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5-Ingredient Pound Cake

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Pound cake is a classic in any baker's recipe repertoire. It's perfect for most occasions—picnics, parties, and brunch— and it can be enjoyed any time of year. As a bonus, it keeps well so you can easily make it ahead of time, then slice and serve when you're ready. And this recipe is so easy: One bowl and five ingredients are all you need…

Why It's Called 'Pound Cake'

Pound cake is an "equal-ratio" cake. In fact, that's where the name "pound cake" comes from! The original pound cake recipe required exactly one pound each of granulated sugar, flour, unsalted butter, and eggs. While you won't need a full pound of each for this recipe, the ingredients for this recipe for traditional pound cake haven't been altered too much; just enough to make a nicely balanced cake that fits nicely in a loaf pan. Many pound cake recipes call for cake flour, but all-purpose flour works just fine here. Baking powder is also used to work its leavening magic in the baking process.

Pound Cake Variations

Pound cake is wonderful on its own, but you can jazz up your dessert plate by topping it with berries and whipped cream or diced apples, depending on the season. Ice cream also makes an excellent sidekick. Or you can frost your cake, dust it with powdered sugar, or lightly drizzle it with a glaze before serving to make it your own.

If you regularly make pound cake, it's sometimes fun to mix it up and try something new. While this is a basic pound cake recipe, you can customize it with the following variations to add different dimensions of flavor. Here are a few other recipes to consider and play with for a different pound cake experience:

Vanilla Pound Cake: This recipe uses 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in the batter.

Lemon Pound Cake: This one uses 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and includes a lemon glaze.

Almond Pound Cake: This recipe includes 8 oz. of almond paste. It also calls for vanilla extract, but you can substitute it with almond extract.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake: This one calls for 8 oz. of cream cheese in place of some of the butter.

Sour Cream Pound Cake: This recipe uses a little more than a cup of sour cream in place of some of the butter.

To serve and serve again

To prevent it from drying out, store leftover pound cake in an airtight container. Make sure the cake is completely cool before placing it into the container. Stored pound cake will keep for several days at room temperature, up to one week when refrigerated, or up to two months when frozen.

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  • nonstick cooking spray (or butter)
  • 1 cup salted butter (softened, at room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
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    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    2. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan liberally with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
    3. Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the ingredients together on medium speed for 3-4 minutes, or until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 15-20 seconds between each and scraping inside of bowl occasionally, until the mixture is smooth and combined.
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    Calories290Calories from Fat150
    Total Fat17g26%
    Saturated Fat10g50%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat150
    Total Carbohydrate31g10%
    Dietary Fiber<1g2%
    Vitamin A10%
    Vitamin C

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    FlavorfulHomeChef 2 months ago
    Great recipe and great results better than the standard pound cake recipe and tastes just as yummy
    I think it tastes very yummy! if you don't like sweet though then its not the recipe for you. I tweaked the recipe because i didn't have all the ingredients but i put in 1 cup of flour half bread flour and half regular cooked for 45 min it will melt in your mouth. will make more
    Eunice S. 3 months ago
    This came out great! I was a bit worried initially because I had put it in the oven before reading the reviews... I also used a Bundt pan if that matters.
    Nel Adamczyk 5 months ago
    Delicous! Just amazing. 11/10 would reccomend
    Shea Tiner 6 months ago
    The pound cake was ok. A little dry after 50 minutes. I made mine without vanilla but I recommend doing it with vanilla. Add fresh fruit if you don't use vanilla.
    Linda Spruell 8 months ago
    It came out pretty dry
    Sofia Freiburger 9 months ago
    it was really good but also a bit dry i had it in the oven for and hour and we just toasted it and put butter and a bit of jam
    Monique a year ago
    I made this cake and at 50 minutes it was still too dry. It lacked pound cake taste. It was easy to make but it sacrificed the taste.
    Diane H. a year ago
    This recipe is really easy. Do not leave in oven for 1 hour because the cake will be dry. I did add vanilla flavoring.
    Marcela a year ago
    I made this pound cake two times. First time I just added vanilla and, baking time in my oven was 50min (read other reviews and everyone seem to agreed that 1hr was way to long, which could be why is too dry for a few people) turned super moist and flavorful, loved how easy and simple it is. Second time added vanilla (1tsp), fresh blueberries (1cup) and the end in the batter as well as lemon zest. Kept the 50min in the oven. Results: Everyone LOVED IT!
    Melissa a year ago
    I read the comments that it was dry so I added in about 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt and 1 tsp vanilla. I had to cook it for about 45 minutes. It was fairly moist and flavor was okay. But I have other pound cake recipes that I think are better. Overall it was good but not amazing.
    Hafsah Hussain a year ago
    It turned out better than I thought 👍 It was very fluffy
    Infinito a year ago
    It was good a bit dry but I will make it again
    Jill a year ago
    Yum! This recipe vs a pound cake from a reputable bakery in my area....I’ll take this homemade recipe!! It didn’t last very long in my house...it disappeared within a day...let’s just say, I needed some extra workout time!! 😂
    I’m making it the second time but this time I added a vanilla extract
    westendorf a year ago
    Great I love it! Taste amazing with strawberry’s! My new desert for parties,
    Brock Nessa a year ago
    I loved it used a little bit of vanilla (1 teaspoon) and it was awesome
    Adam Kneznekoff a year ago
    This recipie is easy and fairly good for begginers. I suggest adding vanilla for some extra goodness.
    Aeriel Simmons a year ago
    I made my own out of it. I added a little bit of cinnamon and some yogurt, and also some vanilla extract. Was some of the next cake I have had.
    Stephanie Henson a year ago
    This is a Very easy recipe. It’s very dry, but has an okay flavor. Doesn’t need to be cooked for an hour.
    Avalei Jane a year ago
    Pretty good, a little dense and dry though. I think it’s because I put it in extra time thinking I may have put too much in. Probably should check at 40 minute mark. Overall pretty tasty though!
    Sara Ramberger a year ago
    perfect!! Amazing cake!!
    · a year ago
    This was actually really good, I tried it because of how simple the recipe it is and it came out nicely. Just gotta make sure to keep checking the cake after the 40 minute mark. But it's pretty good ✨
    Nico Villa a year ago
    Really good!! It fluffed up quite nicely and was super yummy! 😋
    Lindsey a year ago
    We accidentally used 1tsp baking powder, and used a 1.75QT round glass baking dish. Baked for an hour and 10 minutes at 350 and it turned out wonderful!
    Milu Lu a year ago
    amazing! best recipe ever!
    Fernanda Castro a year ago
    Im usually bad with cakes, however, this one came out quite good. I added some chocolate chips and coconut about to expire and it gave a twist.
    Ashton a year ago
    Amazing just perfect
    Susanna F. a year ago
    yummy with fresh berries folded into the batter before baking
    laila a year ago
    it was soo good 5 star's