cake on a white plate

We love this Blueberry Lime Pound Cake! It’s very summery, moist and tastes fabulous. I think this cake tastes even better on day two.   This recipe is a keeper. Enjoy!

Here are a few more recipes using blueberries that you might like to try:

blueberry pound cake cut open to see the inside of the cake
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Blueberry Lime Pound Cake

Such a delicious and summery cake recipe!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 472kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword blueberry, lime, pound cake

Ingredients

CAKE:

  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • cups granulated white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • cups room temperature blueberries, rinsed and dried

GLAZE:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (more, as needed)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan (or use baking spray).

PREPARE THE CAKE:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lime zest; use a wooden spoon to press the lime zest into the sugar and incorporate to make a lime-scented sugar.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the lime-sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the whole eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition (scrape the bowl, as needed). Beat in the egg yolk. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture (scrape the bowl, as needed). Beat at medium speed until the batter is smooth and light (about 20 more seconds). Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the blueberries.
  • Scoop the batter evenly into the prepared pan, spreading it with the rubber spatula. Tap the pan lightly against the counter to eliminate any air pockets. Bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 10 minutes and then invert onto the rack, remove the pan, and let cool completely.

GLAZE THE CAKE:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lime juice until smooth. The glaze should be thin enough to pour, but thick enough to stick to the cake and not run completely down the sides. If too thin, add more powdered sugar. If too thick, add more lime juice. Put a baking sheet under the rack to catch drips; drizzle the glaze over the top and sides of the cake. Let glaze set fully before transferring to a cake plate to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

blueberry lime pound cake with glaze cut open to see the inside of the cake

 

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  • Shey wrote:

    Absolutely delicious and gorgeous!
    I added a little vanilla because I always add vanilla to a cake recipe but I don’t think it was necessary and wouldn’t do it the next time I make it. I had some left over lime zest and added it to the glaze instead of throwing it out and it added flavor and lovely light green flecks to the glaze.

  • Georgia Allison wrote:

    Would frozen blueberries work? Just wondering, for a friend!?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sure!

  • Vaishali wrote:

    Tried the recipe…..was absolutely delicious….moist and yummy….wud surely recommend trying this…..

  • Brenda wrote:

    I just made this cake and it is delish, everyone really liked the lime with the blueberries. I did have a little problem with the cake sticking to the pan make sure you wait the full 10 before you try to take it out of the pan. Will definitely make this again.

  • Mark Boxshus wrote:

    Hi Lori

    I did make this the other night, and I really enjoyed it. I usually make a very similar cake using either orange or lemon as an accompaniment. In addition to the lime icing, I also sprinkled lime sugar over the top as well. People really enjoyed this different treat.