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.
We'll never get tired of eating pound cake. There's nothing quite like a moist slice that's golden brown on the outside and light and crumbly on the inside. The beauty of a basic Vanilla Pound Cake, like the one pictured here, is that you can eat it unadorned or top it with whipped cream, berries, a citrus glaze, or silky chocolate sauce. We have plenty of recipes for a perfect, basic pound cake, and recipes with bold flavors—red velvet, peaches and cream, and lots of fresh citrus—for a modern take that everyone will love.
A true old-fashioned pound cake gets its name because the original recipe used to call for a pound each of butter, flour, eggs, and sugar. Our food editors have tweaked that basic ratio and developed new iterations that call for extra-rich ingredients like sour cream, condensed milk, and cream cheese. You won't be able to resist our 21st-century recipes of the super spongy cake—and why would you want to? We also have recipes for chocolate lovers. Whether you're ready to go all out with several kinds of chocolate or aren't quite ready to give up a beloved vanilla version, you'll fall head over heels for our variety of super chocolatey pound cake recipes.
Along the way, we'll also introduce a new method for serving pound cake. Once you bake it, place it on the grill along with seasonal summer fruit for the ultimate backyard barbecue dessert. Add a dollop or two of whipped cream for a cloud-like finish.
So, whether you're in the mood to make a timeless, traditional pound cake, a red velvet iteration, or a triple-chocolate layer treat, we have a recipe here for you. Ultimately, though, you can't go wrong: If you bake any one of these recipes, you're in for a delightful dessert.
Three-Layer Pound Cake
Can't decide between chocolate or vanilla? Try baking our ultimate marble pound cake, which features a base layer of dark chocolate batter, a middle layer of milk chocolate batter, and finished with a simple yellow-vanilla mixture on top.
Condensed-Milk Pound Cake
Red Velvet Pound Cake
Lemon Pound Cakes with Candied Lemon Slices
Orange Pound Cake
Grilled Pound Cake with Peaches and Plums
In the heat of summer, why not grill slices of pound cake to impart it with toasted flavor? Serve alongside grilled fruit and a tangy yogurt-whipped cream for a warm-weather treat.
Cream Pound Cake
Tutti-Frutti Pound Cake
Enjoy the magic of a layer cake in this summer dessert recipe. You'll find a heavenly peach mousse studded with fresh sweet cherries in between slices of pound cake.
Martha's Cream-Cheese Pound Cake
Perfect Pound Cake
Cinnamon-Toasted Pound Cake
Warm and comforting, this pound cake tastes like home and feels like a hug.
Best Pound Cake
Here's our best basic pound cake recipe, and whether you prefer a light or a slightly more dense crumb, this recipe delivers. Try the variation for a lighter cake made with sour cream if that's your preference.
Chocolate Pound Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze
This delicious dessert translates the flavors of a peanut butter cup to pound cake form.
Pistachio Pound Cake with Drippy Icing
Cream-Cheese Pound Cakes
This rich make-ahead pound cake recipe calls for six eggs, eight ounces of cream cheese, three sticks of butter, and plenty of sugar.
Blackberry-Swirl Pound Cake
Brown Sugar-Walnut Pound Cake with Peach-Maple Sauce
Double-Chocolate Pound Cake
Double the chocolate means double the deliciousness in this pound cake recipe.
Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Chocolate-Coffee Liqueur Sauce
Think of this recipe as a dense, moist cake with chocolate in every bite. For even more flavor, it's served with a rich sauce made with Kahula.
Orange-Barley Pound Cake
Here's an irresistible twist on pound cake made with orange juice and zest and barley flour which gives this loaf a delicate crumb. And the glaze? It's a simple, delicious mix of confectioners' sugar, orange juice, and orange liqueur.
Brown-Sugar, Maple, and Pecan Pound Cake
Blueberry-Sour Cream Pound Cake with Lemon Cream
Sour cream produces an extra tender pound cake and blueberries make for a wonderfully fruity bite. This recipe makes two loaves, which means twice the result for the same baking effort.
Cinnamon-Raisin Pound Cake with Basic Glaze
The classic fruit-spice combination works wonderfully in pound cake. The glaze is so simple to prepare: It's just confectioners' sugar and milk, but it's just the right touch to finish this loaf cake.