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The BEST Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe

Updated on December 17, 2014

So easy even a child can make this cake!

I taught kindergarten for many years and I baked or cooked something with my classes at least once a month. I learned that it is an "art" to tackle a cooking project with young children. Since I have 7 grandchildren, I am trying to revive that art in my life. My husband and I "care" (that is a fancy short word for babysit) for at least one of the grands every week. What you are about to read is my pound cake-making adventure with one of those 7 grands. Oh, my family recipe for this homemade pound cake is included! And it is FREE!

First of all, I want to stress that if you are a real stickler for neatness, then do not even think of making a scratch cake with a child under the age of 5 years. Next, if you do choose this challenge, then do not wear anything black. (I speak from experience.) If you do not have an apron, now might the the time to think about buying one. Here is a link to some cute and highly rated ones on Amazon.com: Cute Aprons to keep the flour of a black dress!

Thirdly, have all of your ingredients measured out before you begin making my pound cake recipe with your child. Making a recipe can be a real chore (but, a pleasant one!) with a child who asks questions about every ingredient (What is "ingredient", Gigi?) so, it is a good idea to think like Rachel Ray and have your stuff on the counter and measured out before you start your work of Art. Be Prepared!

As my pound cake is baking in the oven, I am writing this page while the experience is still fresh in my mind. I want to share every detail of my artful baking project made with the help of one of my much loved grand-babies.

All cake baking images (good and mediocre) belong to me. The photo of the child with the pound cake is most definitely by me. That is my grand-daughter smiling at you! Do not use without permission. Mickie Goad - all rights reserved.

The product images are from Amazon.com.

A much used recipe card!

vintage buttermilk pound cake recipe card
vintage buttermilk pound cake recipe card

The crisp crust is what makes this Buttermilk Pound Cake a favorite!

The Buttermilk Pound Cake recipe below is one that a friend shared with me more than 25 years ago. It seems like I have made it a million times--the beat up and stained recipe card will vouch for me!

The reason I chose to make this pound cake with my grand-daughter is because I had just cut up some fresh Chilton County (Alabama) peaches and they needed a cake to lie on. Most importantly, the pound cake recipe has only 7 ingredients! Except for the buttermilk, I always have those on hand. I must tell you that I keep Saco Powdered Buttermilk in the fridge.

I decided that this very day would be perfect to introduce my grandbaby to baking "Gigi-style".

The reason my family loves this buttermilk pound cake is the delectable "sugar cookie" like crust. The golden yellow inside cake is also full of buttery flavor. This cake is Excellent as a base for fresh strawberries or peaches!

Baker's Tips:

1.) I used unsalted butter, but I think salted butter would be fine since salt is not an ingredient.

2.) It is best to have the butter and eggs and buttermilk at room temperature.

3.) I used unbleached white flour.

4.) I used non-fat buttermilk because I am counting calories, but whole buttermilk might result in a more flavorful cake. Anyway, what difference does a few calories make when one is using real butter?

5.) I normally use organic sugar, but my supply was running low and I used common granulated white sugar today.

6.) Use good quality vanilla extract. Do NOT use imitation vanilla!

6.) A stand mixer makes this recipe much easier and makes for a lighter textured cake.


  • Prep time: 45 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
  • Yields: 16 (1" slices)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. While the oven is pre-heating, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the lightly beaten eggs and vanilla and blend well.
  3. If using a stand mixer, alternate adding flour and buttermilk while the mixer is running. Begin with one cup of flour, then add 1/3 cup buttermilk. It is helpful to use measuring cups for adding 1 cup and 1/3 cups. Blend well after each addition. In the last portion of buttermilk add the baking soda before adding it to the batter. Mix well.
  4. Prepare you fluted or angel-food pan with "Pam for Baking" or "Baker's Choice" spray. If you prefer, you can evenly grease your pan with solid "shortening" (like Crisco) then sprinkle flour over the pan and gently shake it to cover all the shortening.
  5. Evenly pour the batter into the pan.
  6. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes. Another NOTE: I tested for doneness with a "Cake Tester" at 1 hour and took the cake out of the oven because the crust was nicely browned.
  7. I allowed the cake to cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes. Then I inverted the pan on a cake plate. Remove the pan from the cake and continue to cool. It is best to let the cake cool throughly before cutting it. However, my grand-daughter and I could not wait to cut a test piece while the pound cake was still warm. Yes, it crumbled when cut, but it was sooooo good. Store lightly covered. (I use a "tupperware" type cake keeper.)
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Cake Tester-- - an essential kitchen tool for cake baking!

I have at least two cake testers so I can easily find at least one in my kitchen tool drawer. My grandmother used to use a long toothpick, but I find that a cake tester is better. It is so thin that it leaves no mark in your cake, cupcakes or muffins.

OXO Good Grips Cake Tester
OXO Good Grips Cake Tester

I use my "tester" on cakes and muffins. When it comes out clean, I know the baking is done.

 

What happens when you bake a pound cake with a child: - a mess!

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Rachael Ray, I am not! I have no one to clean up after I make a mess. See the batter splattered on the mixer?Detail of the splattered batter. Always wipe down your mixer before you put it in the cabinet.Flour everywhere! I needed the vacuum to get it all.That flour found its way even under the mixer!Well, that is what attachments are for.Cake batter everywhere! Use a damp cloth to clean your machine.A teachable moment. My grandchild learns to use the vacuum cleaner.I put the brush attachment on the vacuum for my baby.Funny face! But the pound cake is delish!
Rachael Ray, I am not! I have no one to clean up after I make a mess. See the batter splattered on the mixer?
Rachael Ray, I am not! I have no one to clean up after I make a mess. See the batter splattered on the mixer?
Detail of the splattered batter. Always wipe down your mixer before you put it in the cabinet.
Detail of the splattered batter. Always wipe down your mixer before you put it in the cabinet.
Flour everywhere! I needed the vacuum to get it all.
Flour everywhere! I needed the vacuum to get it all.
That flour found its way even under the mixer!
That flour found its way even under the mixer!
Well, that is what attachments are for.
Well, that is what attachments are for.
Cake batter everywhere! Use a damp cloth to clean your machine.
Cake batter everywhere! Use a damp cloth to clean your machine.
A teachable moment. My grandchild learns to use the vacuum cleaner.
A teachable moment. My grandchild learns to use the vacuum cleaner.
I put the brush attachment on the vacuum for my baby.
I put the brush attachment on the vacuum for my baby.
Funny face! But the pound cake is delish!
Funny face! But the pound cake is delish!

What you might need to make a family favorite pound cake recipe: - From least expensive up.

You might already have all of the below items, but if you do not I would like to recommend the ones listed here. I have the used the products (or ones similar to them) in my kitchen and have included my comments. Baking can be fun if you have the right stuff. The only product that I used in making the pound cake on this page that I would not recommend is the fluted pan that I have. I bought it at a garage sale to replace a very old pan. I should have saved my money and not brought it home. Why? The blue fluted pan you see in my photos, does not have a non-stick finish. It is coated inside with a white enamel kind of finish. I have two excellent "angel" cake tube pans that would have resulted in a better looking cake with no hunks missing from the crust. I do love the fluted cakes and I will buy the one that I found on Amazon (see it below) when I earn enough money from this article! So, buy something I recommend, please.

Disclaimer: Mickie_G is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Kirkland Signature Pure Vanilla, 16 Ounce
Kirkland Signature Pure Vanilla, 16 Ounce

Never use "imitation" vanilla. Always use good quality ingredients for your baking. Kirkland Signature is a trusted brand from Costco. I have purchased it many, many times.

 
Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Heritage Bundt Pan
Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Heritage Bundt Pan

I must buy this pan. It got excellent ratings from Amazon users--all 5 stars and only one 4 star. It is coated so the cake should come out easily. My own pan sucks!

 

My KitchenAid at home after the cake making is done!

My KitchenAid at home after the cake making is done!
My KitchenAid at home after the cake making is done!
KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White
KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White

I have had my KitchenAid mixer for over 13 years and love, love it. It makes creaming butter with sugar a snap. I have a special shelf in my cabinet to store this beauty--see one below.

 

Finished pound cake! - Yes, baking with a child can be considered an "art".

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Still hot from the oven. Watch out!Beautiful child with her pound cake out of the pan.My little Greek baby with her bundt pound cake.Hey, Gigi, I want a piece of cake!Yummy!She must have liked this cake!
Still hot from the oven. Watch out!
Still hot from the oven. Watch out!
Beautiful child with her pound cake out of the pan.
Beautiful child with her pound cake out of the pan.
My little Greek baby with her bundt pound cake.
My little Greek baby with her bundt pound cake.
Hey, Gigi, I want a piece of cake!
Hey, Gigi, I want a piece of cake!
Yummy!
Yummy!
She must have liked this cake!
She must have liked this cake!

See if you can find a bundt in this movie! - I used a bundt pan to bake the pound cake in this article.

My daughter (the mother of the darling little girl shown on this page) married a young man who is Greek. One of my favorite scenes in the movie has become a common joke in our own multicultural family. Remember the "bundt" cake the groom's mom brought to the future in-laws? I have made several bundts for family occasions and we always have a laugh. One time I put a geranium plant in the hole just like in the movie!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (10th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (10th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

I love this film! My daughter married a young man who is Greek and we have a good time discussing the truths in this movie.

 

I find making a cake with a child an easy first baking task. Muffins are another good item to bake. If you have ever made an edible recipe with a child, what was it? Was it an easy recipe for a child to help you with? Did you find teachable moments during your baking adventure? Please feel free to share any helpful tips or even a recipe or two.

Thanks for visiting. Hoped you learned something about the "art" of baking with children.

© 2013 Mickie Goad

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Let me know how your pound cake turns out. The one that we made was gone in two days! :)

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Oh my. That's a gorgeous grand. Loved reading about your baking adventure and the pics are precious. Makes my most recent food activity with children pale in comparison (Flip Flop Cookies). It's wondrous that you are creating these memories with your loved ones. When I was an elementary teacher, my students enjoyed food projects. Come to think of it, our family literacy students (adults) thrived when engaged in any kind of cooking, too. Food is perhaps the classic curriculum for learning the best things in life... what matters most... family. Thanks for sharing your buttermilk pound cake recipe. Can't wait to try it.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @SBPI Inc: Actually, my grands call me "Gigi". I can imagine what kind of mess a frosted cake would be. You are right, the experience was what mattered.

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      rebecca-mathews1 4 years ago

      this is precious and really helpful lens. I have baked with my son when he was small it is messy but oh so rewarding.

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      Great lens. Whatever the cake looks like is not what matters most. I am sure it would taste good. Most important and enjoyable is the quality of time spent with your grandchildren having fun together. I have 8 grandchildren now and in my life I only made 1 cake. Cake was 2 layer chocolate frosted birthday cake for Mom which I had to transport from my home to hers. During the process of delivery I must have stopped the car a little too quickly because when I arrived the top layer had slid off of the bottom layer ending up on the floor. So, Mom received 1/2 or the bottom of the cake with only the sides frosted. She looked at it and said 'oh! what a nice interesting cake lets have some'. I just had to laugh as I told her what happened.

      Her words again 'it tastes good and besides, it's the thought that counts most'

      How true.

      Thank you Grandma for sharing. Jonathan Grandpa lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nothing wrong with your pan or at least it looks good in the pan. I have baked with an 8 yr old and we made molten chocolate cakes. Fun day. Love your article and plan to make this cake soon.