Another holiday is almost upon us and I don’t know about you, but it feels like Christmas was just yesterday.  I love going all out for holidays, but sometimes reality sets in and you have to timebox your projects a tad.  You know, so you can actually spend time with your family celebrating said holiday!  If you can relate to life being on warp speed, today’s recipe is definitely for you.  It’s elegant enough for Easter entertaining yet won’t have you in the kitchen all day.  There are no layers to tort or fillings to make, and the frosting is relaxed yet totally delicious.  Plus, we’re being strategic with the prep work and making the most impressive part in advance, leaving us plenty of time to hunt for Easter eggs with the kids!

It all starts with a dense pound cake that bakes up crispy sweet on the outside yet soft and buttery on the inside.  Cream cheese and lemon zest add a mild tang that’s deepened with the help of some lemon extract.  Then comes the super simple icing that is somewhere between a glaze and a cream cheese frosting.  Packed with a powerful punch of lemon, it drips ever so slightly and sets up once refrigerated.  So you don’t have to fuss with making it perfect.  Top with your made-in-advance candied lemon slices and you’ve got Easter dessert in the bag.

These candied lemon slices are what elevates this cake to special-event-worthy.  They’re deliciously sweet and tangy with a chewy candy texture that comes from simmering water and sugar.  Although they take some babying while making, they keep super well and will hang out in the fridge for a week without losing any of their amazingness.  That means you can knock these out way in advance, saving you time later on.

We’re also cutting prep time by coating our Bundt pan with PAM Baking Spray – definitely one of those time savers that every baker can appreciate! PAM Baking Spray combines the no-stick power of PAM with real flour for a specially formulated baking spray that reaches every nook and cranny. It ensures this cake will pop out of the Bundt pan perfectly and leaves up to 99% less residue, which means cleanup is a snap and you won’t waste time scrubbing residue off your Bundt pan.

The best part about this cake is that it works for a number of events.  It can easily be the centerpiece of a bridal shower or a Mother’s Day brunch, even a spring birthday or relaxed summer BBQ.  And of course it works for Easter!  Just dress it up or down with different cake pedestals and linens to fit the occasion.  Serve up a slice of this refreshing cake, bursting with lemony flavor, and get back to celebrating life!