Ahhhh…..there’s nothing better than a slice of warm pound cake fresh from the oven. This easy and delicious cake has long been a southern staple and one of my personal favorites!!
Whether you are new to baking, or have been baking up sweets for years, you are going to fall in love with this simple, flavorful pound cake.
Have you ever wondered where Pound Cake gets it’s name? I’m going to give you some fun trivia. Pound cake first originated in 18th century Europe as a delicious, simple, and huge cake recipe that called for a pound of each ingredient: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. That’s a LOT of cake loaves.
These days, pound cakes have been modified in a million different ways, often in favor of a lighter more buttery cake. I have a Pound Cake Recipe Board on my Pinterest page filled with pound cakes that I’m dying to try! Everything from rich chocolate pound cakes to Key Lime and Southern Pecan. If only there were more hours in the day!
The Pound Cake that I am sharing with you today is the BEST! It is simple, has a nice even crumb, super moist, and the flavor is out of this world. We’ve been making this cake for years for special occasions or for no occasion at all!
This classic pound cake recipe is delicious on it’s own, or dressed up with strawberries & cream or a simple glaze. The flavor is wonderful, and if you like a hint of lemon, I highly recommend using the lemon extract. We always do!
- 3 sticks (339 g) unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups (600 g) sugar
- 5 large eggs
- 3 cups (375 g) all purpose flour, (not self-rising)
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) baking powder
- 1 cup (235 g) whole milk
- 2 teaspoons (8 g) vanilla
- 1 teaspoon (4 g) lemon extract (optional)
- Grease and flour a tube pan.
- Lower the oven rack to the next to lowest position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a separate bowl whisk the flour and baking powder to combine, set aside for later.
- Cream the butter with the paddle attachment in your mixer, gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time blending after each to incorporate.
- Add the vanilla and lemon extract to the l cup of milk. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk to the butter, sugar, egg mixture. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. I add the dry 3 times and milk twice.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- This makes approximately 8 cups of batter.
- **This is also the recipe that we use in our petit fours video! For petit fours, we pour into an 11x15 inch pan so that they are nice and short (approximately 1 1/4 inches tall).
We’ve baked this pound cake recipe into sheet cakes & sliced into squares for our Petit Four Video Tutorial.