Lemon Pound Cake Muffins are perfect for breakfast or dessert!
BMW and I were arguing (more like heavily discussing, ha) over whether there was a difference between a muffin and a pound cake. We searched the internet and muffins are technically just a baked good that is served individually, while a pound cake traditionally has a pound each of egg, sugar, flour and butter and is baked in a loaf pan and served by the slice.
So that is why this recipe is a pound cake muffin, because its made like a pound cake but served individually like a muffin. Hence the pound cake muffin in the title! The lemon, well that is just for me! I love, love, love lemon desserts and especially lemon pound cakes. These Lemon Pound Cake Muffins are dense, moist and decadent. Perfect for dessert or breakfast!
The Best Lemon Pound Cake Muffin
Raise your hand if you’re a Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake fan. Ok, glad I am not alone! While my Lemon Pound Cake Muffins aren’t an exact copycat recipe, they come pretty close in the best way possible. I like how these baked up without drying out. I think the Greek yogurt definitely helps with that!
I baked up extra large muffins and they were the perfect little dessert for me and BMW to share. We both love a little sweet at the end of a meal but not too much and one large muffin was perfect for us.
BMW is really picky about his pound cakes. It’s his favorite type of cake! Who knew?! He was skeptical about my pound cake muffin idea. So after I spent Saturday morning making these, I just slipped him one on a plate. He asked me, “what is it?”, and I just said, “try it!” After one, ok maybe two, bites he was hooked!
I’ve also sent a pair of these pound cake muffins over to a friend with dinner after they welcomed home a new baby. I felt good about sending these because 1) I knew they wouldn’t dry out too quick and 2) they would be perfect for dessert, sweet afternoon treat or even in the morning. Because we all know with those new babies, the sleep schedules can be crazy so sometimes parents just need a little treat!
I think the selling point for these Lemon Pound Cake Muffins is that you probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry or fridge! Seriously. Plus, this recipe is pretty forgiving. You can sub an extra stick of butter for the Greek yogurt, or an extra 1/2 cup of yogurt for a stick of butter. Pay attention to baking times, depending on the size of your muffins, you might need to adjust accordingly.
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Lemon Pound Cake Muffins
Makes about 7 very large or 12 regular cupcakes
For pound cake muffins:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 sticks of butter, softened
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
For lemon glaze:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake tin with paper wrappers.
- Whisk flour, salt and baking powder together.
- Cream sugar and butter together with electric mixer on medium speed. Reduce speed to low and add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Then add the vanilla.
- Slowly add dry ingredients until well combined.
- Gently fold in yogurt and lemon juice.
- Separate into muffin tins and bake for 30-35 minutes if large, or 20-25 minutes if regular size, until a toothpick comes out clean.
- While muffins are baking, make the glaze by whisking the powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest until smooth.
- Let muffins cool slightly and top with glaze while still warm.