Easy Pound Cake Recipes – The Ultimate Pound Cake Guide

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  • Looking for Pound Cake Recipes? Pound Cake is one of the most delicious and beautiful treats to serve to friends and family. It’s moist, decadent, and so easy to make. This guide will answer all of your questions about making Easy Pound Cake Recipes, plus I’m giving you the Best Pound Cake Recipes to inspire you!

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    The Best Pound Cake Recipes

    Oh, pound cake. I gain all the pounds just by looking at these recipes! Do you think that’s why it’s called pound cake? (True story: it’s called that because back in the day, it was made with one pound of each ingredient because it was easy to remember!)

    Seriously, though- it’s one of our favorite, most-requested desserts in this house. I have shared several of my favorite recipe variations with you over the years. With that in mind, I wanted to create a guide that would help you build your very own pound cake recipe repertoire! 

    Pound cake features the most tender, delicate crumb- moist, full of decadent buttery flavor, and it’s so easy to customize for the seasons. 

    This guide will discuss my favorite baking tools, along with the best molds and pans for your pound cake baking needs. We’ll go over temperature guidelines, baking techniques, and so much more!

    It’s your one-stop shop for learning my favorite tips, tricks and recipes. Get your stretchiest yoga pants ready- this is a baking extravaganza you’re going to treasure! 

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    In this guide we’ll talk about:

    • The basic tools you need in your kitchen
    • How to make pound cake (my classic recipe included)
    • Answers to all of your pound cake questions
    • So many of my easy recipes that are perfect for entertaining

    Pound Cake Essential Tools

    The ultimate joy of most of these recipes is that they require very few ingredients. It’s all about that butter, friends! However, there are some essential tools you should have in your kitchen to create the best possible pound cake recipes.

    White tray with a dark cake loaf resting on top.

    Here are a few basic kitchen tools you’ll need to get started.

    CLASSIC ESSENTIAL BAKING TOOLS

    THE BEST PANS FOR POUND CAKE

    You can use any loaf pan or bundt cake pan for these cake recipes. I love that they are so beautiful to present and serve when baked in a beautiful shape, though- it makes them feel so elevated and special! 

    A pumpkin shaped pound cake loaf, on a white tray.

    Another one of the ultimate tricks to keep in your baking toolbox? My free printable measurement conversion chart

    Essential Ingredients

    When it comes to the beginning of baking season, I like to have a few things on hand at all times. If you know you’re entertaining guests frequently throughout the holiday season, it’s so helpful to keep a few things in your pantry and fridge so you can always create something delicious on a whim! 

    A white rectangular tray, slices of a pound cake recipe covered in a glaze, apples in background.

    You don’t need a cake mix! I promise – you won’t believe how simple and delicious this recipe is! My traditional pound cake is made with the following ingredients:

    • butter – Friends, I use salted butter. I know, I know, that’s not what many traditional bakers use in their baking, but I like a little salty flavor next to my sweet. Since pound cakes don’t traditionally call for a lot of salt, salted butter works well. Room temperature, always! 
    • sugar –  Use a classic granulated white sugar. Save the powdered sugar for the glaze recipes I have linked below! 
    • eggs – I generally keep large size eggs on hand and that’s what I use here. Eggs act as the glue that holds your baking together, plus they help your baked goods rise to the top!  
    • flour- all-purpose flour is perfect for these recipes! No need to sift.
    • milk – you can use any kind of milk you have on hand.
    • vanilla – I can’t stress this enough- don’t skip out and use an imitation vanilla. Buy a high quality vanilla extract, or make your own homemade vanilla! You won’t believe how simple it is to make your own vanilla- and I even gave you a beautiful free printable label! 

    Six staple ingredients, one great cake you’ll make again and again! 

    Printable Easy Pound Cake Recipe

    Easy Pound Cake Recipe

    This Easy Pound Cake Recipe is always a crowd pleaser! It's rich, with incredible texture. It's tender, moist and dense with vanilla flavor. You'll make this Traditional Pound Cake again and again - it's perfect for Easter, Mother's Day, birthdays, or an incredible treat! It's moist, delicious and made with just 6 staple ingredients!

    Keyword easy pound cake, easy pound cake recipe, glaze, pound cake, pound cake recipe
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
    Servings 10
    Calories 241 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 2 sticks butter softened
    • 1 1/2 c sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 c flour
    • 3/4 c milk
    • 2 tsp vanilla

    Instructions

    1. Grease 1 lb bread pan and preheat oven to 300 degrees.
    2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until light in color {about 3 minutes}. Gradually incorporate sugar and beat until fluffy.
    3. Add eggs one at a time and blend in on low.
    4. Alternate adding flour and milk, add vanilla until smooth.
    5. Pour into bread pan and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes {use toothpick test to confirm}.
    6. Allow to cool and top with glaze.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    Tips:

    • Bring butter (and eggs) to room temperature
    • Don’t over beat.

    Variations:

    Use the extract of your choice to change the flavor.

    Add a glaze

    Nutrition Facts
    Easy Pound Cake Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 241 Calories from Fat 18
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 2g3%
    Saturated Fat 1g5%
    Cholesterol 51mg17%
    Sodium 29mg1%
    Potassium 69mg2%
    Carbohydrates 50g17%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 31g34%
    Protein 5g10%
    Vitamin A 101IU2%
    Calcium 32mg3%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    White tray with a dark cake loaf resting on top, glaze dripping onto surface.

    The Best Baking Tips for These Recipes

    I have a few tips for baking these recipes to ensure that you always get the very best results! 

    • First, set your oven to just 300 degrees. This is lower than most of your baking, and it’s with good reason! 
    • Use a high quality baking spray. This ensures a clean, proper release. You won’t regret it! 
    • Be patient! These cakes bake at a lower temperature, for longer than many other cakes- my recipes require at least one hour of bake time. 
    • Do not overbeat your batter- alternate ingredients exactly as stated in directions.
    • Pour into loaf pan allowing space to compensate for rise {discard or use excess batter in mini loaf pans}.

    A pumpkin shaped pound cake loaf, on a white tray.

    • Bring ingredients to room temperature so that you achieve the perfect crumb.
    • Use full-fat ingredients for the best results (no margarine, no low fat cream cheese). You get the idea! 
    • Bake until a toothpick comes out clean and the crust is golden brown.
    • If baking in miniature loaf pans, reduce baking time to 50 minutes.
    • Double all of these recipes to fill a bundt pan.

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    Pound Cake Variations

    Add An Extract

    Use the high quality extract of your choice to change the flavor. Some options include:

    • Almond Extract
    • Lemon Extract
    • Orange Extract
    • Rum Extract

    Add A Glaze

    These are a few of my favorite glaze recipe that work so well on pound cakes!

    Fold Ins

    • Apples
    • Pears
    • Cranberries
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
    • Strawberries
    • Bananas
    • Lemon Zest
    • Lime Zest
    • Orange Zest
    • Chocolate Chips
    • Walnuts
    • Pecans
    • Pistachios
    • Almonds
    • Poppyseed
    • Cinnamon Sugar
    • Pumpkin Pureé

    Glaze pouring onto a pound cake, lemons in the background.

    How to Store Pound Cake

    Store covered at room temperature – an upside down bowl will do, for up to five days. Once you cut into this cake, moisture begins to escape. Use plastic wrap to cover the exposed slice. Sliced pound cake keeps for 3-4 days.

    White counter top with a pound cake resting on top, glaze dripping onto surface.

    Can You Freeze Pound Cake? 

    Absolutely! In fact, frozen pound cake is sold in the freezer section of grocery stores with good reason! All the butter in this cake keeps it moist and flavorful even after time in the freezer.

    While most cakes freeze beautifully, pound cake is especially wonderful directly from the freezer. I would suggest freezing for up to three months.

    Simply wrap your pound cake in plastic wrap – you can add an extra layer of aluminum foil for a secondary layer of frost resistance. Add a heavy duty freezer bag and label appropriately.

    You’ll have an incredible dessert at a moment’s notice when guests arrive! You can freeze with or without a glaze- your choice. Just remove from freezer and bring to room temperature on the day of serving. So delicious! 

    A white rectangular tray, slices of a pound cake recipe covered in a glaze, apples in background.

    What to Serve With Pound Cake

    There are so many ways to have fun with this dessert- that’s the beauty of it! It’s gorgeous and delicious to serve completely on its own, believe me…but adding a few elements of surprise can delight guests as well! 

    1. Add a dollop of homemade whipped cream and a side of berries. You will never regret making homemade whipped cream.
    2. Slice your cake into cubes and layer it with whipped cream and fruit in a pretty glass for beautiful individual parfaits. 
    3. Top with Greek yogurt and your favorite kind of nuts or granola to pretend you’re going a little healthier. Cake for breakfast- are you with me? 
    4. Slice and serve with delicious homemade jelly or jam on top – you can even make sandwiches or serve tiny jam sandwiches for parties. So sweet! 
    5. Top your pound cake with any of my homemade no churn ice cream recipes. Why not?  

    White counter top with a pound cake resting on top, glaze dripping onto surface, lemons in background.

    The BEST Pound Cake Recipes

    I love sharing my favorite recipes with you, and I am so excited to add to this list with more delicious ideas in the months ahead. I truly enjoy creating inventive, seasonally appropriate dessert recipes that you and your will enjoy! Here are a few more of my favorites:

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    DID YOU MAKE ONE OF THESE RECIPES?
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