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A close up of sliced traditional pound cake

Classic Pound Cake

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


This traditional pound cake is a slight variation on the classic recipe, instead adding a richer flavor with the addition of brown sugar and vanilla. The perfect dessert alone or with berries and whipped cream or ice cream!



  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for dusting if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9″ loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer (affiliate link) combine butter and sugar and beat at medium high speed 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time continuing to mix one minute in between eggs.
  4. Add vanilla and beat one more additional minute.
  5. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add flour, then milk. Batter will be quite thick.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and tap gently to settle. Bake for 1 hour or until top is a golden brown. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan.

Keywords: pound cake