Pound Cake Recipe

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This soft, buttery pound cake recipe is perfect by itself or topped with fresh fruit. It bakes up great in a bundt pan or loaf pan too!

Perfect for brunching or afternoon tea, this pound cake recipe is a great addition to your dessert rotation. It’s a classic and rivals other delicious favorites like our Fresh Strawberry Cake and Funfetti Sheet Cake.

slice of pound cake on a dessert plate with fresh berries

Pound Cake Recipe

A great pound cake recipe is a must. I think I nailed it too! Pound cake is great to top with macerated berries, icing, or just eat plain. I chose to eat it with fresh berries and my kiddo added a little Reese’s spread to his.

looking down at a pound cake made in a bundt pan

How to make pound cake

We’ve got a great video for you to watch below with the printable recipe, but here are some general instructions for baking your pound cake:

  1. Preheat your oven and prepare a bundt pan.
  2. Mix together butter and sugar, then add vanilla and eggs.
  3. Separately mix together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to the butter mixture and combine everything together then pour batter into the bundt pan.
  5. Bake for about an hour, then remove from the oven and cool slightly before turning out onto a flat surface to release the cake from the pan.

Tips and Tricks

Bundt pans can make anything look pretty, no matter how plain it is. There are a couple of important things to remember when using a bundt pan though.

  1. Always grease generously and flour the pan. If you’re making a chocolate cake, you can use cocoa powder instead of flour too. I’ve tried the cooking spray with flour added and some of the sprays work and some don’t. My go-to is the Baker’s Joy baking spray, but don’t inhale while spraying it. It will make you cough a lung up.
  2. The second tip is to let the freshly baked bundt cake cool for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a cake plate. After it’s turned upside down, let it rest for 5 minutes upside down in the pan before you start tapping the pan. If it comes out before the 5 minutes are up, that’s even better.

pound cake recipe made in a bundt pan and topped with fresh berries

Pound Cake Varieties

You can make different flavors of pound cake by adding extracts, zests, and fresh fruit.

  • Lemon, lime, or orange – Instead of adding 1 tablespoon of vanilla, add 2 teaspoons of the flavored extract, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and the zest of 1 lemon, lime, or orange.
  • Blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry – Add 1 to 2 cups of fresh berries into a bowl with 1 tablespoon of flour. Stir to coat the berries and fold into the mixed batter before baking.
  • Rum, maple, or caramel – Substitute the 1 tablespoon of vanilla with 2 teaspoons of flavored extract and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add more or less extract depending on how you prefer it.

How to freeze cake

Cakes hold up really well in the freezer for up to 6 months if properly stored. Cool the cake completely and slice into individual pieces. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap or parchment paper and place in a freezer bag or airtight container. Thaw overnight and enjoy.

To freezer the entire pound cake as a whole cake, you will still want to wrap it as tightly as possible and place in a large airtight container.

pound cake on a cake stand with a slice taken out

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Pound Cake Recipe

4.66 from 20 votes
This soft, buttery Pound Cake Recipe is perfect by itself or topped with fresh fruit. It bakes up great in a bundt pan or loaf pan too!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 400kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • fresh berries for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan. Tap out any excess flour.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar. Beat on medium with a hand mixer until creamed. 
  • Add the vanilla extract and the eggs one at a time. Beat each egg in before adding the next. Scrape the sides of the bowl. 
  • In a separate bowl, add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. 
  • Measure out the milk.
  • Alternately add the flour and milk always starting and ending with the flour. I added the flour in 3 parts and the milk in 2 parts. Scrape down the sides and mix to combine.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Spread it out evenly in the pan using a spatula. 
  • Place into the oven and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  • Let cool for 5 minutes and turn out onto a cake plate. Let it rest for another 5 minutes. Tap the bundt pan with a knife to help loosen the cake from the pan.
  • Garnish with fresh berries.

Notes

For best results, let the freshly baked bundt cake cool for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a cake plate. After it's turned upside down, let it rest for 5 minutes upside down in the pan before you start tapping the pan. 

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 6gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 308mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 595IUCalcium: 49mgIron: 1.6mg

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Miranda

Hi! I'm Miranda and the dessert blogger behind the blog Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt! When I'm not slinging butter and eggs, I love to hang out with my son and hubby.

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  1. The recipe came out great! Sadly, I didn’t have a bundt pan, and apparently I also don’t have any loaf pans. So I ended up making pound muffins instead. The cook time was half of the normal recipe, but they came out great! Everyone loved them, and they’re perfect for strawberry short cake!

  2. I live in Denver, Colorado, 5,280 feet elevation.
    What changes need to be made to the recipe for use at 5,280 feet elevation?
    Thank you.

  3. This came out absolutely perfect!!! Will be my go-to recipe for sure.
    I baked mine in a toaster oven, and it was done in just under an hour at 325.

  4. I tried it twice. The suggested oven temp was too low for me. It took the cake almost two hours to cook. I put the oven on 350 and it cooked in the time the recipe said it would. My family loves this cake. It only lasts about 3 days in my house.

    1. I’m glad you were able to make it work for you! It works great for me at the temperature listed. Just keep in mind that ovens can vary. Have you ever tested the temp of yours? You can buy an oven thermometer for about $6 on Amazon to check.

      1. Hi, I haven’t tested my oven’s temp. But I found if I preheat it like the recipe calls then turn it up to 400° then it cooks like it’s supposed to. I’ve made it so many times now and I find tweeting the temp makes it come out perfect. Thanks, I think I will invest in that thermometer!

  5. I made this cake for Thanksgiving dinner and there was not one drop left! I had to make another one for the house the next day! I substituted the milk with half-n-half. Delicious!!!

  6. I wish I could give this recipe 200 stars!
    Every time I would attempt making a cake from scratch it would turn into a complete disaster. Something always went wrong. But during Covid 19 I decided that this was one skill I had to perfect. I tried this recipe and the cake was perfect, bakery perfect to be exact. I was convinced it once a one time event. I have made this cake several times now and it cones out perfect each time!!! Even after I omitted the baking soda and baking powder (my husband’s tummy doesn’t tolerate both leavening agents). Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this awesome recipe!

    With Love from
    Nassau, Bahamas

    1. Hi Sophia, Thank you for the review and the 5 stars! So glad you were able to make this recipe work for you. Stay safe!

  7. Great recipe and it was a huge hit with my family. Making this for a second time and just about to take out of the oven. Smells amazing 🙂

  8. A delicious poundcake recipe! I made it for a strawberry shortcake for my family and it got rave reviews. The outside was slightly crusty but not too thick and hard. Overall really light and delicious. I found that it only needed an hour, but be sure to follow the instructions for removing it from the pan because it was very effective. Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. This cake is so fantastic. My bundt pan is a bit thicker than most, so I had to bake an extra 15 mins on top of the suggested hour and 15 minutes, but it came out really tender, tasty, and the crust is crisp. I love this cake!

    1. I haven’t tried any mix-ins. I’d worry they’d just fall to the bottom, but it would be worth a shot.

  10. This is a absolutely delicious and moist pound cake recipe. I have made it several times now and every time it’s a winner!! I added vanilla extract and almond extract …. so delicious. I would like to do a glaze but it isn’t good as is. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  11. This recipe is so easy and quick to make and it tastes amazing!!! The first time I made this it was for a berry trifle. This is my second time making it and I’m just going to be adding a quick easy powdered sugar icing with some fresh fruit. Can’t wait!!!!

  12. I appreciate the simple ingredients.. it didnt require sour cream or cream cheese or vegetable shortening.. and it came out fantastic!! I’m serving it wth sliced strawberries!!

  13. This pound cake had a sweet light flavor. The outside of the cake was slightly crunchy and full of flavor.

  14. Made this cake a few times it is one of my favorite cakes to make. My Family reallyl love it. I usually icing it with creamcheese frosting. Delicious. Thank you??❤️??

  15. when i made the batter it smelt so good then when i tried it i wanted to eat the whole thing before I even put it in the oven I’m only 12 but it was easy to cook and smelt delicious and tasted even better and the best part was it looked exactly like the picture I’m writing this recipe down!!!

  16. Awesome recipe! I’m making it today for the 3rd time. However my cakes ? keep coming out dark. Only on the sides and bottom. My pan is dark/nonstick. Should I adjust the over temp? And if so any suggestions?

    1. Oven temperatures can vary, so adjusting the temp could help. Try lowering it by 25 degrees and see if that does the trick.

  17. my first pound cake and it was wonderful. I don’t usually make comments but this was great, family loved it. My only change was I used vanilla almond milk because that was what I had on hand. Really a great vanilla flavor

  18. I normally like to make a recipe the first time exactly as posted then adjust to my taste after that if I need to, but I was in the middle of making this when I realized I was out of milk. I substituted buttermilk instead and it came out fantastic. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you! Without being there it’s hard to say what may have happened so I can only speculate. Could be oven temperature, over-mixing or even humidity or altitude.

  19. Made individual mini cakes…came out perfect, nice & moist. A spoonful of rhubarb sauce, Garnish w/ a mint leaf…pretty & delicious!!

  20. Great recipe! And, a shout out to @Karlie. I recently moved and couldn’t find my bundt pan…so used 2 loaf pans. Worked perfectly. Thanks!

  21. This is the best pound cake I ever tasted! It stays moist after many days. I suck at baking but this was so easy for me to do and the result came out really great! I also like the fact that it is not too sweet, everything is perfect regarding this recipe!

  22. This is the best pound cake recipe I ever made . The cake was yummy and stayed moist for almost a week ? . Would definitely recommend this to everyone. Best decision I made to go with your recipe. Thank you

    1. Pound cake is pretty dense for cupcakes. I would find a yellow cake recipe and use that instead.

  23. Hello, I made this recipe and it is the best pound cake I
    have ever had!! Do you have a Chocolate pound cake
    recipe, preferably without added Chocolate in it other
    than cocoa?

  24. Your recipe and your comments are original and well worth the read. Thank you.
    I’ve been looking for a recipe similar to my mom’s … yours came the closest.

  25. Well, it isn’t my grandmas but it’s just as good!
    Super moist and baked up just like the picture.

  26. Great recipe and well explained too. I am too much into baking, will surely try. Hope comes out good. Three cheers for you ??

  27. Hello! Can you please tell me the size in cm of the pan? I’m looking forward to bake this cake ? thanks ?

  28. I halfed the recipe and made it in a loaf pan. Baked for a hour, served with a strawberries sauce. It turned out perfect!!♡

  29. I usually can’t bake to save my life. This is the first cake I’ve baked that actually came out how it supposed too. I didn’t had vanilla extract so I added a little almond extract instead. It’s delicious. We had it with warm custard.
    Thank you for posting this recipe. I will definitely make this 100 more times.

  30. Tried this recipe with my granddaughter this evening…it’s heavenly! Everyone loved it, and we made a nice blueberry sauce to go with it. Thank you for sharing!

  31. Delicious cake.
    I like this pound cake recipe very much. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Waiting for the next post…

  32. I have been searching and trying and searching and trying pound cake recipe. Will try this one very soon . Just has to comment on the “cough a lung up when using Baker’s Joy. I thought it was just me that this had an affect on. LOL.

  33. Light, beautiful, flavorful and savory. This cake is GREAT with fresh fruit or just by itself. I’m going to add some lemon zest the next time around for that hint of lemon. Yummmm

  34. Made this recipe for a work party and it was a huge hit! A coworker has Celiac’s disease, so I substituted King Arthur’s gluten free flour (same measurement), and it turned out great.

  35. This. Is. Amazing! Perfect flavor, perfect texture. Just made one for some friends for their Valentine’s dinner. Drizzled with dark chocolate ganache and garnished with strawberries. Thanks for the recipe!

  36. Love this! I replaced the Vanilla with Orange Extract and it was a big hit! It was just what my coffee needed. ?

  37. I’m excited to make my first pound cake for my husband’s bday today. I looked at several recipes and picked yours because most of them required at least 6 eggs and I only have 4 in the house. It is -20 degrees outside in Chicago and I’m not about to go out to the store for more eggs, so happy to find this. Hope it turns out great!

    1. Pound cake is naturally a dense cake. I haven’t tried this recipe with cake flour but I don’t see how it could ruin it.

  38. I’m excited to try this, as a brand new baker. I so appreciate the tips for the bundt pan.
    I’m wondering what you think of using substituting almond milk for the cow’s milk?

    1. Yes, you can make this in a loaf pan. Just watch the cooking time. (I haven’t tried this recipe in a loaf pan myself).

  39. You have 1 T for vanilla extract does that mean tablespoon or 1 tbs
    Ingredients
    1 cup butter room temperature
    2 cups granulated sugar
    4 large eggs
    1 T. vanilla extract
    2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 cup milk
    fresh berries for garnis

    1. In baking, the abbreviations are T=tablespoon and tsp=teaspoon. I do try to make sure that the measurements are spelled out and missed this one.

  40. Thanks a lot for showing me how to make my first pound cake and everyone who had some said this is a very good pound cake and now I am making 3 for my family .again thanks for all your help.

  41. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. This was my first time making a pound cake from scratch, and it came out pretty good! I can’t wait to make my next homemade cake ?!

  42. I made this recipe and it was delicious. I sold it at an office silent auction bake sale and my office raved about how wonderful it was. The person that ‘won’ the auction called the cake ‘addictive’. Come to find out I misread the recipe and added a 1 pound of butter instead of 1 cup. Apparently it was a hit! Give it a try!