Cream Pound Cake

pound cake strawberry sauce
Photo: Marcus Nilsson
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins

This recipe is a key building block in our Strawberry Shortcake Sundaes. It makes more than you'll need for the sundaes; serve the leftovers as an afternoon snack, with tea or coffee.


  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan

  • 2 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for pan

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ¼ cups sugar

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ½ cup heavy cream, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan, then dust with flour, tapping out excess. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.

  2. In another bowl, cream butter on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until mixture is light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir vanilla into cream in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 batches of cream mixture, beating until combined.

  3. Transfer batter to prepared pan, smoothing top with an offset spatula. Bake until a tester inserted in middle comes out clean, about 1 hour, 25 minutes. Let cake cool in pan about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool completely before serving. Cake can be stored at room temperature up to 1 week.

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