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Easy Pound Cake

If you’re looking for a simple dessert that doesn’t require a lot of fussy ingredients but tastes like a million dollars, Easy Pound Cake is exactly what to make. Enjoy it plain, with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, or stacked with berries and whipped cream to make shortcake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 447kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (see note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter melted (2 sticks)
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray, then line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. In a second bowl or a large measuring cup, whisk together the sugar, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly pour in the wet ingredients, whisking constantly until most of the lumps are gone. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean with a few crumbs attached, about 50 to 60 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through baking.
  • Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and peel the parchment from the bottom of the cake. Cool completely before slicing.



  1. Cake flour: This finely milled, bleached flour has a lower protein content (about 8%) than all-purpose flour. Making cakes with cake flour gives your desserts a soft, tender texture and an excellent crumb.
  2. Mini pound cakes: This recipe will also make 4 miniature pound cakes. Use four 2-cup mini loaf pans and reduce the baking time to 40 minutes.
  3. Lemon pound cake: Add 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest and 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice to the sugar before processing in Step 2.
  4. Orange pound cake: A 1 tablespoon grated orange zest and 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice to the sugar before processing in Step 2.
  5. Ginger pound cake: Add 3 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon mace to the sugar before processing in Step 2.
  6. Serving suggestions: Serve with fresh berries and whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce or chocolate sauce, or dipped in chocolate fondue.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg