Delicious Pound Cake Recipe for All Occasions

Welcome to my kitchen, where I’m about to share with you my favorite recipe for an old-fashioned pound cake. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I can tell you that there’s nothing quite like the buttery, rich taste of this classic dessert.

Nowadays, many recipes call for shortcuts like cake mix or cream cheese, but I believe that nothing beats making a pound cake from scratch. Not only will your effort be rewarded with a deliciously moist and tender dessert, but your guests will be able to taste the love and passion that goes into each and every slice.

So dust off your baking trays and let’s get started on this easy and traditional pound cake recipe. Whether it’s a special occasion or a simple family gathering, this dessert is sure to be a hit at your next event.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Old Fashion Pound Cake
Old Fashion Pound Cake

There’s something about a classic recipe that just hits differently. That’s why I am so excited to share with you my old fashioned pound cake recipe, a true Southern classic that has been passed down through generations of my family.

This pound cake is buttery, velvety and dense, with a soft crumb that will melt in your mouth. The subtle hints of vanilla and mace add an extra layer of flavor that will leave you reaching for more. But what really sets this recipe apart is its simplicity. With just a handful of staple ingredients and a few easy steps, this cake comes together in no time, making it the perfect recipe for both experienced bakers and beginners alike.

But what I truly love about this pound cake recipe is its versatility. You can enjoy it as is or add your own twist by incorporating different glazes, toppings or even mixing in some fresh fruits such as blueberries or strawberries. Its rich flavor and moist texture also make it the perfect base for trifle desserts or layer cakes.

There’s a reason why this old fashioned pound cake recipe has stood the test of time – it’s simple to make, delicious to taste and always a crowd-pleaser. So why not bring a bit of Southern charm into your kitchen? This cake is sure to become a family favorite for years to come!

Ingredient List

 One slice of this Old Fashion Pound Cake is all you need to be reminded of Grandma's baking
One slice of this Old Fashion Pound Cake is all you need to be reminded of Grandma’s baking

Let’s dive into the ingredient list for this old-fashioned pound cake recipe. You’ll need the following pantry staples:

For the cake recipe ingredients (1):

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the pound cake ingredients (2):

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract

For the additional cake mix:

You can make old fashioned butter pound cake or cream cheese pound cake with this recipe.

Optional Add-Ons:

You can add anything during mixing such as blueberry or any other mix-ins to make it more special.

The Recipe How-To

 The secret to this Pound Cake is in the simplicity of the ingredients and the care taken in the baking process
The secret to this Pound Cake is in the simplicity of the ingredients and the care taken in the baking process

Now it’s time to dive into the actual recipe! Get ready to put your baking skills to the test, because this old-fashioned pound cake recipe requires a bit of patience and precision – but it’s all worth it in the end.

Preparing the Ingredients

First and foremost, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. This will ensure that your cake bakes evenly and has a consistent texture. Take out your 6 large eggs, 2 cups of unsalted butter (room temperature), and 3 cups of granulated sugar at least an hour before you plan on baking.

Making the Batter

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon of mace, and a pinch of salt. Set this dry mixture aside.
  3. In another bowl, cream together 2 cups of unsalted butter (room temperature) and 3 cups of granulated sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in each of the 6 large eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Mix in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and continue to beat until everything is well combined.
  6. Gradually add in the dry mixture, mixing on low speed until just combined.


  1. Pour the batter into a greased 10-inch bundt pan (or two loaf pans) and spread it out evenly.
  2. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.
  3. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan (about 30 minutes) before removing it.

Congratulations, you have now made an easy old-fashioned pound cake! You can enjoy it plain or with a dollop of whipped cream, fresh berries, or even a drizzle of chocolate glaze.

Enjoy your delicious creation and don’t forget to share it with friends and family.

Substitutions and Variations

 Take a bite of this Pound Cake and let it melt in your mouth, leaving behind the buttery richness and delicate crumb
Take a bite of this Pound Cake and let it melt in your mouth, leaving behind the buttery richness and delicate crumb

Pound cake is a classic recipe that can be customized to suit your taste. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Flavors: Instead of vanilla and mace, you can use almond extract or lemon zest for a different flavor profile.

– Flour: You can substitute all-purpose flour with cake flour or self-rising flour for a lighter texture.

– Sugar: If you prefer a less sweet cake, reduce the amount of sugar by half.

– Butter: Swap out unsalted butter with salted butter for a more savory taste.

– Cream Cheese: Add 4 ounces of cream cheese to the batter for a moist and tangy cake.

– Chocolate Glaze: Create a simple chocolate glaze by melting chocolate chips in a double boiler and adding in some heavy whipping cream. Drizzle over the cooled pound cake for an indulgent treat.

– Blueberry Loaf: Fold in some fresh blueberries into the batter before baking to make a fruity loaf.

Remember, these substitutions and variations will change the texture and flavor of the pound cake slightly, so don’t hesitate to experiment until you find your perfect recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 This Pound Cake is perfect for breakfast, a snack or a dessert, satisfying cravings throughout the day
This Pound Cake is perfect for breakfast, a snack or a dessert, satisfying cravings throughout the day

Serving a slice of this old fashioned pound cake with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face, especially when enjoyed on a special occasion. The dense crumb and rich buttery flavor make it the perfect treat for sharing with friends and family.

If you want to get creative with your serving suggestions, try pairing this pound cake with fresh berries or a warm berry compote for a burst of fruity goodness. The sweetness of the cake is balanced perfectly by the tartness of the fruit.

For those who love a touch of decadence, try drizzling some chocolate ganache over the top of your pound cake. This adds an extra layer of richness to an already indulgent dessert.

You could also try slicing the old fashioned pound cake into cubes and adding it as a layer within a trifle, parfait or bread pudding. Or simply serve it as is with a hot cup of tea or coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up.

My personal favorite is to enjoy a slice of this pound cake on its own while basking in the memories that come along with its classic taste. Whether you dress it up or enjoy it simply, this old fashioned pound cake recipe is sure to delight!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Pair this Pound Cake with a piping hot cup of tea for a truly British experience
Pair this Pound Cake with a piping hot cup of tea for a truly British experience

Whether you are preparing for a special occasion or simply craving a delicious dessert, making an old-fashioned pound cake in advance can save you both time and effort. This recipe is perfect for pre-baking and storing, allowing you to enjoy its rich texture and enticing aroma whenever you like.

To make-ahead, simply wrap the cooled cake tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. If you want to keep it for longer, you can freeze it for up to three months. When thawing it out, make sure to take it straight out of the freezer and allow it to come to room temperature before unwrapping it.

Reheating this cake is easy too. Place the sliced pieces on a microwave-safe plate, cover them with damp paper towels, and microwave them on high for about 10-15 seconds. You can also reheat the cake slices in a preheated oven at 350°F for around 5-7 minutes.

Additionally, this recipe allows for some versatility when it comes to serving options. While many people enjoy this cake as-is, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy this flavorful dessert. You might try adding some chocolate ganache, fresh blueberries or whipped cream for something a little different. It is also possible to slice and toast this cake before serving it for an extra crispy crunch!

No matter how you choose to serve or store this classic butter pound cake recipe, we hope these tips will help you get the most out of your baking experience. So go ahead and indulge yourself with this fantastic treat!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Whether served plain or with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and berries, this Pound
Whether served plain or with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and berries, this Pound

Creating a perfect old-fashioned pound cake takes some careful planning, preparation, and attention to detail. Here are some tips that I have learned over the years to ensure your pound cake comes out just right every time.

1. Room temperature ingredients

Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature, especially the butter and eggs. It will ensure the batter is smooth and well-mixed, preventing any clumps or lumps in the final product.

2. Butter and Sugar

Cream together the softened unsalted butter and granulated sugar until light and airy. This is an important step that creates the structure of the cake.

3. Incorporating eggs

Incorporate one egg at a time until it is fully mixed before adding another egg. Be sure not to over mix and whip too much air into the batter during this process, as it can cause the cake to collapse.

4. Proper mixing

Mix in dry ingredients such as flour, baking powder, mace, salt, etc., slowly into the wet mixture to avoid making large air pockets.

5. Cake pan

Use a bundt pan or a loaf pan that is coated with cooking spray or butter followed by flour dusting.

6. Baking temperature and time

Bake at 325°F for one hour until golden brown or at 350°F if your cake has a lot of add-ins such as chocolate chips, blueberries or nuts.

7. Let it cool

Let your pound cake cool for ten minutes before removing from the pan. If you remove it too early, it may break apart or fall apart.

8. Get creative with flavors

While traditional pound cake ingredients include vanilla extract, don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors such as almond extract, orange zest or even whipping cream for a moist version of Southern Poundcake.

By following these tips for creating an old-fashioned pound cake recipe, your next cake will surely be one for the books – soft, moist and tender, perfect for special occasions or even simple gatherings.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this old fashioned pound cake recipe is a must-try for any lover of simple, traditional cakes. With its rich, buttery flavor and tender crumb, it’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Plus, with the option to customize through substitutions and variations, you can create a unique cake perfect for special occasions or a simple family dessert. So why not give this recipe a try and experience the warm comfort of a timeless classic? Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Old Fashion Pound Cake

Old Fashion Pound Cake Recipe

This recipe was a family tradition! I just loved the way my mother madr this cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Weeknight
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 1 cake
Calories 408kcal


  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 -6 eggs
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 pinch mace
  • 1 -2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Cream shortening and sugar.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Bake in a greased bundt pan in a preheated 350 degree oven.
  • Bake for 45 to 60 min (1 hour is best).
  • Chocolate powder can be added to half of mixture and swirled in to make a marble cake.


Serving: 85g | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.4g | Protein: 5.9g | Fat: 21.2g | Saturated Fat: 12.5g | Cholesterol: 154.6mg | Sodium: 166.3mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 30.3g

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