Perfectly sweet and dense, a slice of this scrumptious Sour Cream Pound Cake is delightful topped with seasonal berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Your reputation as a baker will increase exponentially with your friends and family when you use my foolproof tips for How to Make a Pound Cake!
With sour cream to keep it moist and along with a fine crumb, this Pound Cake Recipe can’t be beat! Be prepared to give out the recipe.
Sour Cream Pound Cake
A classic pound cake calls for only butter, sugar, eggs and flour. This sour cream version has just a few additions to push it over the top. The sour cream provides a tender crumb and the vanilla and almond extracts boost the flavor complexity.
Yet it is still a very simple cake needing nothing but a fork to enjoy. Adding a Pound Cake Glaze with a thin coating of powdered sugar and water actually helps keep the cake moist and gives a little texture to the already tasty crust.
I had planned to make a sauce from some raspberries I found buried deep in the freezer, but in the end, just used a few fresh berries for garnish. If serving to company, a sweetened raspberry sauce and a dollop of whipped cream would up the elegant factor. Either way, a winner.
Easy Pound Cake Recipe
When you’re not sure of someone’s likes and dislikes, this sour cream pound cake recipe is perfect to serve or give as a gift. Unlike other flavors, like coconut or mint, vanilla anything is usually a winner. There are a few odd ducks who don’t like chocolate (or are allergic—poor souls), then others like the hubby who won’t eat nuts, coconut, dried fruit, and on and on.
We kept a few slices at home but some went to Bill’s mom, a tiny Irish woman who deserves a treat and the rest to some dear friends. If you don’t have any sour cream on hand, this pound cake recipe using heavy cream is another tasty choice! My family really enjoyed this Easy Pound Cake Recipe, and I know it spread some cheer and smiles to all who indulged.
Tips for Making a Pound Cake
Pound cakes are dense with a fine crumb and can be made in numerous flavors with a variety of delicious add-ins. I find them so much easier to make than a layer cake you must frost or cupcakes that look best with piped swirl of buttercream. But the rules for creating a pound cake are slightly different than an ordinary cake. Here’s How to Make a Pound Cake:
- Start with room temperature ingredients. As with all cakes, having the ingredients at room temperature is key. You can set the eggs, butter and cream out on the counter about an hour before mixing. If you forget, just set the eggs into a bowl of hot, not boiling water, to speed up the process.
- Also, use premium ingredients for the best results. Brand name butter, unbleached flour, large eggs and full fat sour cream, and real vanilla extract will give the best results. The flavor will be sacrificed by using margarine, generic butter or artificial vanilla.
- Use the paddle attachment to beat the butter and sugar. This will ensure a smooth dense batter. You do not want to use the whip as it will add air to the batter when your goal is a smooth, thick batter.
- PRO-Tip: Like with a cheesecake, you only want to beat the eggs until they’re just incorporated. And after you add the flour, you do not want to over activate the gluten, so mix just until combined. Do not over mix.
- Grease and flour your Bundt pan. Shortening works best for greasing your pan, but butter or even Baker’s Joy spray works in a pinch.
- Most pound cakes take an hour or more in the oven. Be patient. To check if your pound cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. When the cake is done, the toothpick should come out clean.
- Let the pound cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before gently shaking and flipping it out onto the cooling rack.
- Your pound cake will keep well covered at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. Any longer, wrap well with plastic wrap, then foil and freeze. A well wrapped pound cake can be frozen for 4-6 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is a Pound Cake Called a Pound Cake?
The answer is simple. The original pound cakes called for a pound of sugar, a pound of butter, a pound of flour and a pound of eggs.
How Long Should A Pound Cake Cool Before Removing It from the Pan?
A pound cake should cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before removing it from the pan. Any sooner and the cake may break into pieces. Any longer, the cake may start sticking to the pan.
How Can You Tell When a Pound Cake Is Done?
Use the toothpick test. Insert a toothpick into the middle of the pound cake. When it comes out clean, the pound cake is done. Do this test in more than one location. Check when you start smelling a baked cake aroma or a few minutes before your timer goes off.
What is the Best Pan for a Pound Cake?
Pound cakes bake best in a tube pan like an angel food pan or Bundt pan. Do not use an angel food pan with a removable bottom as the batter will leak out the bottom. Pound cakes can be baked in loaf pans, but if you use a recipe calling for a Bundt pan, the batter will fill more than one loaf pan. The time will need to be adjusted, too.
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Add to Your Shopping List:
Make sure your baking soda is fresh and you have real, not artificial, vanilla extract.
- Check your pantry for granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, baking soda and vanilla extract
- Butter, I use salted, brand name or European butter
- Sour cream
- Large eggs, you’ll need 6
- Almond extract
- Powdered Sugar
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Sour Cream Pound Cake
A dense, classic vanilla pound cake. Perfect served with berries and cream.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 80 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Yield: 10 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert, Cake
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Hot water
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Grease and flour standard Bundt pan (or use Baker’s Joy)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine and cream the butter, sugar, then mix in the sour cream. Sift the baking soda and flour together. Add the sifted flour to the creamed mixture alternating with eggs, beating in each egg one at a time. Add the vanilla and almond and pour the mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on rack, then invert and release from pan.
- If you’d like to add the glaze, make while cake is cooling in pan. Add water to powdered sugar and vanilla till it’s thin enough to brush on and soak into cake a bit. Brush on warm cake.
Adapted from Paul Deen.
This post was shared in July, 2015. The text was updated in 2019.