Author Cecelia Dowdy & Her Grandmother’s Lemon Pound Cake

Author Cecelia Dowdy

My guest today is a longtime friend author Cecelia Dowdy. She is offering an ebook copy of her latest book Raspberry Kisses for one commenter so be sure to look for today’s QUESTION. Here’s Cecelia:

My grandmother had to feed her large family on a shoestring budget. Smart and savvy, she fed her clan, making cheap nutritious meals.

When I was ten, my family visited her in Michigan. She made us a lemon pound cake. It was delicious! She made an extra one for us to take home. My sisters and I argued over that cake during the drive home, grabbing pieces. I was afraid my older sister would eat all of it. My dad threatened to throw the cake out the window if we didn’t get quiet.

I often tried to replicate the recipe, but, mine never tasted as good as hers. I’d wanted to ask her for the recipe, but, family members cautioned that she may not give me her secret pound cake recipe.

I thought about the cake often over the years, and sometimes, I’d get excited when it was my father’s birthday. Why? Well, my grandmother would send a lemon pound cake in the mail for my dad’s birthday.

Finally when she was 97, I asked her for the pound cake recipe. She chuckled and agreed to send it to me in the mail. So, in her squiggly, spidery, writing, she gave me the recipe. Several people told me that it’s the best pound cake they’ve ever tasted.

I honestly don’t know the history behind this recipe. I don’t know the first time it was made. I’m not sure if my grandmother created this recipe, or, if it was handed down to her from her mother. I just know that whenever I eat a slice of this cake, I think of my grandmother in the kitchen, making desserts for her large family.

Since the love of baking runs in my family, I made my heroine in Raspberry Kisses a strong, passionate baker.

Lemon Pound Cake
1 ½ cups butter (3 sticks)
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup evaporated milk
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease and flour 10-inch tube pan. Beat butter in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add sugar ½ cup at a time, creaming well after each addition. Stir in vanilla, lemon extract, juice and rind. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir thoroughly after each addition. Pour into prepared pan. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 70 to 80 minutes. If cake is not done after 70-80 minutes, bake longer, until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes; remove from pan.
GLAZE: Sift one cup of confectioners’ sugar into a bowl. Squeeze juice of one lemon into a separate bowl. Remove seeds from the lemon juice. Mix lemon juice with confectioners’ sugar and drizzle over cooled cake.

As Cecelia mentioned, she also has a new book out–a very sweet one!

Raspberry Kisses

To purchase, click here. Raspberry Kisses (The Bakery Romance Series Book 1)


Facing eviction, Rhea Morrison, a young grieving widow, must save her failing bakery. Her
recently-injured twin sister, Raven, loans her money – stipulating Rhea attend a singles retreat to spy on Martin Lane, Raven’s new love interest. Disgruntled, Rhea attends the retreat and is attracted to Martin. She discovers that Martin can help save her bakery.

Rhea feels torn about her attraction to Martin – he’s a pastor, and after her husband’s death, she vowed to never get involved with another pastor. Plus, her twin sister, Raven, has strong feelings for Martin. Can Rhea let herself have romantic feelings for Martin – knowing it would hurt her sister?

Can Martin and Rhea overcome their past so that they’re free to love again?

Sounds like a romance fraught with conflict–with a sweet ending. QUESTION: Do you share recipes or try to keep them a secret? Anbody recall Esther Bolek’s Orange Marmalade Cake recipe that she kept secret in Jan Karon’s books? 🙂 Leave a comment to enter drawing for a ebook copy of Raspberry Kisses!–Lyn

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22 Responses to Author Cecelia Dowdy & Her Grandmother’s Lemon Pound Cake

  1. Joye says:

    Your book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the Lemon Pound cake recipe. It sounds yummy

  2. Jan Hall says:

    I love to share recipes. I think it is because I like getting recipes from other people.

  3. Sparksofember says:

    I love to share recipes and there’s nothing I enjoy more than a yummy, moist pound cake so thank you!! And it sounds like an interesting story & a great conflict. Back when I first started dating my hubby, my roommate had been crushing on him for years so I can relate to the dilemma!

  4. Kim says:

    Although I am somewhat limited with my personal recipes, I willingly share them. I think it’s fun!

  5. Rita Navarre says:

    I love to try new recipes and share them also! Sounds like a great book to read!

  6. Rumeur says:

    I don’t share recipes because I don’t have any!! Lol. I live alone. It’s hard cooking or baking for 1 but when I do get an urge to do so , I look in a cookbook. I doubt anyone would want my cooking but if gladly tell them which cookbook I got it from. I’m a microwave Queen. Yes, I probably glow in the dark too by now from it but it’s fast & easy 🙂

  7. Sonja says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the nummy recipe! I am a recipe sharing person. I have a lot. I have even put together several recipe books in my day and not published but given them to family and friends. Now I just store them on my computer and print them out when I need one. Would love to win your book!

  8. First of all, thank you for sharing your dear grandmother’s recipe for lemon pound cake (and from Michigan, my home state!) I love lemon everything! This will be made soon! Secondly, when I read the Jan Karon series and the orange marmalade cake was mentioned time and time again, I was ecstatic when I finally found a copy of that recipe in the cookbook Jan released. Thirdly, my grandmother had a few “special” recipes that I was somewhat reluctant to share beyond the family, but in the past few years I’ve released my hold on them and have shared them with others! Great blog piece! I loved it. I’m not an ebook reader, but in the event that I should win this contest, I’d have to make an exception!

  9. Deanne Patterson says:

    I am happy to share recipes for whatever I make. If I owned a bakery it just may be a different story though. I have read some of Jan Karon’s books but nope I don’t recall Esther Bolek keeping any recipes secret. Maybe it was a book I haven’t read of hers. I would love to win and read Raspberry Kisses The Bakery Romance Series Book 1. Your Grandmother’s Lemon Pound Cake sounds really divine. How often do you find yourself making it Cecelia Dowdy ? Do you make it just for special occasions or just anytime ? I am definitely going to make it and my husband will love it too. Thank you for the recipe !

    • Hi, Deanne!

      I usually make the cake for Thanksgiving. I might make it at least one other time during the year. If you make it be sure to place the glaze on top, the glaze in the recipe! That’s partially the secret to making this cake so amazing! That tart lemon glaze is a nice contrast to the moist, sweet, buttery lemon pound cake! Yum! I’m smacking my lips as I write this comment! LOL!

  10. Kim Hampton says:

    My mom also makes lemon pound cake! Not sure where she got the recipe from but it’s very similar to this one. We live in Arkansas. I love to share recipes, if they are good ones.

  11. Piper says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! The lemon always evaporates out of mine. No need to put me in for a drawing of Raspberry Kisses, it is in my TBR pile.

  12. Hi, Lyn!

    Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today! I don’t keep recipes a secret, I want all to taste my great treats! However, if I were running a bakery business, I’d probably be hesitant to tell others about my secret recipes for baked goods!

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