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Vanilla Pound Cake

Recipe photo courtesy of Reed Davis

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!

Source: Everyday Food, September 2008
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  • mini_skinny
    21 APR, 2018
    Great basic recipe that can be added to for a moist, delicious cake. Changes: I added 4 tbsp baking powder, zest from 2 lemons, 1 tsp almond and 1 tsp lemon extract, I used 2 tsps vanilla. It was so moist, crispy on the crust and perfect sweetness. I baked it on one rack lower than the middle for an hour and tented it for the last 10 minutes.
    • mini_skinny
      25 APR, 2018
      Sorry tipatac and everyone else. There is no way to adjust this comment. I used 4 teaspoons baking powder.
    • tipatac
      22 APR, 2018
      Did you add 4 tbsp or 4 tsp of baking powder?
  • cindybperk8871364
    23 FEB, 2018
    I followed the recipe, watched the video, and followed and directions. It was a disaster! Too dense, with an egg-y flavor. I’m deleting this recipe!
    • mini_skinny
      21 APR, 2018
      I added 4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp lemon and almond extract, just 2 tsp vanilla, lemon zest. It turned out great. Needs the baking powder, otherwise it is too heavy.
  • 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....
    • byubaby831
      2 APR, 2018
      I’ve made a cake that’s an old recipe handed down for 4 generations now that uses milk & we have enjoyed it & shared throughout the years, so perhaps some do not require milk, but to say cake recipes NEVER have milk as an ingredient is not accurate!!!
  • holly_899
    25 FEB, 2018
    Quite a nice cake. I made HALF of this recipe as I am using the pound cake as a base for a fruit tart. I halved all the ingredients and baked the cake in the same size pan as recommended in recipe at 350 but for 45 minutes only. It gave me a cake about an inch and a half in height. I’ve never baked a pound cake before and although it wouldn’t be my first choice in cake I thought this one turned out nicely.
    • holly_899
      25 FEB, 2018
      As well I didn’t even realize this recipe had a video until after I made it. I followed the instructions well and made sure to blend the sugar and butter for 5-7 minutes and beat the eggs in separately (they were straight fro my fridge, NOT room temperature) and my cake turned out just fine. I even microwaved the butter for about 21 second season because I had just bought it from the store and it was still a bit cool.
  • gdivay
    19 FEB, 2018
    It was easy to make but it was not very good at all. I will never use this recipe again. Waste of products.
  • tien2959509
    25 JAN, 2018
    My first time baking pound cake. No baking powder, spared more time in mixing butter and sugar. Also added 3 tablespoon of evaporated milk. Turned out surprisingly good and tasty. Not dry yet tasty. Love it! Such a simple and basic cake, it's definitely my favourite.
  • dunnwalter
    14 JAN, 2018
    You should really change the recipe to reflect what is said in the video. The recipe says that all items should be room temperature, I didn't do that with my eggs. It also says to cream the butter first then gradually add sugar. The recipe doesn't state to do this separately. I didn't realize that I had to watch the video first to make sure I was making this correctly...had I known that was a requirement maybe my pound cake would have turned out better. I'm a new baker so the abbreviated instructions really let me down.
  • ydwils
    27 DEC, 2017
    Very easy, tastes great and not real heavy.. Thanks!
  • 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
    • angeline2005
      25 OCT, 2017
      Made the cake today. Exactly according to the recipe. Unfortunately it turned out awfully dry. Don't think I would make this cake again.
  • MS12102049
    23 AUG, 2017
    I think some readers are confused. This is a pound cake....the title referring to a pound of sugar, flour and butter....other cakes use milk or buttermilk but a true pound cake is really this simple and rich. I always add more vanilla but going to try the orange zest and essence next time. And then you have the sour creme pound cake recipes but the beating is the key!

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