Made famous by my Aunt Sue, here’s an easy pound cake recipe that’s guaranteed to deliver a deliciously moist and sweet vanilla pound cake.
I’ve lost count of how many folks have asked for this easy pound cake recipe after I posted a photo of it with Mama’s custard sauce last week. Made famous by my dear Aunt Sue, this one appeared in my first cookbook and is truly the best pound cake recipe I have ever tasted. It is an absolute must-have at our family Thanksgiving and Christmas and we serve it in thick slices with Mama’s custard sauce poured over it – sublime!
Now, when I say this is an easy pound cake recipe, I mean it. All you need are six ingredients and I bet you have most of them in your kitchen right now: eggs, butter, sugar, all-purpose flour, whipping cream, and vanilla extract. It takes about 20 minutes to prep this recipe and then you just need to pop it in the oven. The addition of whipping cream in this pound cake recipe ensures every slice is deliciously moist and tender.
Traditionally, old-fashioned pound cakes were baked in a loaf pan. However, if you don’t have a tube pan, no worries! I make mine in a bundt cake pan instead, anyway. It will turn out just as delicious but you will have the delicious crunchy crust on the bottom instead of the top.
Now, let’s get baking Aunt Sue’s famous pound cake and do her proud! Keep scrolling for lots of fun recipe variations too, so you can make this butter pound cake recipe your own.
- Unsalted butter
- All-purpose flour
- Whipping cream
- Vanilla extract
Grease and flour a tube or bundt pan and set out the eggs and butter to allow them to come to room temperature.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.
Add the eggs, one egg at a time, beating for one minute after each addition.
Sift the flour and add it to the creamed mixture alternately with the whipping cream.
Mix until fully incorporated.
Stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour into the prepared pan and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven to 300 and bake for 80 to 90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool completely before removing from pan and turning the bundt cake out onto a wire rack.
Serve your butter pound cake with Mama’s custard sauce and some fresh berries.
Enjoy the best pound cake recipe ever!
Store your pound cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the entire cake or individual slices for up to 3 months. I recommend double wrapping in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil.
- Here are some fun recipe variations:
- Top your pound cake with a simple vanilla glaze. You’ll need 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a few tablespoons of milk. Mix together until it has a school glue-like consistency and sticks to the back of the spoon and then pour over the cooled cake.
- Swap the vanilla for lemon extract and lemon zest and top your pound cake with a lemon glaze. Use the glaze recipe above and swap the vanilla for lemon juice.
- Swap for almond extract and top your cake with a vanilla glaze, decorated with slivered almonds.
- Opt for peppermint extract and top your cake with a vanilla glaze, decorated with crushed peppermint candy cane pieces for a festive holiday dessert.
- For extra flavor and texture, add up to a cup of shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, fresh berries, chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts are my picks), or dried fruit.
- Instead of a glaze, spread some creamy chocolate frosting on your sweet pound cake.
- Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- You can also use this recipe to make muffins instead. Follow the same instructions but pour the ingredients into a muffin tin and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. This post uses this exact recipe to make mini bundt cakes instead as well.
Why is it called a pound cake?
Traditionally, a classic pound cake was made with a pound of each of the four main ingredients in this recipe: butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
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Pumpkin Praline Cake With Cream Cheese Icing
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- 6 eggs
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks
- 3 cups sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whipping cream also known as heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Grease and flour a tube or bundt pan and set out the eggs and butter to allow them to come to room temperature.6 eggs, 1 cup butter
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one egg at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Sift the flour and add it to the creamed mixture alternately with the whipping cream. Mix until fully incorporated.6 eggs, 1 cup butter, 3 cups sugar, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup whipping cream
- Stir in the vanilla.1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pour the vanilla cake batter into the prepared pan and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven to 300 and bake for 80 to 90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before removing from pan.
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This is my go to pound cake recipe. I looked it up today for a gift and again loved the attached saying- I know exactly how many slams in a screen door. As always, it makes the house smell great. Thanks for giving me so much!
My family’s favorite!
So lovely to hear! Thank you for letting me know, truly makes my day to hear that 🙂
Has anyone ever added strawberries to this recipe?
I have made this before and it is so good! My mom asked me to make 2 for her to take to an event. Would I need to alter the oven temp or cooking time if I do 2 cakes at the same time? Or would it be better to cook them separately one at a time? Thanks!
Can you add cocoa powder to make a chocolate pound cake
Here’s our chocolate pound cake recipe https://www.southernplate.com/chocolate-pound-cake-with-fudge-glaze/
I have made 100’s of sour cream cakes from scratch and never made one without baking powder and salt added to plain flour. I just wanted to be sure it wasn’t a mistake in the recipe before I made this. Thanks
Hi Barb, this recipe is they way I have made it for years. I hope you love it as much as I do when you made it!