16 Pound Cake Recipes You'll Love

Pound cake is a rich dessert traditionally made with a pound of butter, flour, eggs, and sugar. Consider it a blank slate for new, innovative flavor variations, including fruit-filled, chocolate, lemon, and sour cream. We've got a pound cake for every craving!

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    Classic Pound Cake

    Classic pound cake is super easy to make thanks to its basic ingredients -- butter, sugar, eggs -- that most people already in their kitchens. Our recipe uses cake flour for a lighter pound cake, but all-purpose flour can be substituted. Or make it a gluten-free pound cake with our easy flour substitutes.

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    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.

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    Blood Orange Pound Cake

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

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    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 smooth milk chocolate ganache slathers the upgraded pound cake.

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    White Chocolate and Almond Pound Cake

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. The warm slices of cake (drizzled with orange juice) are even more decadent when topped with cool, fluffy whipped cream, chopped pistachio nuts, and our espresso chocolate sauce.

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    Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake

    Eating cake for breakfast just got real. Look to zingy grapefruit zest, juice, and fruit slices to get things going. Make it extra sweet by using any leftover pulp for a simple DIY syrup!

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    Almond Pound Cake

    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 mouthwatering mocha mixture. Stacks of orange slices and broiled pound cake layer on a mocha-cream cheese spread for a succulent balance of sweet and citrus.

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    Bananas Suzette over Pound Cake

    Now here's a pound cake you'll go bananas for. The 15-minute recipe coats the fruit in orange liqueur, nutmeg, and sugar. Use it on browned premade pound cake. Ice cream makes it a dream dessert.

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    Lime-Infused Coconut Pound Cake

    Topped with a citrus-coconut glaze, lime zest, 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

    Layers of cool and creamy whipped coffee spread make the ideal accompaniment to warm mocha pound cake. Instant coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavor the cake.

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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. A few simple additions transform the basic recipe into lemon-poppy seed pound cake or blueberry pound cake.

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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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    Triple Citrus Pound Cake

    Pucker up! This citrus-lemon pound cake is as tart as it gets. An easy powdered sugar drizzle sweetens things up. Make it a vegan lemon pound cake, with our super simple substitutions!

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    Vanilla Sparkling Wine Pound Cake

    Because wine makes everything better. Look to sparkling wine to add light acidity in this wedding-worthy pound cake. Bake it in a pretty Bundt cake mold for party-perfect pound cake.

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    Lemon Bundt Cake

    But first: Instagram. This photo-worthy, homemade lemon pound cake is all about the glaze. All you need to make it: powdered sugar and meyer lemons. De-lish!

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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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    Cherry-Smothered White Chocolate Pound Cake

    Not one, but two hits of white chocolate make this pound cake extra enticing: first in the batter and second in the drizzle. Brandy-spiked cherry compote takes it over the top in the best way.

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    Berry Cake

    No holiday party is complete without a pound cake. This one's made with cranberries, raspberries, and pomegranate, and gets its gorgeous swirl from raspberry jam.

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    Bundt Pan Ice Cream Cake

    Say hello to the coolest summer cake you'll ever make. (And in three easy steps!) Start with packaged pound cake mix, slice the baked cake in half, then sandwich with your favorite ice cream or sorbet.

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    How to Make Pound Cake

    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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