Brown-Sugar Pound Cake

1 9-inch loaf

Fresh fruit compotes, like our Dried-Apricot Compote With Late-Harvest Riesling, are luscious on top of this cake.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan

  • 1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter and lightly flour a 9-by-4 1/2-by-2 3/4-inch loaf pan; set aside. Whisk eggs together in a bowl; set aside.

  2. In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes. Add vanilla and almond extracts, and mix until combined. Drizzle in the beaten eggs, a little at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  4. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, and mix, on low speed, just until flour is incorporated. Using a spatula, spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.

  5. Bake cake until richly browned on top and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour. Run a knife around inside of pan, and turn out cake. Wrap in plastic wrap, and store at room temperature up to 2 days.

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