classic pound cake

The Best Pound Cake

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 1 hr
  • Total time: 1 hr and 20 min

Soft, buttery, perfectly sweet and supremely soft, this pound cake recipe is the tastiest you’ll ever have. We broke it down so you have a step-by-step guide to make the best pound cake.

Cakes & Cupcakes
June 14, 2023
The Best Pound Cake
  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 1 hr
  • Total time: 1 hr and 20 min
classic pound cake

Soft, buttery, perfectly sweet and supremely soft, this pound cake recipe is the tastiest you’ll ever have. We broke it down so you have a step-by-step guide to make the best pound cake.

The Best Pound Cake

Soft, buttery, perfectly sweet and supremely soft, this pound cake recipe is the tastiest you’ll ever have. We broke it down so you have a step-by-step guide to make the best pound cake.

classic pound cake

The Best Pound Cake Recipe

I know this pound cake might look like an unassuming, boring old vanilla cake, but I swear to you it will be one of the best things to ever hit your tastebuds. After all, it is a classic dessert for a reason. Using just 10 simple ingredients, this cake is rich and buttery with a tender, velvety crumb that is irresistible. You can use this recipe as a base for stir-ins or different flavorings or as a foundation for a glaze, luxurious frosting, or whipped cream and strawberries for a strawberry shortcake treat.

Or if you’re a purist like me, you’ll love this pound cake just as it is–it’s plenty delicious on it’s own.

classic pound cake recipe cut into slices

Why is pound cake called pound cake?

I alway assumed that pound cake was called pound cake because it’s a pretty dense (but not dry–this bad boy is melt in your mouth soft) and heavy, like, I won’t lie the loaf has some heft to it. Upon further research, pound cake is actually called pound cake because the original recipe was made with one pound of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. While this pound cake recipe doesn’t follow that 1:1:1:1 ratio, that is where we started for this recipe. We tweaked those quantities to the absolute perfect ratios to get a beautiful pound cake.

So I guess we can call this pound-ish cake.

slice of pound cake

Ingredients for classic pound cake

Pound cake is made with super simple pantry staples so you can whip this up whenever you get a craving. I personally was raised on the Sara Lee one you can buy at the grocery store, but I have to say homemade is way better and super quick to throw together with these 10 simple ingredients:

  • Unsalted Butter: The key to a tender and moist pound cake starts with good butter. We love Vermont Creamery’s butter, but any other high quality butter brand will do the trick here!
  • Granulated Sugar: Sugar will keep your pound cake sweet and also uber soft. We prefer to use granulated sugar, but in the fall a brown sugar pound cake is every bit as tasty.
  • Eggs: This recipe only calls for a small amount of baking powder (many pound cake recipes don’t use any at all!), so most of the rise and structure comes from beating your eggs into the batter. Be sure your eggs are at room temperatures so that they seamlessly incorporate into the batter.
  • Vanilla Extract + Almond Extract: A combination of mostly vanilla extract and a hint of almond extract makes this pound cake taste seriously gourmet.
  • Sour Cream: Sour cream makes this pound cake super moist and adds a slight tang that perfectly complements the sweetness.
  • Milk: Rather than using all sour cream for your wet ingredients, we like to use sour cream and milk. The milk will lighten up the pound cake a bit so that it’s not too dense!
  • All Purpose Flour: All purpose flour will give your pound cake a soft, tender crumb. Be sure to measure your flour properly, really fluffing it up before spooning and leveling it into your measuring cup!
  • Baking Powder: A half teaspoon of baking powder will give your cake the perfect rise without creating too many big air bubbles.
  • Salt: All baked goods need a little salt to offset the sweetness and deepen the flavor and this pound cake is no exception!

classic pound cake ingredients

Step by step guide to the best pound cake ever

Pound cake is a very straight forward recipe, but we’ll break it down step by step to take out any guess work for you! You can make this pound cake with a hand mixer or stand mixer, or even by hand with a whisk if you’re up for an arm workout!

Step 1: Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. granulated sugar and butter in a bowl

Step 2: Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract and beat until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

Make sure your eggs are at room temperature so that they beat up smoothly into the pound cake batter!

how to make the best pound cake

Step 3: Scrape down the bowl and add half of the dry ingredients to the mixture. Fold together until just mixed.

Step 4: Add the sour cream and milk and mix together until just combined.

pound cake batter being mixed

Step 5: Add the rest of the dry ingredients and fold together until just combined and no streaks of flour remain.

It’s important to not overmix the pound cake batter once you’ve added in the flour. Once the flour has been added gluten bonds will start to form and if you mix the batter too much your cake will end up tough and bready!

Step 6: Bake until golden brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out mostly clean!

classic pound cake recipe

What should you serve your pound cake with?

Pound cake is the perfect foundation for all sorts of fun flavor pairing. I’m a pound cake purist and love to eat a slice all on it’s own (it’s delicious when you refrigerate it), but there are so many options for serving this up for a crowd. Some of our favorites include:

  • With a dusting of powdered sugar
  • Alongside whipped cream and fresh fruit
  • Drizzled with a vanilla glaze
  • Cut into cubes and layered with fruit, whipped cream, or chocolate ganache for a stunning trifle
  • Served with clotted cream and lemon curd for a fancy shmancy afternoon tea

Happy baking, my friends!

XXX

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classic pound cake
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american

Pound Cake

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Soft, buttery, lightly sweet and supremely soft, this pound cake recipe is the best you’ll ever have. We broke it down so you have a step by step guide to make the best pound cake you’ll ever have!

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and generously butter a standard size loaf pan on all sides.
    2. In a stand mixer fit with the whisk attachment, combine the softened butter and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
    3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs in one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the vanilla and almond extract and mix well.
    4. In a separate mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and stir to combine.
    5. Add about half of the flour mixture to the bowl of the mixer and mix until just combined. Add the sour cream and milk and mix until just combined. Add the remaining flour and mix until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Do not over mix.
    6. Transfer the batter into your prepared pan and use a silicone spatula to spread into an even layer.
    7. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes back mostly clean and the loaf is golden brown.*

Notes

  1. If your cake starts to brown, place a piece of tinfoil tented over the top of it!

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  1. I just made this pound cake this afternoon and it is delicious!!! 350 for 40 minutes still had it raw in the middle , so I bumped the oven up to 375 for another 12 or so minutes and it came out perfect!

  2. So I accidentally read sour cream as cream cheese 😅 It took about another 35mins to bake but it’s absolutely delicious. I used a metal loaf pan and live in Central Oregon 👍 Thank you for the recipe!






  3. Hi there!
    I absolutely loved this! I added blueberries and raspberries.
    I was wondering if i could bake this in a square 9×9 pan? I would love to cut these into bars.
    Do i have to double the recipe or?
    Xxx