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Perfect Plain Pound Cake

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A classic pound cake recipe. Slice it and top it with berries and whipped cream. I've even grilled it and have topped with a little butter.
Course Breads & Baked Goods
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, dessert, pound cake, quick bread
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Servings 20 servings
Calories 259
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 3/4 cup whole milk at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups unbleached all -purpose flour plus more for dusting pans
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened at room temperature, plus more for greasing pans
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature


  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease and flour 2 standard loaf pans. Line both with parchment.
  • In a small bowl, combine the milk, sour cream and vanilla.
  • In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cream the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  • With the mixer on medium speed, add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one.
  • Gradually add the flour and milk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the loaf pans, smooth over the tops of the cakes with a spatual.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes.
  • Take them out of the pans, place them on a baking rack and allow them to cool completely.
  • Wrap well and store in the refrigerator.


All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg