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Vanilla Pound Cake


How sweet it is -- pound cake from scratch in three simple steps! We've added vanilla to our recipe for an extra hint of flavor!

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  • Servings: 8
vanilla pound cake

Photography: Reed Davis

Source: Everyday Food, September 2008


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 6-cup (8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch) loaf pan; set aside.

  2. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating just until combined (do not overmix).

  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour (tent with aluminum foil if browning too quickly). Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and turn upright to cool completely.

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  • GreyDove_679
    26 JUL, 2017
    Making a second time, first one fell while cooking. Looked at how people added more ingredients so will see what happens
  • msblackwell311
    16 JUL, 2017
    If you want the cake to bake faster, put it in for about 40 minutes at 400°F.
  • 13232264DW
    26 JUN, 2017
    Also, some cakes you can use buttermilk in the recipe but not usually regular milk. Read up on your cake recipes. Pound cake is such an easy cake to make and you can dress it up or down how you like it.
  • 13232264DW
    26 JUN, 2017
    if you want a little more flavor add vanilla extract or almond extract.
  • moosagesbymarie
    24 JUN, 2017
    Southern Living has a million dollar pound cake which uses Milk. The Betty Crocker website's pound cake uses milk. Just saying....
  • doodlebugsinfo
    22 JUN, 2017
    Just tasted a piece of this that I made a little earlier this evening and it is good, but not great. It is very light on flavor, to me. I had an amazing pound cake recipe some years ago and have misplaced it and can never seem to find a comparable alternative. Maybe it would be better with another quarter cup of sugar and some zest, lemon or orange, to enhance the flavor. I used vanilla and vanilla bean paste and still not enough flavor for me. It is good and the texture is spot on, but it needs a little extra flavor for me.
  • socialw57
    9 JUN, 2017
    Clarification....I don't put milk in my homemade cakes
  • socialw57
    9 JUN, 2017
    Just made this pound cake and it is delicious and very moist. Regarding the comment about milk....cakes don't have milk as one of the ingredients.
  • sdm60yo
    3 JUN, 2017
    Thanks Martha for never letting me down. From Mile High Lemon Pie to this delicious buttery pound cake. You always come through...
  • ljcar246
    24 MAY, 2017
    I believe an ingredient is missing from above recipe - NO milk ~ not in the list of ingredients or in the directions. It's too late for me as it's already in the oven and I will have to throw it away.