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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    NutritionView More

    Sodium7% DV160mg
    Fat26% DV17g
    Protein8% DV4g
    Carbs10% DV31g
    Fiber2% DV<1g
    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.


    Fe 6 days ago
    turned out great! I will make it again.
    Rob 6 days ago
    Very tasty the family loved it
    Young 9 days ago
    it was dry and not enough sugar. need some type of flavor and cook time was too long... tasted it and threw the rest in the trash🤦🏽‍♀️ I'm gonna have to tweak the recipe for next time🤷🏽‍♀️
    gabrielle 18 days ago
    its yumi I love it so much from gabrielle.barker
    Hughes a month ago
    Slightly dry. Cut down on bake time. Add some sort of flavor
    Michelle-Randy C. a month ago
    very good. super easy. i added in some vanilla to add a little warmth. served it with bananas foster. cake itself is a little dry.
    Cecilia Rocha a month ago
    sooo good! I added a little more sugar and cooked it for 40 minutes any longer would have been too much
    Tle a month ago
    I added an package of French vanilla instant pudding it was moist and sweet
    Alyssa Rogers 2 months ago
    I read the comments and adjusted the cooking time to 40 min and added 1/4 extra sugar and vanilla.. it’s still dry. I don’t think the cooking time is the culprit. It needs a 6th ingredient to add moisture. Also, still a bit on the bland side. I will try almond extract next time
    Savanna 2 months ago
    needs more sugar and a little bit of salt but other than that it was good
    Charlotte Pope 2 months ago
    I added a little more sugar and a little less cooking time. It was good!
    Waffle Man 2 months ago
    pretty good but i did use brown sugar
    Jackie 2 months ago
    I doubled the recipe and baked in a Bundt pan. I added 2 teaspoons of almond extract as well. This was delicious! My husband loved it? I will be making this again.
    Fifi 3 months ago
    I made this and it was soo amazing, whole family loved it
    Gartheo B. 3 months ago
    this is a cake that is simple, quick and good that even i can make it.
    Antonia Lopez 3 months ago
    Came out prefect. Crust is golden and delicious.
    Ella B. 3 months ago
    Very good cake...I needed to reduce the cooking time but the cake was a success🤗
    Lisa H. 3 months ago
    it taste good but i over baked it😂
    Edubb 3 months ago
    great! it was easy to make and easy to bake
    Miha Nambara 3 months ago
    This was a pretty easy, and good cake. We ate this cake with ice cream, which was delicious. My only complaint is that it was pretty dry.
    Shereena 3 months ago
    Terrific! Great taste & definitely worth making again.
    Dawnnie Lane 3 months ago
    I added 1 tsp vanilla and it was delicious! Next time I will cook for only 45 mins Other than that perfect!
    Zedef 3 months ago
    It turned out great and i am so happy that they taste amazing
    Happily Natural 4 months ago
    I couldnt find my mixer so I did it by hand and it turned out preety well.
    shamaine59 4 months ago
    A little dry but otherwise tasty
    Tina Green 4 months ago
    It was very bland need some kind of favor
    Alex Meyer 4 months ago
    Very easy; however, would recommend adding more flavoring.
    Belle Metcalf 4 months ago
    Not bad at all! Easy to just throw together and turned out super moist! The flavor wasn't quite what i thought it would be, but maybe that's just me. I'll try a splash of vanilla or almond flavoring next time.
    Shelby Tubbs 4 months ago
    Not much flavor by itself, a little dry.
    Gin 5 months ago
    I did not make it yet, but I plan making it real soon.