Classic Pound Cake Recipe

Pound cake gets its name from a traditional recipe that includes a pound each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs and sugar. The moist and delicious cake is perfect for dessert anytime. Try it toasted for breakfast—yum!
Makes: 12-16 servings
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350º. Generously grease inside of fluted tube pan and coat with flour.

Step 2

In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.

Step 3

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat until well combined. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed for 1 minute, scraping bottom and sides of bowl as needed. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Step 4

Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling grid 15 minutes. Loosen sides of cake and remove from pan; cool completely on grid.

Step 5

In small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and milk. Drizzle over cooled cake. Serve with berries, if desired.

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all-purpose flour

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

baking powder

2 teaspoons baking powder


1/2 teaspoon salt

butter, softened

2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened

granulated sugar

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar


6 eggs

vegetable pan spray

vegetable pan spray

confectioners' sugar

1 cup confectioners' sugar

mixed berries

mixed berries (to serve)


2 tablespoons milk




medium bowl

medium bowl

large bowl

large bowl



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