The debate came up among my tasters, 'how dense is pound cake supposed to be?' This cake is obviously more dense than the average cake (box mixes included) but was it too dense? Two voted No, one voted Yes and I was just happy that it hadn't exploded in the oven. The post-it for improvements on this recipe reads: follow directions better!, beat longer (beating adds air to the batter and should hypothetically make cakes fluffier and less dense) and try using real lemon (the lemon extract is good but very very strong! maybe real lemon will give a nice but slightly less overpowering flavor?). Overall though, this is a very good very simple recipe. I took the extra cake into work and my co-workers did not seem disappointed!