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Classic Pound Cake

A recipe for a dense and buttery pound cake - a classic!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 1 hour 10 minutes
Total 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 628 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter chilled
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 3 egg yolks at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cups granulated sugar
  • cups cake flour

Directions

  1. Cut butter into 16 pieces and place in the bowl of an electric mixer; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to soften slightly. In a small bowl, use a fork to beat together the eggs, yolks and vanilla extract. Let stand at room temperature until ready to use.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8½ by 4½-inch loaf pan.
  3. Beat the butter and salt at medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl once. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and gradually pour in the sugar. Once all of the sugar is added, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, 5 to 8 minutes, scraping the bowl once. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and gradually add the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream. Scrape down the bowl, then beat the mixture at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape down the bowl.
  4. Sift the flour over the batter in 3 additions, folding gently with a rubber spatula after each addition.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking. Let cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely, at least 2 hours, before serving. The cake can be stored, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Classic Pound Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 628 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 260mg87%
Sodium 234mg10%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1195IU24%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.