Our Best Pound Cake Recipes
When you’re craving a rich and decadent treat, there’s nothing quite like a slice of buttery pound cake. Whether you prefer a classic recipe made with just a handful of ingredients or are looking for a fresh take packed with add-ins and topped with glaze, these easy-to-bake cakes are sure to please.
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Sour Cream Pound Cake
The original pound cake appeared in America’s first cookbook and was made with one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. Now that’s a lot of cake! Over the years, cooks have become more creative with the classic recipe, incorporating different tips and techniques, tweaking the amount of butter and sugar and adding unique ingredients to make their cakes stand out from the rest. We’ve done the same here. We scaled down the ingredients and simplified the work that’s involved to make a showpiece cake that’s perfect for any gathering. The key to our recipe is sour cream, which balanced the sweetness and ensures the cake remains soft for days. This pound cake is moist, dense — and dangerously butter!
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Honey Vanilla Pound Cake
This recipe from Ina is both subtle and complex. A combination of honey, vanilla and lemon zest may seem a little jarring, but it works harmoniously to create a beautiful flavor.
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Chocolate Pound Cake
Trisha's cake is extra rich from a combination of butter and shortening. This also prevents the cocoa powder from drying out the cake too much.
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Browned Butter Pound Cake
Browned butter isn't a type of butter but rather butter that has been melted and heated until the milk solids are a toasty golden-brown. Browned butter gives a rich, nutty flavor to baked goods, including this pound cake.
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Classic Pound Cake
This tried-and-true recipe makes enough batter to fill two loaf pans. That’s one cake for you and one to gift to a friend or family member!
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Lemon and Raspberry Pound Cake
Raspberries and lemon make for a classic combination, including in this rich pound cake. The lemon flavor is repeated in the glaze with a generous amount of lemon zest and lemon juice.
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Citrus Pound Cake
We double down on the citrus in this cake, using both orange and lemon zest to brighten the flavor.
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Peach Cobbler Pound Cake
This summertime-centric pound cake was inspired by peach cobbler with a little coffee cake streusel thrown in. Serve it in slices topped with more fresh peaches and a dollop of brown sugar-whipped cream for a quintessential taste of the season.
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Strawberry Almond Pound Cake
This recipe is like a mashup of a pound cake and coffee cake. The cake batter is flavored with almond extract and studded with fresh sliced strawberries. Instead of a loaf pan, this cake is baked in a cast-iron skillet.
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Blood Orange Rosemary Pound Cake
This Italian-inspired pound cake is made with two uncommon ingredients (at least in pound cakes): blood oranges and rosemary. Blood oranges have a deep flavor and beautiful red color; rosemary lends a piney aroma pairs beautifully with the citrus.
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Hot Chocolate Marble Pound Cake
This cake isn't just named after hot chocolate but is actually made with cocoa mix. The addition of hot cocoa gives this pound cake extra richness and keeps the cake moist.
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Raspberry-Swirl Pound Cake
This is an ideal recipe for raspberry lovers. This pound cake is marbled with a fresh rasberry and raspberry jam sauce. A topping of crispy freeze-dried raspberries completes this cake and reinforces the raspberry flavor.
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Lemony Yogurt Pound Cake
If you think pound cakes can't be light, then think again. This healthier take is made with whole-wheat flour and replaces the butter with Greek yogurt and olive oil. Lemon zest gives the finished product a beautiful, bright flavor.
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Pineapple Upside-Down Pound Cake
Pineapple upside-down cake is usually made with a lighter batter than traditional pound cakes. However, a buttery pound cake is a perfect match for the sticky-sweet pineapple rings and maraschino cherries that caramelize on the bottom of the pan.
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Lemon Pound Cake
This buttery pound cake is finished with a sticky lemon-scented glaze. Unlike some other glazes made with powdered sugar, this glaze is made with granulated sugar and soaks into the cake, making it extra lemony and moist.
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Cinnamon Sugar Pound Cake
This is an extremely simple recipe for pound cake that is as traditional as can be. The unique flavors in this pound cake comes from the glaze, which includes a generous amount of ground cinnamon for a spicy, warm flavor.
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Candied-Lemon Pound Cake
Quality ingredients make a big difference in pound cake where there aren't a lot of add-ins or flavorings. Try using premium butter — and if you can, use organic cane sugar. It gives the loaves a great crunchy top.
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Ricotta Orange Pound Cake
Giada's recipe for pound cake includes a signature italian ingredient: ricotta cheese. The ricotta gives the cake an extra layer of richness. The orange zest is a classic pairing for ricotta.
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Vanilla Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Adding cream cheese to pound cake is a classic technique for making an extra rich cake. This recipe also includes a double punch of vanilla from a combination of vanilla extract and vanilla bean.
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Old-Fashioned Clementine Pound Cake
This pound cake has clementine flavor within the cake and in the glaze, as well. A hint of cinnamon adds some sweet warmth to the clementines and makes for a perfect wintery treat.
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Mango Coriander Pound Cake Cupcakes with Mango Chutney Filling and Sweetened Condensed Milk Whipped Cream
If you're the type who loves unique flavor combinations and unexpected ingredients, this pound cake recipe is made for you! Each cupcake is filled with a mango chutney compote and topped with a rich whipped cream enhanced by rich and sticky condensed milk. Coriander seed powder gives a lemony perfume to the cake.
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Apple Pound Cake
This pound cake includes tart granny smith apples and the acidity is reinforced with some lemon juice and lemon extract. A little bit of ground cinnamon gives this cake a warming, spicy flavor.
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Peanut Butter-Caramel Pound Cake
This decadent cake is made with creamy peanut butter and a caramel sauce made with caramel candies and heavy cream. The result is an ooey-gooey pound cake with nuttiness from peanuts and deep flavor from the caramel sauce.
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Orange Pound Cake
This pound cake is perfumed with the enchanting flavors of orange juice and orange zest for an especially citrusy cake. The glaze is optional but highly recommended, particularly if you're a big fan of oranges.
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Cold Oven Pound Cake
This is a basic pound cake recipe that can be customized with any ingredients or flavors you'd like. What makes this recipe unique, however, is that you don't need to preheat the oven. This cake is started in a cold oven.
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Plain Pound Cake
This is a great basic recipe for pound cake that has just a little bit of tang from buttermilk. The buttermilk combines with the baking soda in the recipe to make the cake extra fluffy. This is a perfect recipe to adapt by adding your favorite flavorings, nuts, candies and fruit.
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