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the best pound cake
the best pound cake

Stepping into the world of Baking often starts with trying out a classic recipe that offers both indulgence and simplicity. One such recipe is my recipe for Easy Pound Cake. A timeless delight, this classic pound cake recipe promises both flavor and ease of making, making it ideal for both beginners and baking experts.

The recipe is my personal favorite and I love it not because of its straight-out-of-the-pantry ingredients but for the rich and buttery flavors that it offers. The final result is a cake so soft, moist, and rich that will melt inside your mouth. I like baking it on those nights when I crave something sweet yet buttery but don’t feel like making anything elaborate.

This Pound Cake is best to satisfy your sweet cravings. So whether you are somebody looking for a sweet and easy treat or a novice, ready to embark on their baking journey, this recipe is for all of you. I have tried keeping everything about this recipe quick and easy so that you can dive into this delectable Pound Cake as soon as possible. Let’s bake it together.

What makes this Easy Pound Cake Recipe so good?

There’s something so delightful about this recipe that goes beyond its feasible list of ingredients and easy instructions, here’s why I find it so special:

Perfect play between Flavours and Textures

The carefully selected range of ingredients creates a perfect balance of textures and flavors that I love. The combination of sugar, butter, and eggs creates a moist and dense batter which is further complimented by the creaminess of sour cream. The sweet and sour flavors of the batter further receive a hint of freshness through the lemon zest, all these together create a perfect symphony of flavors and textures that is sure to be adored.

Foolproof Results

For a large section of people, including myself Baking presents itself as a complicated task, but with this recipe, you can be sure of getting the best results. With its simple ingredients and easily available ingredients, it is an excellent recipe to start your baking journey with.


Although this moist Pound Cake is excellently delicious on its own I like to have it the way it is. It can also be used as a canvas for experimenting with a wide range of toppings and pairings.

You can try just dusting it with some powdered sugar or do something elaborate like topping it up with berry sauce. Everything would go perfectly with this Pound cake and you will be amazed at how its flavor complements so many different toppings so well.

Perfect for any Occasion 

Whether you are looking forward to satisfying your mid-night cravings or for a simple dessert for any of your gatherings or parties, this Pound Cake will do the job for you. I love it as a midnight sweet treat and like to pair it up with different toppings for creating delectable: desserts, and it has been loved by my family and friends every single time. 

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Get to know your Ingredients for Easy Pound Cake 

Before we get straight into the recipe, let’s have a closer look at the ingredients that are used to make this delectable Pound Cake:

Unsalted Butter:

Unsalted butter serves as the backbone of this recipe lending it a rich flavor and a moist texture. Ensure to use unsalted butter at room temperature to make the best pound cake recipe.


What are cakes without sugar? The mild sweetness in this cake is achieved through powdered sugar which also provides a beautiful golden crust to our perfect Pound cake.


Eggs form the base of our Pound Cake, and provide it with a soft yet dense texture that is stable.

Sour cream:

Sour cream is cultured or acidified light cream which makes the cake moist. Sour cream does the dual job of providing the cake with extra creaminess and softness along with adding a subtle sourness to it.

Lemon Zest:

This is my favorite ingredient and my personal touch. Lemon zest adds freshness to the pound cake that compliments its sweet and rich flavors.

Vanilla essence:  

A few drops of vanilla essence can go a long way to further enhance the delectable flavor of your Pound cake. You can also use vanilla extract which is available to you. It gives your cake a vanilla flavor.

All-purpose Flour:

For cake purposes, flour is the most important ingredient. You can also use cake flour for baking cake but for this recipe, we need all-purpose flour. Similarly in this recipe, all-purpose flour provides structure to our pound cake making it stable enough to hold the weight of butter and sugar. The outcome is a soft, rich, and stable pound cake.

Baking Powder:

Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali, bicarbonate of soda, and an acid, cream of tartar, plus a filler like cornflour or rice flour which absorbs moisture. It is essential to make sure that our Easy Butter Pound Cake gets a good rise.

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Easy Pound Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
This Pound Cake Recipe is best to satisfy your sweet cravings. So whether you are somebody looking for a sweet and easy treat or a novice, ready to embark on their baking journey, this easy pound cake recipe is for all of you.


  • 1 cup / 225 g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup / 200 g sugar
  • 1 tbsp / 6 g lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs
  • cup / 76 g sour cream (room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp / 14 ml vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ cup / 185 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp / 4 g baking powder


  • 9X5 Loaf Pan
  • Silicon Brush
  • Electric Whisk
  • Flat spatula


Preparing the Pan

  • Embark on your baking journey by preparing a 9X5 loaf pan. Brush it generously with butter and dust with some flour. Shake off the excess and make sure it is well covered with flour. This step is crucial, as it will help prevent the cake from sticking to the pan and will even add some extra flavor to it.

Creating the Sugar-Butter Symphony

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix in the unsalted butter at room temperature and sugar along with some freshly grated lemon zest. For mixing use a high-power electric whisk to beat this mixture until its creamy and soft peaks have formed. This step is important as the beating helps incorporate air into the batter, which leads to a light and fluffy cake in the end.

Crack the eggs: One at a time

  • Cracking eggs into the cake batter and mixing it is pretty common, but I like to do things my way. So according to me crack one egg into the mixture and give it a good mix using the electric whisk. Take your time and trust this process. Repeat with all the other eggs.

Next Step

  • Next, pour the sour cream and a few drops of vanilla essence into the batter. Beat once again until everything is incorporated. Remember to smell the batter at least once at this stage and you will realize how delicious and heavenly it smells.

Dry Ingredients Hour

  • It’s time to bring our dry ingredients to the baking ground. Sift in the all-purpose flour and baking powder into the creamy batter. Beat the mixture until everything is well combined and the mixture looks homogenously exciting. Make sure to mix it well but in a gentle way and avoid overmixing.

The Final fold

  • Once the mixture is well combined. Put your spatula to work and give the batter a final fold. Do this step gently using the cut-and-fold technique and scrape down the sides to ensure that everything is mixed well.

It’s Baking Time!

  • Gently pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and smoothen the top using the spatula. Carefully tap the pan a few times on your counter to get rid of any big air bubbles. Bake this until a toothpick inserted comes out clean with a few crumbs attached, in a preheated oven at  325°F (165°C) for about 50-60 minutes. It is worth the wait, you’ll know!

Resting and cooling

  • Once the cake is baked and has a golden brown color on top, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool down to room temperature on a wire rack.


  • Once your delicious Pound cake has cooled down completely. Demould it carefully and cut it into 1-inch thick slices. Serve the delicious and Easy Pound Cake as it is or experiment with your favourite toppings.


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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 356kcal (18%) | Carbohydrates: 35g (12%) | Protein: 5g (10%) | Fat: 22g (34%) | Saturated Fat: 13g (81%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg (43%) | Sodium: 34mg (1%) | Potassium: 106mg (3%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 21g (23%) | Vitamin A: 723IU (14%) | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 46mg (5%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

*This calculation is done by assumption calculated by an API. Please use our nutrition information just to get an idea about the recipe, consult a nutritionist if you need exact nutrition information.

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Here are some great Topping Ideas to try with your Butter Pound Cake 

If you are feeling like doing something extra, or you are baking this scrumptious cake for any special occasion, then you would love to pair it with some flavourful toppings. These vanilla cakes are baked in a loaf or bundt pan and often topped with either powdered sugar, icing, or some type of glaze.

Well, I have got it covered for you, here’s a list of my favorite toppings that pair excellently with this butter Cake.


Although this isn’t a topping, but it adds a great crunch to the whole cake. For a crunchy surprise, try combining some chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, and any other nuts of your choice into the batter before baking. 

Citrus Glaze

If you are something who likes to add a zingy twist to their desserts then this one is for you. Mix some powdered sugar with a dash of lemon juice to prepare a glossy glaze. Spread it on top of the cake for a shiny finish and a refreshing edge.

Berry Jam

For all the berry lovers out there, here is their favorite topping option. Either combine some dried berries into the cake batter or finish off your Easy Pound Cake by spreading some berry compote or jam on top. This combination is delicious and is not to miss.

After you have read this amazing recipe, baking a homemade pound Cake might seem like an easy task. But apart from being easy, this recipe takes you on a journey that is full of scrumptious flavor. The rich decadent taste and the ease of making are what make this Pound Cake Recipe, a staple on my dessert menu and you’ll love these pound cake recipes.

So whether you like to enjoy Pound cake, as it is, or love to experiment with flavors, there’s a plethora of toppings that you can combine this Perfect Pound Cake Recipe with. Get set to create this delightful dessert and fill your house with a sweet and warm aroma.

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