This is a great variation on a traditional pound cake. It’s made with whole pecans and dried cranberries that are suspended in a delicious lemon flavored cake. The lemon flavor is enhanced by a sweet tart glaze. Dried cranberries and pecan pieces on top make this loaf extra special.
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray the inside of a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Make the batter for the pound cake: Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl, set aside. Combine butter, sugar and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium speed for 3-5 minutes until the butter lightens and becomes fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time at medium speed, scraping down side of bowl frequently, then beat in juice and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add in flour mixture until just incorporated. Stir in ½ cup cranberries and ¾ cup pecan halves. Bake cake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes then turn out onto a rack to cool.
Make the lemon glaze and serve the cake: In a small saucepan, combine the powdered sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer over low heat until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add the lemon zest. Set aside. Transfer cake to a serving platter. Pour the glaze over the cake. Top with the remaining dried cranberries and pecans.