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A Vanilla Pound Cake is one of the most versatile dessert recipes you can make. It can be served with a variety of toppings, from fresh fruit to ice cream and fudge sauce.

Plus a versatile, simple vanilla pound cake can also be cut up and turned into a trifle or parfait.

Slice of Vanilla Pound Cake on a white dessert plate topped with berries

Vanilla Pound Cake

We packed our bags and head out on our annual summer trip to visit our family. My mother-in-law, spry as can be at age 87,  just froze 8 quarts of strawberries, so I wrapped up this Vanilla Pound Cake and tucked it in amongst the suitcases. Served in thin slices with syrupy berries would be an ideal summer dessert.

Whole Vanilla Pound Cake on a white ruffled plate topped with berries

Simple Vanilla Pound Cake 

Well, Jane declared this the best pound cake she’d ever eaten, and I must admit it rivals my Best Pound Cake for that title. Tight crumb, moist, with the perfect punch of vanilla, this cake doesn’t require cake flour, which makes it ideal for those whose pantry isn’t fully stocked. And if you’d like to try a special cake for Christmas, this Holiday Cream Cheese Pound Cake will have everyone talking once you cut a slice!

 Whole Vanilla Pound Cake on a white platter with a slice removed

Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #28: Low calcium levels can trigger your body to store fat. Who wants THAT? I eat a Greek yogurt mid-morning nearly every day. Besides a boost of protein to stave off hunger, it’s a great source of calcium.

This Vanilla Pound Cake recipe can be seen on the Architect Mom blog.


Vanilla Pound Cake

Vanilla Pound Cake

A dense, delicious, versatile pound cake.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield 12 servings


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 sticks (8 oz each) unsalted butter, at room temp.
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temp, lightly whisked
  • 1 cup milk, at room temp
  • 2 t. vanilla extract


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Mind you, I do not sift & this cake was still totally delicious.
  2. Beat the butter with a paddle attachment (or hand held mixer) at medium speed until smooth. With the machine running, add the sugar in a steady stream. Scrape down the sides as needed. Beat until light and fluffy - about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. With the mixer still running at medium speed, add the eggs in small additions (about a tablespoon at a time). If the mixture becomes to watery or shiny, stop adding eggs and beat more. Scrape down the sides as needed. The mixture is properly combined when it appears white, fluffy and increased in volume.
  4. With the mixer running on low, add the flour mix and milk alternately - 4 additions of flour, 3 of milk, scraping as needed and mixing until batter is smooth after each addition.
  5. Add the vanilla and mix just to blend.
  6. Bake in a butter and floured bundt pan or 10 inch tube pan at 350 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean).
  7. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes and then invert out of pan and cool to room temp.
  8. Serve in thin slices.


Recipe adapted from Baking with Julia. From Flo Braker.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 53mg Sodium: 223mg Carbohydrates: 59g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 33g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g
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45 comments on “Vanilla Pound Cake”

  1. What a gorgeous pound cake, I love the fresh berry topping!

  2. Liz, I love that your desserts always have fresh fruit. It would make me feel less guilty when enjoying a slice. The recipe does sound amazing!:)

  3. What a nice idea, the summers fruits looks gorgeous in these faboulous pound cake 🙂

  4. What a beautiful pound cake. Love your photos too.. vivid and colorful.

  5. With all these chocolate cakes i bake and see in the web I almost forgot how delicious and refreshing looks a simple yet elegant vanilla cake!

  6. I love pound cake and yours is beautiful with the berries Liz! Interesting tip about calcium… I knew it couldn’t be the chocolate chip cookies that were making me fat:@)

  7. I live the styling in both the whole cake, as well as on the slice with the use of those plump berries. Looks good!

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  8. Sometimes simple desserts are the best 🙂 I would some with fresh berries 🙂

  9. Looks absolutely delicious!

  10. What a gorgeous summer dessert with the first local strawberries (at least they would be first here, a little late but better than never). And such high praise from Jane, pound cake was my MILs favourite too, must be a generational thing. I’ve inly ever made one pound cake and it was a coconut pound cake, on the BBQ no less; it was for one of our progressive dinners themed: BBQ (everything had to be made on the Barbie!)

  11. Pound cakes are so perfect with summer fruits and berries!

  12. I love pound cake and this one looks so delicious. I make one with cream cheese and love it, but I will be giving this one a try…it looks so good and tight crumb, as you said…thanks for sharing!

  13. That looks fantastic in a tube pan! Great texture, too….glad it went over well.

  14. The plain vanilla pound cake is the quintessential French dessert or snack. And this one looks perfect.

  15. Liz! this pound cake is gorgeous, gorgeous!!! pound cake is hard. . I’ve tried before. . so pinning this recipe now! can’t wait to try it!

  16. What a beautiful looking cake! bet it was delicious with the berries.

  17. That’s how we eat pound cake too, with strawberries. Our berries are soaked in Cointreau and topped with whipped cream and that’s why I’m not that skinny chick. 🙂

  18. I never met a pound cake I didn’t like and I’m sure this one and I would become fast friends!

  19. The strawberries look really fresh and delicious.

  20. Looks perfect, Liz! You amaze me!

  21. I still want to come raid your fruit stash 🙂
    Your tube version came out really nicely. Flo Braker’s recipes rarely disappoint.

  22. This cake is just stunningly gorgeous, Lizzy!

  23. I love pound cake. This one looks yummy. The fresh fruit is perfect with this pound cake.

  24. Oh yes please! Pound cake with fresh fruit is one of my all time favorites!

  25. Haven’t had a pound cake in ages! Yours looks light and smooth..almost like a chiffon. Excellent!

  26. As simple and delicious it is, it goes with with all the summer fruit… or just plain would be fine with me!

    ela h.

  27. The cake looks perfect with the fresh berries.

  28. I need to make a classic cake like this. I keep meaning to but it gets pushed aside for something else. Great skinny tip. I’ve never been much of a dairy fan so I take a gummy calcium and vitamin D supplement and love it! Better than candy!

  29. Hmm..yum… love how your serve your pound cake with. Simply gorgeous.
    Hope you’re having a fabulous day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  30. We love your Vanilla Pound Cake recipe over here at Yum Goggle and would love for you to submit your fantastic photos to our site! Our policy is that if you take the time to bake and photograph something, we should feature it!

  31. Liz,
    the truth is: you could take anything, including a paper bag, and make it look exquisite.

    Damn you. xxxxxxx

  32. I had no idea that lower calcium triggers the body to store fat! Good thing I love my daily dose of Greek yogurt too!

    This pound cake looks fabulous! Dense and moist just how I like it! Have a wonderful trip!

  33. So beautiful as always, even for such a plain cake. The vanilla flavor of this cake was wonderful.

  34. Love pound cake with fresh fruit and yours looks gorgeous! I have been looking for another pound cake recipe and can’t wait to try yours:)

  35. A beautiful pound cake. Perfect with strawberries.



  36. Gorgeous summer pound cake – I love the garnish of the fresh berries. Your family sounds like great fun!

  37. I love this Lizzy look delicious!
    I love strawberries!!

  38. Your tube pan cake looks absolutely perfect. And the berries, too. I thought this recipe was pretty spot on as well.

  39. This is a beautiful looking cake I have been looking for a pound cake recipe that packs a real vanilla flavour so I am definitely going to give this one a try.

  40. LIzzy,
    Your pound looks delish! I can’t wait to try it. I have a pound cake recipe I like but I could always use another great recipe.

  41. I see the gorgeous berry situation is a family thing…jaja! I absolutely love baking pound cake. Must try your ‘best recipe’ soon!

  42. A beauty! I love simple cakes with berries because it’s what my mom used to serve.

  43. I am totally bookmarking this pound cake… it looks amazing. Thanks for the skinny tip… I can use them and I will definitely look forward to them. 🙂

  44. I missed this one, but I’m looking forward to making it on a catch-up week. Anything that’s a contender for best pound cake is definitely worth a try!

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