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What to Serve with Lemon Pound Cake? 12 Side Dishes

Lemon pound cake is already a superstar, right? We love its zesty flavor and dense texture. Sometimes it needs a little something extra to really shine.

What sides can make our lemon pound cake experience even better? You’ve got your cake, so what’s next? Well, we’re here to give you some mouthwatering ideas.

From creamy to crunchy, these side dishes will bring out the best in that lovely lemon loaf. So, let’s chat about what pairs perfectly with your sweet treat.

Whether it’s fruit, a dollop of something smooth, or a little bit of crunch, we’ve got you covered. Ready to level up your pound cake game? Let’s get this party started.

Top 12 Side Dishes for Lemon Pound Cake

As a disclaimer, it’s not that lemon pound cake is boring on its own. We just think these sides can elevate an already delicious dessert to new heights. Plus, who doesn’t love a good side dish? Without further ado, here are our top 12 picks for what to serve with lemon pound cake.

Side DishMain IngredientsFlavor ProfileDifficultyTime
Fresh BerriesStrawberries, blueberries, raspberriesSweet, tangyEasy5 min
Whipped CreamHeavy cream, sugar, vanilla extractLight, creamyEasy10 min
Lemon CurdLemons, sugar, eggs, butterTart, sweetMedium20 min
Vanilla Ice CreamMilk, cream, sugar, vanilla beanCreamy, sweetEasy30 min
Honey Glazed PecansPecans, honey, cinnamonSweet, nuttyEasy15 min
Mint TeaMint leaves, water, honeyRefreshing, herbalEasy10 min
Raspberry SauceRaspberries, sugar, lemon juiceTart, sweetEasy15 min
Almond BiscottiAlmonds, flour, sugar, eggsCrunchy, nuttyMedium45 min
Citrus SaladOranges, grapefruits, honeyFresh, tangyEasy10 min
Lavender Shortbread CookiesFlour, butter, sugar, lavenderButtery, floralMedium30 min
Mascarpone CheeseMascarpone, honey, vanilla extractCreamy, sweetEasy5 min
Coconut SorbetCoconut milk, sugar, lime juiceCreamy, tropicalEasy20 min

1 – Fresh Berries

We’re talking strawberries, blueberries, raspberries—just grab a handful. They add a refreshing burst of flavor. We love the mix of sweet and tart.

These berries are juicy and vibrant, and they make each bite of lemon pound cake even better. Just wash them and you’re set. A little secret: they’re also super healthy! Berries for the win!

2 – Whipped Cream

Fluffy, airy, and just the right amount of sweetness. We’re all about that perfectly whipped cream. It’s the balance between light and rich that complements the lemony zing of the pound cake.

We make ours with heavy cream, a pinch of sugar, and a touch of vanilla. That gentle sweetness really elevates every bite. Whipping it at home gives it a personal touch—you can adjust the sweetness to suit your tastes.

3 – Lemon Curd

If you love lemon pound cake, lemon curd is a must! This tangy spread is made from butter, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and zest. Its zingy flavor adds a bright contrast to the cake’s sweetness.

We whip it up ourselves. That fresh homemade touch makes all the difference. Serve a dollop and enjoy the combined lemony goodness.

4 – Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream is like the ultimate sidekick for lemon pound cake. It’s creamy, cool, and adds a whole new dimension of yum.

We’re talking about rich, velvety French vanilla, not the bland stuff. Expect pure comfort, with a hint of nostalgia. Just grab a scoop. Vanilla beans, cream, sugar, and a dash of love. Simple and classy.

5 – Honey Glazed Pecans

We’re obsessed with these crunchy honey glazed pecans. They’re the perfect mix of sweet and nutty with a hint of caramel.

Ingredients are super basic: pecans, honey, and a touch of butter. The combo creates that addictively crunchy and sticky texture.

We toast them until they’re golden brown. The flavor is rich and comforting. Perfect for a zesty lemon pound cake. These pecans add that extra oomph and crunch we love.

6 – Mint Tea

Mint tea is the dark horse in this list. It’s refreshing, soothing, and pairs perfectly with lemon pound cake. We love the light, minty aroma that hits as soon as you pour a cup.

Ingredients are simple: fresh mint leaves and hot water. The key feature is the balance between the strong mint and the sweet lemon. We steep fresh mint for the best flavor.

7 – Raspberry Sauce

Raspberry sauce, anyone? This fruity delight is simply divine. We make ours with fresh raspberries, sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice. It’s zingy and sweet, with that perfect bit of tartness. Trust us, it pairs oh-so-well with lemon pound cake.

We simmer the raspberries until they’re nice and soft. Then, strain to remove the seeds. The result? A smooth, glossy sauce. Drizzle it over your cake and enjoy. It’s like adding a fruity burst to each bite!

8 – Almond Biscotti

Who knew almond biscotti could elevate lemon pound cake? These crunchy biscuits add texture and a hint of nuttiness.

Ingredients are simple: flour, sugar, eggs, almonds, and a bit of vanilla.

We bake them until golden, giving them a crisp edge and soft center. The almond flavor perfectly complements the zesty lemon.

9 – Citrus Salad

A citrus salad brings a fresh zing to our lemon pound cake experience. We use a mix of oranges, grapefruits, and limes. The sweet and tart flavors blend seamlessly with the cake’s lemony goodness.

We sprinkle a touch of mint and a drizzle of honey for added flair. The burst of citrus is invigorating and refreshing. It makes each bite feel lighter.

This side keeps it simple, healthy, and oh-so-tasty. We love how the juicy segments complement the dense cake.

10 – Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender shortbread cookies? Pure magic! Crisp, buttery, and with a hint of floral sweetness. Ingredients are super simple: butter, sugar, flour, and dried lavender. We bake them until they’re golden with a delicate crumb.

The lavender’s floral notes balance the rich, buttery base. We love the light, aromatic twist these cookies add to lemon pound cake.

11 – Mascarpone Cheese

Mascarpone cheese is our not-so-secret weapon for turning lemon pound cake into a creamy dream. We use it straight out of the tub or whip it for a lighter texture.

It’s rich, slightly sweet, and milky. The creaminess complements the zestiness of the lemon. We find it perfect for a sophisticated twist.

12 – Coconut Sorbet

Who doesn’t love a chilled treat? Coconut sorbet is the tropical twist your lemon pound cake needs. It’s creamy and light, yet packs an unexpected refreshing coconut flavor. Ingredients? Coconut milk, sugar, and a splash of lime juice.

We whip it all together, then freeze. Result? A cool, smooth sorbet that perfectly balances our citrusy cake. The sorbet’s mild sweetness complements the bold lemon flavor seamlessly.