Classic Pound Cake

This delicious Classic Pound Cake is moist, rich and buttery. It is perfect by itself or covered in strawberries. With the weather changing, I am sad to see that the berry season is coming to an end. I was at the grocery store over the weekend and saw strawberries on sale and decided that I needed to make my own pound cake to serve alongside the luscious summer fruit. Pound cake is traditionally made with a pound of each of the four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs and sugar. There are so many variations of pound cake, however, I decided to stick with the classic. You just can’t go wrong! πŸ™‚

Classic Pound Cake

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  • 1 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups plain cake flour

  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan and fit a piece of parchment paper lengthwise in the bottom of the pan, pushing it into the corners and up the sides.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 15 seconds. With mixer still running, slowly sprinkle sugar into the bowl. Beat until light and fluffy about 4-5 minutes.
  3. In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and water. With the mixer running, add egg mixture to the butter mixture in a slow and thin stream.
  4. Sift 1/2 cup of cake flour into mixture and stir until just combined.Repeat twice more adding flour in 1/2 cup increments.
  5. Place batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Bake in preheated oven 70 to 80 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle of the crack comes out clean. Allow cake to rest in pan for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Baking Illustrated

16 Responses to “Classic Pound Cake”

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    Rachel — September 16, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    This looks amazing! I’ve never tried to make pound cake before, but I’m going to have to try this one. Thanks!

    • Christina replied: — September 17th, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

      Thank you! Let me know how it turns out! πŸ™‚

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — September 16, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    It looks like buttery perfection!

    • Christina replied: — September 17th, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

      Oh it is! πŸ˜‰

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    Michelle (Jelly Shot Test Kitchen) — September 16, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    No, you can’t go wrong . . . that is a beautiful cake! Cheers, Michelle

    • Christina replied: — September 17th, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

      Thank you! The original has always been my favorite!

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    torviewtoronto — September 16, 2010 @ 10:05 pm


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    Ellen from — September 16, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

    what great photos!! love this post.

    – ellen from

    • Christina replied: — September 17th, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Evan @swEEts — September 17, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    What a perfectly moist looking pound cake! I’ve been on the search for a good recipe.. I’ll have to give this a go πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    • Christina replied: — September 17th, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

      It is super moist and buttery…the only way pound cake should be! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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    Jeannie — September 20, 2010 @ 2:02 am

    Mmmmm…this looks like a very good recipe for pound cake, looks so delicious!

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    Suzanne Bancroft — September 30, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    Have been making pound cake variations to experiment. I just pulled this one out of the oven and will let you know if it turned out ok. I have two stand by recipes that I use and one is with sour cream and the other with buttermilk. I will keep you posted as to my results. Can’t wait til its cooled! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Christina replied: — September 30th, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

      Yea! Let me know how it turns out for you! It is one of my favorite pound cake recipes. πŸ™‚

      • suzanne bancroft replied: — September 17th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

        Well it is only about a year later but I guess better late than never eh? Cake was amazing but I think I will double the recipe next time and one loaf is just not enough around here! I am now making your pumpkin bar recipe. Thanks for this fantastic site and all of your wonderful recipes and photos. I think you are the BEST!
        Suzanne Bancroft in Fallsington

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