Pound Cake Recipes

Our pound cake recipes include classic, flavored, gluten-free versions, wedding cake ideas, recipes with add-ins, and we even have lots of sweet and savory pound cake dipping sauce recipes.

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Vanilla Pound Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 2324
The ingredient list for this pound cake recipe is short, just butter, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, eggs, pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. There's no leavening other than the eggs and the air you incorporate into the batter when you cream the butter and sugar together so mix thoroughly. We love this dense, buttery, and rich pound cake and make it often because it’s so versatile and because it tastes so good. Enjoy a slice with a cup of coffee or tea, pair it with whipped cream and berries, or use it as the base for all kinds of desserts.

Coconut-Buttermilk Pound Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 482
Tangy buttermilk balances this rich coconut cake. It's also used to make the thick glaze.

Cream Pound Cake

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.

Grilled Pound Cake with Peaches and Plums

Lots of desserts benefit from a bit of fire, and these flame-kissed plums and peaches atop grill-marked pound cake are no exception. Just a few minutes over the coals gives the fruit a caramelized flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich, slightly tangy yogurt whipped cream topping.

Chocolate Marble Pound Cake

We've dressed up our Classic Pound Cake recipe with chocolate pound cake

Cream-Cheese Pound Cakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 594
Use this cream cheese pound cake recipe anytime you want a deliciously dense plain pound cake. The cream cheese adds richness and a subtle tang. You'll also love that this recipe makes 2 cakes so you can save one for another time; it can be frozen for up to three months. Finally, remember that pound cake is best made the day before you use it meaning it's a great make-ahead dessert.  

Coconut-Pineapple Loaf Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 331
Toasted coconut balances the tart sweetness of pineapple and provides a crunchy topping for this buttery cake. Not too delicate, it's a treat just right for toting.

Brown Sugar, Maple, and Pecan Pound Cake

Rating: 3 stars 129
This pound cake is all about the earthy sweetness of maple syrup and the nutty crunch of toasted pecans.

Lemon Pound Cakes with Candied Lemon Slices

Lemon four ways amps up these sour-cream pound cakes: zest goes into the batter, and the loaves are finished with lemon syrup, glaze, and candied pieces of the citrus.

Classic Pound Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 828
Light on effort, heavy on flavor, pound cake has earned its centuries-long popularity. Learn how to make this traditional, crowd-pleasing dessert.

Condensed-Milk Pound Cake

Put a twist on classic pound cake with an underrated pantry ingredient: sweetened condensed milk. It does double duty here: it goes into the batter and the lime glaze on top.

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 302
This Glazed Lemon Pound Cake doesn't rise very much, so don't be surprised if it's shorter than you might expect.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our All-Time Favorite Pound Cake Recipes
Our collection of pound cake recipes includes everything from classic vanilla and cinnamon spice to chocolate and citrus flavors. If you're in the mood to make this traditional treat, know that there's a sweet recipe here for you.
Glazed Lemon Pound Cake
Rating: Unrated 909
Get the most lemon flavor into this pound cake by grating the lemon zest first, then squeezing out the juice. Lemon zest, juice, and glaze give you triple the lemon for a crowd-pleasing pound cake.
Basic Pound Cake
Rating: 3 stars 141

Enjoy a slice of this classic cake on its own or topped with berries and whipped cream.