Pound cake is a thoroughly underrated dessert. It's light yet dense, sweet but never cloying and perfect to accompany just about anything — from a stiff drink to a cup of tea to cream and berries ... the possibilities are endless! Plus, since the version here is lemon-flavored, you can make this light and summery dessert in the dead of winter. Serve it with a little lemon curd or some fresh whipped cream.
Sifting the dry ingredients three times might seem excessive (speaking as someone who almost never sifts, I feel your pain), but in this context it really is necessary. Any little clumps of flour or sugar could totally throw off the end result, so put in that elbow grease. You won’t be sorry.