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 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. Or make a delicious Fresh Strawberry Compote with your summer berries!

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 | Perfect topped with summer berries

Vanilla Pound Cake

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

A dense, delicious, versatile pound cake.


  • 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: 290Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 223mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 6g


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