Sour Cream Pound Cake
If you love pound cake, this Sour Cream Pound Cake is sure to become a new go-to recipe!
This tender, flavorful pound cake has a wonderfully moist texture and tastes amazing just as it is or topped with a simple glaze or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
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Why we Love It
There are so many reasons to love this sour cream pound cake recipe! Here are just a few:
- Very easy to make with simple ingredients.
- Velvety soft and rich.
- The sour cream makes for a thick batter- perfect for add-ins like chocolate chips, bits of fruit or nuts, etc. if you'd like to change things up! (For example, our Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake!)
- Keep this cake in mind when you need a quick birthday cake recipe, potluck dessert, or just because!
How to Make Sour Cream Pound Cake
*You can find the full, printable recipe card for this pound cake further down in this post. Here is a quick rundown of the steps!
- Prepare Pan and Preheat: Grease and flour a tube pan or bundt cake pan. and lower the oven rack to the next to lowest position. Preheat oven temperature to 325 degrees F
- Flour and Leavening: In a separate bowl whisk the flour and baking powder to combine, set aside for later.
- Butter and Sugar: Cream the softened butter with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer (or beaters of a handheld mixer). Gradually add the granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy- 3 to 5 minutes.
- Eggs: Add the room temperature eggs one at a time blending after each to incorporate.
- Add Flour Mixture and Sour Cream Alternately: Next, add the vanilla extract and lemon to the mixing bowl. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream to the butter, sugar, egg mixture. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. (I add the flour mixture three times and the sour cream twice.) Mix just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Be careful not to over-mix!
- Fill the Pan & Bake!: Pour the pound cake batter into the prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. *Baking times may vary a bit and so check on the cake around the one hour mark and adjust as needed.
- This recipe makes approximately 8-8.5 cups of batter.
- Allow the pound cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes on a wire rack before turning it out.
Easy Vanilla Glaze
This sour cream pound cake tastes amazing with or without a glaze, but we thought we'd dress it up a bit with our easy vanilla glaze.
This simple glaze consists of confectioners sugar, a bit of milk, and vanilla extract.
Keep in mind that this is a sweet glaze but each slice of cake is only going to have a small amount and so it is not overpowering at all. It just lends a little sweetness and most of all, it's pretty! ;0)
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Sour Cream Pound Cake
- 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened (339g)
- 3 cups white sugar (600g)
- 5 large eggs, room temperature (If in a hurry, place the eggs in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes.)
- 3 cups All purpose flour, (not self-rising) (375g)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder (2g)
- 1 cup sour cream (242g)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (8g)
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional) (4g)
For the Glaze (optional)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk start with 1 tablespoon, increase if needed for desired consistency
- Grease and flour a tube pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- 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 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time blending after each to incorporate.
- Add the vanilla and lemon to the mixing bowl.
- While mixing at low speed, add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream to the butter, sugar, & egg mixture. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. (I add the flour mixture three times and the sour cream twice). Mix just until incorporated.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 60-70 minutes -Baking times may vary and so check on the cake as it nears the 1 hour mark. When an inserted toothpick comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs attached, it is ready.
- This makes approximately 8-8.5 cups of batter.
- Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before flipping out onto wire rack.
- For the Glaze
- Combine sugar with 1 Tablespoon of milk. Add additional milk if needed for desired thickness.
- Load into a piping bag with the tip snipped away and drizzle onto your cake (or you can drizzle by the spoonful).
- **If glaze is too thick, add a bit more milk. If it is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.