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How to Make Homemade Pound Cake

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Chris is a mother and wife. She has a job as a cook and baker, but also enjoys gardening, outdoor fun, and DIY crafts and home projects.

How to make the traditional Holiday Pound Cake

Pound cake is a traditional treat that is served during the holidays. Pound Cake is aptly named because It is traditionally made with one pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. the cake has a 1:1:1:1 ratio by weight of each ingredient, and is a very simple yet elegant cake that is usually dressed up with fresh fruit or fruit sauce as well as other sweet sauces.

Although the traditional cake has only four ingredients, the pound cake of today takes on many variations; including the addition of flavorings, dried fruit and even leavening agents (to lighten the cake). Some recipes use substitutions such as oil or sour cream for butter. There are many different styles of pound cakes that have become popular in different regions of the world.

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The Pound Cake was a British creation around the 1700's.

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Pound cakes are simple to make, yet make a wonderful desert to finish a meal. Pound cakes usually are very simple but can have very distinct tastes depending on the flavorings added. This is a very simple pound cake recipe to start with. Pound cakes can be made from scratch but requires heavy mixing, so I would suggest using either a stand mixer or a hand mixer.


  • 1 pound cake flour (3-1/2 cups)
  • 1 pound butter (2 cups) (room temperature)
  • 1 pound sugar (2-1/4 cups)
  • 1 pound eggs (9 large) (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla or brandy


  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Butter well and flour three bread loaf pans. (there is a lot of sugar in this recipe and it will burn to the side of the pan if it is not properly buttered and floured.)
  2. Step 2: Cream room temperature butter well, add sugar slowly and cream until light and fluffy.
  3. Step 3: Add room temperature eggs (two at a time), and beat well after each addition. Add flavoring.
  4. Step 4: Add flour gradually and mix until flour is all incorporated but no more.
  5. Step 5: Pour the mixture into the pans and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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Lemon Sauce - great served over a pound cake.

Here is a simple yet delicious lemon sauce to drizzle over your pound cake. This will wow your guests and your tastebuds alike. Makes a great topping on bread pudding, pound cake, angel food cake and other cake. Decorate the plate with a sprig of mint.


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 lemon
  • juiced


  1. 1. In a large saucepan mix together the sugar, starch, salt and nutmeg. Gradually add the boiling water and simmer over low heat while stirring occasionally until the sauce turns thick.
  2. 2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice until smooth. Poke holes in pound cake with bamboo skewer and brush the lemon glaze over the top.
  3. Photo by: André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Great Ideas for Serving Pound Cake

Tips to serving pound cake

Pound cake is a simple recipe for a great tasting dessert, however the presentation doesn't have to look simple - it can be very elegant.

1. Serve pound cake drizzled with fruit sauce such as blueberry, strawberry, cranberry...

2. Serve the pound cake with fresh fruit and dress up with powdered sugar and a sprig of mint.

3. Slice into thin slices and toast and serve pound cake with fruit jams or preserves.

4. Soak a few tablespoons of amaretto over the top of the pound cake and serve.

5. Serve with caramel sauce and whipped cream.

When it was created, the simple recipe for Pound Cake made it easy for those who could not read to remember the recipe.

Your Comments are appreciated

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    • Jaydoo profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: I also love a good pound cake, and lemon sauce can make anything taste better. Thank you for your wonderful comment.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I do love a good pound cake. A freshly baked one is even better. The lemon sauce did not go unnoticed either.

    • Jaydoo profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @julieannbrady: I really love pound cake with the variety of toppings.

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      6 years ago

      Oh my, pound cake is so delicious and easy to make! I love how you can add so many different types of toppings.

    • LornsA178 profile image


      7 years ago

      Looks good! Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Great recipes.

    • KANEsUgAr profile image


      7 years ago

      Im all about butter, traditional is definitely the way to go.

    • lizziehumphreys1 profile image


      7 years ago

      wow, what a great idea for a recipe!!


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