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16 Pound Cake Recipes You'll Love

Pound cake, the rich dessert traditionally made with a pound of butter, flour, eggs, and sugar, can be interpreted in a variety of delicious flavors thanks to new twists and innovative ingredients. We have classic pound cake recipes, such as sour cream pound cake, as well as irresistible chocolate and fruit-flavored pound cakes.


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    • Classic Pound Cake

      Classic pound cake is not only delicious but also easy to make thanks to its basic ingredients -- butter, sugar, eggs -- that are already in your kitchen. Our recipe incorporates cake flour for a lighter pound cake, but all-purpose flour can be substituted if cake flour is unavailable.

    • Banana Nut Pound Cake

      If you're a fan of banana bread, you'll love this pound cake flavored with bananas and bourbon. Chopped pecans add texture, and a swirl of cream cheese perfects the dense, crumbly cake.

    • Blood Orange Pound Cake

      Blood orange, a crimson-color fruit, adds sweet, citrusy flavor to this luscious pound cake recipe. Once baked, the cake is coated with a thick and bubbly rum-flavored sauce, while a side of blood orange-infused whipped cream completes the dessert.

    • Milk Chocolate Pound Cake

      Who says you have to stick with a classic pound cake recipe? Switch things up by blending finely chopped milk chocolate morsels into your next pound cake. It only gets better for chocolate-lovers when the upgraded pound cake is slathered in smooth milk chocolate ganache.

    • White Chocolate and Almond Pound Cake

      A dash of almond extract and silky sour cream are all you need to elevate your average pound cake into a crowd-pleasing masterpiece. This ultra-appetizing almond pound cake becomes even more irresistible when slathered with our white chocolate glaze and a sprinkling of chopped almonds.

    • Secrets to Perfect Pound Cake

      Watch our guide to baking a classic pound cake recipe. We'll show you some simple techniques and quality ingredients that are certain to result in outstanding pound cake.

    • Triple-Citrus Pound Cake

      Make this irresistible citrus pound cake for any occasion! Grapefruit, lime, and orange lend zest to the rich pound cake recipe. Topped with candied orange slices and citrus glaze, the dessert is as showstopping as it is delectable.

    • Grilled Pound Cake with Espresso Chocolate Sauce

      For a warm-weather spin on your classic pound cake recipe, grill slices of frozen or prepared pound cake on a charcoal grill and top with our homemade espresso chocolate sauce. The warm slices of cake, drizzled and seared with orange juice, are even more decadent when topped with cool, fluffy whipped cream and chopped pistachio nuts.

    • Almond Pound Cake

      To achieve the perfect pound cake texture, start with cold butter and cream cheese. This prevents the ingredients from becoming too warm during the mixing. Then add almond extract to the pound cake mixture for a distinct, sweet flavor that complements the cream cheese glaze.

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      Mocha Pound Cake Stacks

      Transform frozen pound cake into an indulgent dessert by adding our mouth-watering mocha mixture. Stacks of orange slices and broiled pound cake blend with a mocha-cream cheese spread for a succulent balance of sweet and citrus.

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      Lime-Infused Coconut Pound Cake

      Topped with a citrus-coconut glaze, lime peel, and toasted coconut flakes, this twist on classic pound cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The luxurious pound cake gets tart flavor from fresh lime juice and a smooth, buttery texture from cream of coconut.

      Test Kitchen Tip: To toast curls of fresh coconut, spread them in a single layer in a shallow baking pan and bake for 5 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

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      Merry Mocha Pound Cake

      A cool and creamy whipped coffee spread is the ideal accompaniment to these warm mocha pound cake stacks. The layers of cake are made with instant coffee and unsweetened chocolate.

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      Sour Cream Pound Cake

      Substitute sour cream for some of the butter in your traditional pound cake recipe to make your dessert extra moist. The basic ingredients used in this recipe can be transformed easily into lemon-poppy seed pound cake or blueberry pound cake with a few simple additions.

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      Pumpkin Pound Cake

      With warm ingredients like ground cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, this spiced pound cake pairs perfectly with a warm mug of coffee or hot chocolate. Canned pumpkin keeps the cake moist, while raisins, pecans, and cherries dot the dessert. A light brushing of orange juice and a sprinkle of coarse sugar finish the pound cake, which can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.

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      Vanilla Sparkling Wine Pound Cake

      Sparkling wine adds light acidity to both the glaze and batter used in this wedding shower-ready pound cake. Bake the delightful dessert in a pretty Bundt cake mold for party-perfect pound cake.

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      Miniature Orange-Cranberry Pound Cakes

      These petite pound cakes make a great potluck or bake sale addition. Packed with dried cranberries and flavored with warm nutmeg, the mini pound cakes gain both zest and sweetness from their brown sugar-orange juice topping.

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      In his American Classics series, cooking guru Scott Peacock offers the inside scoop on making a velvety and deliciously dense perfect pound cake.
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