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slices of butter pound cake

Old Fashioned Southern 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 old fashioned butter pound cake is easy to make from scratch with just a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand! 


Units Scale
  • 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 or spray thoroughly with nonstick spray.
  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.


  • you MUST use room temperature butter and eggs
  • do not skip the minute of beating in between adding ingredients

Keywords: pound cake