Pound Cake

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
15 min
35 min
1 hr 30 min

16 to 20 servings

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature (2 sticks), plus more for greasing
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a tube pan.

  • Cream the butter and shortening together in a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, starting at the slowest setting and increasing to a medium speed after 3 or 4 minutes. Cream on this setting until done.

  • Add the sugar a little at a time. Add the eggs, 1 egg at a time, mixing after each addition, until well incorporated.

  • In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt, and mix with a wire whisk until thoroughly combined.

  • Reduce the stand mixer setting to the lowest speed. Start adding a little of the dry ingredient mix followed by some milk. Alternate the dry ingredients and the milk ending with dry ingredients. Then add the vanilla extract.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared tube pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pound cake comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • Remove the pound cake from the oven and let it cool down for 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Gently flip tube pan over to remove the cake, and cool the pound cake on a wire rack. If the pound cake cools too long while still in the tube pan, it might break or not come out.

  • Cool the cake for 30 minutes before dusting with confectioners' sugar. Serve the same day or lightly toasted the following day.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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