Classic Pound Cake Recipe: Rich, Buttery and Moist

When it comes to comfort food, nothing beats a good pound cake. It’s moist, flavorful, and oh-so-satisfying. And my recipe for Pete’s Pound Cake is just the ticket. This classic, dense cake is perfect for dessert or as a sweet treat any time of day.

Let me tell you, this recipe has been tried and tested over the years, refined to perfection by generations of my family. Each bite of this pound cake will transport you back to your childhood where grandma’s cooking was always the best kind.

One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is its versatility. You can swap out different ingredients to give it a unique twist – have you tried lemon blueberry or coconut pound? Plus, it’s great for serving up at parties and gatherings as it can easily feed a crowd.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pete's Pound Cake
Pete’s Pound Cake

Are you ready to take your taste buds on a journey? Look no further than Pete’s Pound Cake recipe! This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves dessert, whether you’re serving it up after a fancy dinner or as a snack on a lazy afternoon.

First and foremost, this pound cake is moist, flavorful, and delicious. Made with the perfect combination of sugar, milk, eggs, and flour, this cake is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Not only that but the recipe is quite easy to follow and requires only a handful of ingredients.

But what truly sets Pete’s Pound Cake apart from other dessert recipes is its versatility. Whether you’re looking for a classic pound cake or something with an added twist like lemon blueberry bread or coconut pound cake, this recipe has got you covered. And if that’s not enough, the recipe also includes ideas for variations such as using strawberries or cranberries to elevate the flavor even more.

If you’re someone who loves classic desserts like Sponge Cake or Butter Cake, then this recipe will undoubtedly become a new favorite. But even if you are not big into Southern desserts like me, I urge you to give this recipe a chance because it really delivers in terms of flavor and texture.

In summary, whether you’re hosting a party or just want to enjoy some delicious dessert at home, Pete’s Pound Cake is the way to go. With its perfect balance of sweetness and moistness as well as numerous variations available, this recipe will quickly become one of your go-to dessert recipes.

Ingredient List

 Pete's Pound Cake: A classic British dessert that's perfect for any occasion.
Pete’s Pound Cake: A classic British dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

Gathering the Right Ingredients: The Backbone of Pete’s Pound Cake Recipe

Any good baker knows that the key to making a perfect cake is in having the right ingredients. Let me help you get prepared with Pete’s Pound Cake Ingredient List!

  • 2 sticks of butter, soften at room temperature
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • Optional: lemon zest or juice (for lemon pound cake variation)

All these components come together to form a delicious and crumbly cake with a moist, flavorful texture. Make sure that the butter is at room temperature so that it can easily cream with sugar to create a light and fluffy batter. The quality of the flour, sugar, and eggs is paramount in achieving a great taste for this dessert. Don’t hesitate to use high-quality products from brands like King Arthur Flour or Bob’s Red Mill, which offer better-tasting flours with higher protein content for optimum structure-building. There is no need to worry about advanced techniques or special equipment here; everything you find on this list should be readily available at any local grocery store near you!

The Recipe How-To

 This cake is so buttery and rich, you won't be able to resist a second slice.
This cake is so buttery and rich, you won’t be able to resist a second slice.

So, you’re ready to make Pete’s Pound Cake? Excellent! Grab your apron, and let’s get started on this moist and flavorful dessert.

Step 1: Preparing the Batter

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together 2 sticks of butter and 3 cups of sugar. Beat at a medium speed until the mixture is lightened in color and fluffy.
  • Add 6 eggs one at a time, focusing on incorporating each egg before adding another.
  • Mix together 3 cups of plain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, and ½ tsp salt. Gradually mix it into your butter/sugar mixture until everything is thoroughly combined.
  • Add 1 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice until everything is mixed well.

Step 2: Baking Your Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F (170°C)
  • Grease and flour a large Bundt pan
  • Pour your batter into your pan and put it in the oven.
  • Bake for about 75-90 minutes, or until you pass the toothpick test
    • To perform the toothpick test: insert a toothpick into the middle part of the cake. If it comes out ‘clean,’ without any residual cake mixture stuck to it, then the cake is cooked.

Step 3: Serve It Up!

  • Let your cake cool for about 20 minutes, then remove it from the pan to place it on a cooling rack.

And that’s all there is to making Pete’s Pound Cake! For variation, you can add some blueberries or strawberries to give it an extra fruity flavor. Or why not try serving the pound cake with whipped cream or fresh berries? If you fancy getting creative with shapes, I’d recommend trying this recipe using loaf pans or mini-Bundt pans.

Substitutions and Variations

 The combination of vanilla, lemon and sugar creates a heavenly aroma and taste.
The combination of vanilla, lemon and sugar creates a heavenly aroma and taste.

Are you looking to put a creative spin on this classic pound cake recipe? Look no further! Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations that will take your pound cake game to the next level.

– Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake: If you love the tanginess of lemon and the sweetness of blueberries, then this variation is perfect for you. Simply add one cup of fresh blueberries and the juice of one lemon to the batter. This adds a burst of flavor and color to your pound cake.

– Peeps Rice Krispies Treats Pound Cake: Have some leftover Peeps marshmallows or rice krispies treats? Add them to the batter to create a fun, festive twist on an already delicious pound cake. This variation is great for Easter or any springtime occasion.

– Coconut Pound Cake: Transform your traditional pound cake recipe into a tropical delight by incorporating shredded coconut into the batter. The result is a moist and flavorful pound cake with a nutty texture that’s perfect for summer gatherings.

– Million Dollar Pound Cake: If you’re looking to impress your guests, this is the variation for you. Add cream cheese into the batter and increase the sugar content to three cups, which yields a buttery and rich flavor that’s sure to make people feel like they won a million dollars.

– Strawberry or Cranberry Loaf Cake: For added texture and sweetness, swap out plain flour for cake flour and add freshly sliced strawberries or cranberries to your pound cake. This results in an old-fashioned, sponge-like texture with just enough tartness from the berries.

Whether you’re trying out one of these variations or creating your own, don’t be afraid to get creative with flavors and textures. The possibilities are endless when it comes to perfecting your own unique version of this classic dessert.

Serving and Pairing

 This cake is great for afternoon tea with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh fruit.
This cake is great for afternoon tea with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh fruit.

When it comes to serving and pairing tips for Pete’s Pound Cake, there are a few options that you can consider. The cake’s plain and simple flavor profile allows for endless possibilities when it comes to pairing with different accompaniments, dressings, or beverages.

First and foremost, serving the cake as it is with a generous dollop of whipped cream and some berries makes for a classic treat. The freshness of the fruits will complement the moist and flavorful cake perfectly. Try opting for strawberries or raspberries in season, or even cranberries during the holiday season for some added color and pizzazz to your dessert table.

Another great option is to slice and toast the pound cake until crispy and serve it alongside butter, jam or marmalade for a delicious breakfast or brunch experience. You could also use the pound cake as a base ingredient in making trifle desserts, sherry-soaked puddings, trifles topped with berries and whipped cream.

When it comes to pairing beverages with this cake, consider coffee as an ideal choice. You can enjoy your slice of pound cake alongside a warm cup of coffee or an espresso in a local coffee shop or café. If you prefer non-alcoholic drinks, try fresh orange juice–the citrus twist will complement the lemon notes in the cake.

On the other hand, if you’re planning on serving this cake after dinner over drinks with friends–a glass of chilled Muscat wine or whole cream sherry will make for an excellent complement to the light buttery flavor profile of Pete’s Pound Cake.

Overall, this versatile Southern-style dessert pairs well with a wide range of flavors and drinks. It’s up to you to get creative with different toppings and pairings that fit your personal taste preferences.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You don't need any special equipment to make this delicious cake; just a mixer and a loaf pan.
You don’t need any special equipment to make this delicious cake; just a mixer and a loaf pan.

Pete’s Pound Cake is best served fresh, but you can definitely make it ahead of time or store any leftovers for future consumption. In fact, there are many ways to enjoy this pound cake even days after you’ve baked it.

To store your cake, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and keep it at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or, if you want to keep it longer, you can place it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. Just be sure to allow the cake to cool down completely before wrapping and storing it.

Reheating your cake is easy and can help bring back its freshness and moisture. If you have kept your pound cake in the fridge or freezer, simply take it out and let it come to room temperature before serving. To reheat a slice of cake, just place it on a microwave-safe plate and microwave it for about 10 seconds on high. Alternatively, warm the slice of cake up in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for 5-10 minutes until heated through.

You can also get creative with your leftovers by transforming them into fun recipes. Try turning your leftover pound cake into French toast by soaking the slices in egg batter and frying them up. Or layer slices of pound cake into a trifle with whipped cream and fresh berries. You can even cube up the leftover pound cake and use them to make decadent bread pudding!

No matter how you choose to store or enjoy Pete’s Pound Cake, know that with proper storage and reheating methods, you can continue to relish its moist flavorful deliciousness for days on end!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The texture of this pound cake is dense yet moist, making it a perfect dessert to have with coffee.
The texture of this pound cake is dense yet moist, making it a perfect dessert to have with coffee.

If you want to make a perfect pound cake, there are several things you need to keep in mind. Here are some tips that I’ve learned over the years of making pound cakes.

Firstly, make sure to measure your ingredients accurately. Use measuring cups and spoons instead of weighing your ingredients. This is important because too much or too little of any one ingredient can alter the texture and taste of your cake.

Secondly, always start with room temperature butter and eggs. If you need to soften the butter quickly, cut it into small pieces and let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes.

Thirdly, don’t overmix the batter. While it’s important to beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, overmixing after adding the flour can lead to a tough cake. So mix just until everything is incorporated and then stop.

Next, use a good quality bundt pan or loaf pan. Well-made pans with non-stick coatings will help ensure that your cake doesn’t stick and comes out perfectly.

If you’re using a dark-colored pan, lower the oven temperature by 25°F to prevent over-browning.

Once the cake has finished baking, let it cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes before trying to remove it. This will help prevent it from falling apart as you take it out of the pan.

Finally, let your pound cake sit for at least 24 hours before slicing into it. This may seem like a long time, but allowing it to rest will intensify the flavors and make for a moister texture overall.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be sure to create a perfect pound cake every time!


Before I wrap up this article, let’s go through some of the frequently asked questions that I’ve received about this amazing recipe. In this section, I’ll provide answers to some of the questions that may be lingering in your mind as you plan to prepare this dish. So, stick around and check out what other details we have included in this section.

What was Elvis Presley favorite cake?

There is a popular story that suggests Elvis Presley had a fondness for a particular cake made by his grandmother. This cake was known for being incredibly moist and delicious, and it featured both pineapple and pecans as key ingredients.

What makes a pound cake fall apart?

Achieving the perfect texture and consistency in a cake can be a challenge for many home bakers. Common issues such as sinking centers and dryness can arise from various factors, including inadequate planning, incorrect oven temperature, and insufficient mixing. Furthermore, overuse of leavening agents or irregular moisture levels can significantly impact the final product. It’s crucial to consider each of these elements carefully to ensure that your cake bakes evenly, rises correctly and maintains the desired texture.

Why is it called Elvis Presley pound cake?

It has been noted by food experts that Elvis Presley, despite his fame and wealth, maintained his affinity for simpler foods. According to writers Jane and Michael Stern of Saveur magazine, many Elvis enthusiasts share this appreciation for comfort cuisine, and often bond over it. Even though Elvis had access to luxurious delicacies such as caviar and Beef Wellington, he remained loyal to more traditionally Southern dishes.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Pete’s Pound Cake Recipe is a classic dessert that is sure to impress your family and friends. From Elvis Presley’s favorite cake to Pete Davidson’s dated recipe, this pound cake has stood the test of time and continues to delight taste buds.

The perfect pound cake should be moist, flavorful, and delicious – and this recipe delivers on all accounts. With simple ingredients like eggs, sugar, flour, and milk, you can create a dessert that will be the star of any party or dinner table.

So whether you’re looking for a tasty treat to bring to your next potluck or just need a fun baking project for the weekend, give this pound cake recipe a try. And trust me; you won’t regret it. Happy Baking!

Pete's Pound Cake

Pete’s Pound Cake Recipe

This is my mother's recipe and the children in our family gave it it's name because Pete was her nickname, they couldn't say Marguerite. It doesn't need refrigeration like one made with butter but it taste wonderful.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Easy, For Large Groups
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 1 cake
Calories 294.4kcal


  • 1 cup Butter Flavor Crisco
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  • Prehat oven 350^.
  • Cream Crisco, oil and sugar at med. speed for 10 minutes (this is very important), add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add salt, alternate flour and milk, ending with milk. Mix thoroughly. Bake in tube pan 1-1/2 hours.
  • I cut a parchment or waxed paper circle to fit the bottom of the pan, even if I'm using non-stick.


Serving: 79g | Calories: 294.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.5g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 12.6g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Cholesterol: 59.1mg | Sodium: 95.6mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 25.1g

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