5-Ingredient Pound Cake Recipe | Yummly

5-Ingredient Pound Cake

Madi Gale: "exactly how its meant to be! however i think the…" Read More


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.


    Madi Gale 13 hours ago
    exactly how its meant to be! however i think the temperature/ timing is slightly off on this rexipe
    Pretty dry but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
    PushingHeaven 5 days ago
    One hour was way too long, I think 40 minutes would have been better. Also it was a little dry as well but overall was really good.
    jessica quaynor 6 days ago
    it was pretty dry, but to moisten it up i pour a mixture of hot water and sugar and fix the out a little
    ercan 6 days ago
    Perfect. I will make this again but maybe with less sugar. And also added chocolate chips
    Kinley F. 6 days ago
    Took longer than expected to make but was pretty good.
    Michael Duda 8 days ago
    It was kind of dry. Okay flavor. It could use more butter and some vanilla extract, maybe. I dunno. It was the first time making pound cake in this oven, so it might partially be the oven. I would reattempt by adjusting the recipe.
    Khaled S. 8 days ago
    easy and quick. tastes great. i used unsalted butter and was good.
    Veronica Talwar 9 days ago
    Good, more than i expected it to be.
    Anna Meyer 9 days ago
    VERY DRY. also, it crisped on the outside too much to be able to get the inside not doughy.
    Kamo 11 days ago
    delicious 😍 i would make it again
    mmm a 17 days ago
    this recipe is very delicious
    Julia 18 days ago
    Yummy and easy just as it is! Great with fresh berries or berry sauce made with frozen berries, sugar, water, lemon juice and a touch of cornstarch!
    Siobhan McDonagh 18 days ago
    Very good Nice flavor Could’ve been bake a little less than advised
    Benita R. 22 days ago
    this was very easy and so good! will make again
    Dee 24 days ago
    Very easy to make and very tasty... I will definitely make again
    Funmi 25 days ago
    Perfect! Made it twice already! Added vanilla extract the two times. Doubled the quantity the second time and they came out even more moist than the first time. Great recipe, I’ve saved it and will be using it often. Thank you!
    Paul Head a month ago
    It turned out great. My wifife and myself decided that we would like apple with our cake so I cut and cored several granny smith apples pre cooked them with butter and brown sugar. Then put them on the bottom of a pan putting the mixture on top . Cooked until it was done letvit cool for a bit, put it backbin the oven apples up just to dry the top turnedbout really good.
    Gymnastics a month ago
    Easy recipe! Good way to fill time, and it tastes good!
    Diane Pickett a month ago
    It came out good. It satisfied the taste and texture of a simple cake. It only took 45 minutes in a 9x9 pan.
    Marlene Moye 2 months ago
    It turned out well but it was a little dry although I followed the recipe step by step. It was a simple recipe & I will try it again & maybe not let it cook as long.
    Megan 2 months ago
    As many others have said it turns out dry. I did not overbeat. Checked at 50 minutes and wasnt done. Checked at 60 and although the outside looked very done the center was still gooey. Checked at 70 minites and finally center was cooked but outside looked way over done. It seems like something is off with this recipe. Outside is crunchy and inside is dry.
    Johanna S. 2 months ago
    I read the reviews and YES!! Your pound cake will turn out dry if you Over beat all the ingredients. If you bake often, you’ll know when the ingredients are mixed Follow the recipe as directed and it will turn out fine!
    Sara Abedin 2 months ago
    i used outmeal flour instead of all purpose flour and added apple slices and cinnamon and it turnd out great
    Robert Kelly 2 months ago
    It was good and easy to make with very few ingredients. It was just a little dry.
    Edison 3 months ago
    Really good pound cake with very little ingredients. Topped it off with some ice cream, strawberries, and fudge...it was a hit!
    Richard B 3 months ago
    Great recipe! anlittle dry but that could be due to overbeat eggs/sugar/butter.
    Rica Elysee 3 months ago
    great recipe to make with nephew. He executed it with limited help from me.
    Belinda Kizer 3 months ago
    My cake came out great
    Chuck Mullins 3 months ago
    really great! I added a 1/2 cup of Sour Cream.