Whether it’s for a dinner party with family or just a sweet tooth craving, this simple Southern delicacy will always meet your expectations. And they come in so many different mouthwatering flavors! Here are 9 deliciously easy pound cake recipes that will make you the baking superstar you always knew you could be.
Pound cakes are super simple recipes. Flour, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla – sounds pretty basic, right? But they are so delicious. And when you pair them with homemade whipped cream, delicious berries, or a tangy strawberry sauce, you will really see the magic happen.
This interesting question pops up quite often. Pound cake gets its name from the amount of each ingredient it takes to make this cake. A genuine pound cake is made of a pound each of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. Fortunately, it’s very forgiving, so you don’t need to use this exact amount every time. But at least you know how it got its name.
Pound cakes do tend to be denser than most cakes. But that’s what makes them so good. On the other hand, it may turn out heavier than what you were expecting. One time it was because I forgot the baking powder. 😬 However, it could be too much flour or too long in the oven. It’s also crucial to bring the ingredients to room temperature to do their job making a light cake.
Sometimes the oven runs a little hotter than the dial says it should. That makes the outside bake way faster than the middle part, burning the outside while the middle is still not done.
A way to avoid that is to use a bundt or tube pan. Another way is to wrap the cake pan with a damp towel when you put it in the oven to prevent the outer part of the cake from cooking before the middle. You can also lower the temperature and bake it longer.
Serving and Storage Instructions
Pound cake is best stored at room temperature for an incredible melt-in-your-mouth experience. It will last in an airtight container for a couple of days.
If you think it will be around longer than that, you can refrigerate it for four or five days.
And yes, you can freeze it. When you’re ready to dig into this deliciousness, let it thaw overnight in the fridge. You can pull it out of the fridge to bring it to room temperature about half an hour before serving.
The Pound Cake Recipe Roundup
1. Sweet Potato Pound Cake
What better way to use up your leftover sweet potatoes during the holidays? This sweet potato pound cake recipe with its fabulous fall flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves will wow your family and delight your guests. This simple and delicious dessert with holiday spices will satisfy your soul with every bite.
2. Southern Pound Cake
This Southern classic pound cake is sweet, tender, and full of taste. The crusty outside and the soft inside make it way more delicious to enjoy.
And the best thing is you can make this delicacy with just eight simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
This cake becomes extra tasty when paired with a sweet caramel drizzle over whipped cream, then topped with Candied Pecans. Oh yeah! Since this luscious dessert is a holiday specialty, it goes really great with a Baked Turkey Breast, Roast Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Green Bean Casserole.
3. Sour Cream Pound Cake
Think of the drool-worthy deliciousness of pound cake taken to the next level with the tartness of sour cream. And, of course, the extra fat never hurts. Since its flavor is more neutral than, say, Strawberry Pound Cake, it goes perfectly with everything.
The sour cream is always a perfect match with fruit. Topping it with my Tropical Fruit Salad and a dollop of Homemade Whipped Cream is the perfect summer get-away. If you want something with a holiday flair, try it with caramel sauce and pumpkin butter. Yum!
4. Chocolate Pound Cake
Have you ever experienced a chocolate craving that just refused to go away? Diet or not, this chocolate pound cake topped with a creamy chocolate ganache is the way to satisfy the most insistent of cravings. And it’s super simple with a relatively short list of ingredients.
5. 7 UP Pound Cake
This classic Southern comfort food is famous for more than just using 7UP to get a good rise. It’s also the traditional comfort food to take to your friends when their life has taken a not-so-pleasant turn. So put the coffee pot on and get ready to be a true friend.
A scoop of orange cream ice cream is the perfect match for this luscious cake. But it’s not always easy to find, so try my Rum Raisin Pineapple Ice Cream for the next best thing. And obviously, you can’t miss out on the Homemade Whipped Cream and pot o’ coffee.
6. Strawberry Pound Cake
What better way to beat the chill out of a cold winter day or celebrate the coming of spring than with a pound cake loaded with strawberries?
Oh, and the strawberry glaze takes it beyond comfort food into the absolutely divine.
A dab of lemon curd wouldn’t hurt either.😉 Lemon and strawberries go surprisingly well together.
7. Peach Cobbler Pound Cake
Imagine your favorite peach cobbler in the form of a pound cake. Oh, the cinnamon, nutmeg, and just a touch of bourbon amps up the spring vibes. Yum! The mouthwatering chunks of peaches and vanilla cream glaze are a match made in heaven.
A tall glass of Southern Sweet Tea is the ideal beverage with this cake. Both the drink and the cake travel well to the family picnic with Pulled Pork, Easy Coleslaw, and, my favorite, Ranch Potato Salad.
8. Cream Cheese Pound Cake
This pound cake is sure to amaze your family and guests. There’s no need to tell them how super easy it was to make. With the cream cheese for a luscious mouthfeel and the mint-lime glaze for the perfect zing, they will all think you’ve become a super chef. Yay!
Besides a pot of coffee, this pound cake pairs extraordinarily well with an ice-cold Mango Margarita. It’s the mint-lime glaze that does the trick. A Strawberry Daiquiri has the same effect. And, of course, you just have to top it off with a huge spoonful of Homemade Whipped Cream. Drooling!
9. Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake
A most divine pound cake recipe drizzled with lemon and almond glaze gives you tangy and sweet melded together in pure perfection. If you need a ray of sunshine in your life, this is the one. This bright lemony cake will chase all of your blues away.
Sorry guys, I say this makes the perfect breakfast with a pot of coffee. I’d be tempted to cook up some Oven-Baked Bacon, add an egg or two, and call it done. But if you need an afternoon pick-me-up, Lemon Curd and whipped cream mixed together are delicious on top of scrumptious.
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