Vanilla Pound Cake

filed under: Cakes on February 23, 2019

Classic Vanilla Pound Cake never disappoints. Pure vanilla flavor with a soft crumb, this is one of our favorites! If you love pound cake, don’t miss my Cream Cheese Pound Cake, Lemon Pound Cake, and Chocolate Pound Cake!

Vanilla Pound Cake

Moist Vanilla Pound Cake

There is nothing worse than a dry pound cake, and nothing better than a perfectly moist one! This recipe has a crumble that is to die for, with the purest delicious vanilla flavor. I love that there are only five ingredients in this entire recipe.

  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • flour
  • milk

Use the best quality you can find as that will help ensure a delicious and perfect pound cake!

I have made many variations of this recipe and have found that whole milk works great, but if you happen to ever have a dry pound cake there are a few things you can do to fix that:

  • use extra-large eggs
  • substitute buttermilk for whole milk…In fact, I have four buttermilk recipes here!
  • make sure your flour is properly measured
  • if you live at a higher altitude, be sure to check out adaptations in my High Altitude Baking Tips

How to Measure Flour

To accurately measure flour, take a fork and sift the flour in the bag. Use a spoon and add the flour to the measuring cup (make sure you are using a dry measuring cup!) then use the back of a knife to level the measuring cup.

How to Bake Pound Cake

How Do You Prepare a Pan for Pound Cake?

One of my favorite methods is to use parchment paper to line the pans. This ensures that none of your cake will stick to the pan.

By far my favorite way to prepare a bundt pan is with GOOP (as grandma calls it) or Pan Release. The recipe is simple and you can easily keep it in on hand. I spread a generous coat around the loaf pan with a pastry brush. One important aspect of using Goop is when to remove the cake from the loaf pan. I will let the cake set in the pan for about 5 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack.

You can also use the traditional butter + flour method, which is buttering the pan generously then adding about a 1/4 cup flour. Slowly turn the pan around and around making sure the flour covers every nook and cranny. Tip it over the garbage and shake out the excess.

You can also use bakers spray, which is an aerosol pan release. I prefer the “bakers” version (says it contains flour) as it seems to work best on pound cakes.

Pound Cake Recipe

How to Tell if Pound Cake is Done Baking

My favorite method of testing involves a toothpick. Around the 55min mark, insert the toothpick and then remove it. (Be careful, I have more burns on my hands than I care to admit.) If you see a few crumbs that is a GOOD thing, your pound cake is done baking. Wet batter on the toothpick means it needs to bake longer. If you happen to notice that the top is browned but your pound cake still needs to bake, you can gently cover it with a foil tent to make sure it will not brown anymore

5 Ingredient Pound Cake

What Do You Serve with Pound Cake?

Pound cake can be served warm, room temperature, and is even delicious served cold. No matter what you do with this Vanilla Pound Cake, I know you love it! I happen to love this cake all on its own, but here are a few ways to jazz it up:

  • whipped cream – traditional whipped cream, peppermint whipped cream, even an orange infused whipped cream would be amazing
  • chocolate ganache (this is my favorite recipe)
  • fresh fruit – A fun trick is to pile fruit in the center of the pound cake and then more on top! Drizzle with maple syrup for a beautiful presentation.
  • buttercream piped on – as seen on my Harvest Chocolate Bundt Cake
  • glaze – we love a simple vanilla glaze, but flavored glaze such as lemon works beautifully too
  • confectioner’s sugar – a soft dusting can transform a pound cake
5 from 12 votes
Vanilla Pound Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Cooling Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

A classic pound cake!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vanilla Pound Cake
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 cups (454 g) butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups (600 g) granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 cups (500 g) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2/3 cup (163 g) whole milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 ° F.
  2. Grease 3 - 8x4 inch loaf pans, then line with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  5. Beat in the flour alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated.
  6. Pour batter evenly into loaf pans. Bake for 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out mostly clean.

  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans. Strip off the parchment paper and cool completely on wire racks.

Recipe Video

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  • Angela says:

    Love your stuff! I don’t see vanilla in the recipe. How much do you recommend?

  • Anni Kemper says:

    I love these recipes.

  • Sue VanStockum Trujillo says:

    Can you make the pound cake in a Bundy pan ?

  • Lisa says:

    I have always kept a container of dry spaghetti near the oven in order to check cake doneness. It’s much longer than a toothpick, and if it breaks by accident, (shrug) nobody is eating wood. 😉

  • Raichu says:

    I don’t see raising agent BP or BS. Was this accidently missed

    • Michelle says:

      I wondered the same thing, but followed the recipe and didn’t add any. Cake rose beautifully even without leavening.

      Just make sure to cream your butter/sugar well. Mix them on a high speed, stopping and scraping the sides occasionally, until the mixture lightens in color and is so fluffy you want to sleep on it. The air incorporated while creaming the butter/sugar acts as a sort of leavening.

  • Heather says:

    Hi – is there no vanilla in this recipe?….Looks delicious in the photos!

    • Amanda says:

      No, I didn’t add any as the vanilla flavor comes from the sugar. You can certainly add up to 2 teaspoons if you want.

  • NRS says:

    Hi! How much salt would I use if I’m using unsalted butter in this? Thanks

    • Michelle says:

      I used about 2 tsp. salt with the 2 cups unsalted butter, and it turned out good.

  • Rosanne says:

    You dont add vanilla in the vanilla pound cake

  • NRS says:

    Amanda, would it work if I halved the recipe and used a 9×5 loaf pan? Thanks so much!

  • mlf says:

    I made the vanilla pound cake just as the recipe states I substituted buttermilk for the whole milk. I used a tube pan instead of loaf pan, my cake was brown at top but underneath the crust about inch was not fully cooked. I baked it for 1 1/2hours

  • Nonhlanhla Dlamini says:

    I love this recipe

  • Andee Kauffman says:

    Can you use 1 9×13 pan instead of loaf pans?


  • Adaobi Ezeobi says:

    Wow i tried it n came out nice you are my mentor n super hero

  • Carla says:

    I just want to make one loaf, how do I do that!

  • connie jamieson says:

    This was easy and moist and super easy. Way better than any store bought brand. Thank you

  • Anthonia says:

    Thanks your recipes and explanations are so easy to understand. You are the best!

  • Naiha says:

    Hi just wondering do you not add baking powder or vanilla essence to this cake? And if I want to make one pan what would be the recipe thanks.

  • Jackie Eide says:

    I finally made this recipe yesterday and it’s fabulous! I did add 2 teaspoons each of salt and vanilla. And it browned beautifully. Needless to say, this was my breakfast this morning.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      lol I love that Jackie!

  • Debbie says:

    Just curious, can this be made with vanilla almond milk?

  • Jean says:

    I saw several questions about baking in a different pan but no answers. I was also wondering about a bundt pan or two 9 x 5 loaf pans too What would be the bake time and would oven temp change?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I have not made it in other pans so can’t advise on appropriate baking times.

  • Yashika says:

    What to do if not having an oven?? 🤔

  • peggy sheathelm says:

    what on earth did I do wrong exact measurements , directions oven temp
    used bakers spray with flour and a tube pan
    i did use buttermilk
    tested cake crumbs easily released from pan but whole outside was browned and crusty hard today even the inside is dry!!!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Oh dear! So sorry! Sounds like it was a bit overbaked. 🙁

  • Kakande jorvan says:

    Nice soft cake

  • Ana says:

    Where is the vanilla? I didn’t see vanilla in recipe and is a vanilla pound cake

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      YOu don’t need to add vanilla when it can be naturally achieved with real ingredients.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Love all of your recipes!!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    So nice to bake without breaking the budget!

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