27 Perfect Pound Cakes We Can't Get Enough Of
Give your go-to pound cake recipe a breather and try one of these pound cake recipes from scratch. Pound for pound, a pound cake is a dessert that certainly satisfies above its weight. A true Southern favorite, these pound cake recipes are simple and delicious. The Two-Step Pound Cake is an easy-to-make recipe, best served with ice cream or fresh berries. For a bite-size treat that is a decadent pleasure, enjoy the Mini Triple Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake. One of our readers’ favorite recipes, it mixes cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and semisweet chocolate, creating an irresistible combination. If you prefer a more sophisticated approach to this simple dessert, try our Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze. Or, for simply Southern flavors, bake a Sour Cream or Key Lime Pound Cake. Any way you slice it, these pound-cake recipes are worth their weight in sweet delight.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Two-Step Pound Cake
Recipe: Two-Step Pound Cake
This recipe is so easy you may start serving this classic dessert with every meal. Top with ice cream or seasonal fruits for a tasty combination.
Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
This recipe is based on a classic Southern favorite called 7UP Pound Cake, which was created in the 1950s when the soda company suggested using its soft drink instead of other liquid in pound cake recipes. The result: one of the best, and simplest, cakes you'll ever make.
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
We took the traditional pound cake recipe and gave it a stunning, triple-chocolate twist. This cake means business. A duo of glazes—one creamy chocolate, the other subtle buttermilk—comes together atop this dreamy confection. It’s indulgent and, we admit, so much fun to eat and serve. Chocolate enthusiasts will be over the moon for this recipe, but it has enough unexpected flavor—thanks to the addition of the buttermilk glaze—that you’ll also win over the harder-to-please dessert eaters at the table. Warning: You—and they—won’t be able to resist a second slice. Go for it. We won’t tell.
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
There are a few things to note about this recipe before you start baking. First, the cream cheese is added after beating the butter and sugar. And, yes, you read the cooking instructions correctly—the cake bakes at a slightly higher temperature than usual.
Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes
You'll hardly be able to bake these little gems before they're devoured.
Mini Apple Cider Pound Cakes
Recipe: Mini Apple Cider Pound Cakes
Finish the cakes with one of three toppings, listed with the recipe. Toss together the Streusel Topping before you start baking. Both glazes can be prepped while the cakes cool.
Key Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake
Dress up traditional pound cake with a little lime zest and a homemade Key lime glaze for a deliciously tropical dessert.
Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
We replicated the flavor profile of Mexican chocolate using semisweet chocolate and cinnamon. If you prefer to use Mexican chocolate, look for it with the hot drink mixes or on the Hispanic food aisle. This moist pound cake is equally delicious without the Mexican Chocolate Sauce.
Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Recipe: Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Two Southern classics—caramel cake and pound cake—meet in this dessert that quickly became a reader favorite.
Orange Peel Pound Cake
Million Dollar Pound Cake
Recipe: Million Dollar Pound Cake
This classic pound cake only needs a few pantry staple ingredients to make something incredible.
Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
When fresh blueberries are in abundance, we look for as many ways as possible to use them. This fun cake is our new favorite.
Buttermilk Pound Cake
Recipe: Buttermilk Pound Cake
This pound cake recipe is delicious as-is, but a drizzle of homemade buttermilk custard sauce takes it into restaurant-worthy territory.
Pistachio Pound Cake
Recipe: Pistachio Pound Cake
This pound cake would be delicious with your afternoon cup of tea. Pretty enough to gift to a neighbor, be sure to top with chopped pistachios and lemon zest before the homemade vanilla glaze dries.
Classic Chocolate Pound Cake
Recipe: Classic Chocolate Pound Cake
Make this rich chocolate pound cake ahead of time for an easy, satisfying dessert the whole family will love.
Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
If you’re looking for a gorgeous centerpiece for a holiday or supper club, this pound cake recipe fits the bill.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake
No dessert has ever tasted worse with the addition of cream cheese, including this decadent pound cake.
Marbled Pecan Pound Cake
Recipe: Marbled Pecan Pound Cake
This recipe was sent in by Billie Taylor of Wytheville, Virginia, and was published in the December, 1993, issue of Southern Living. It’s remained a recipe box staple ever since, and it’s much easier to make than its presentation might make you think.
Coconut Pound Cake
Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake
Coconut, bourbon, pecans, and cream cheese—these are a few of our favorite things, and you’ll find them all in this pound cake recipe.
Old-Fashioned Pound Cake
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Pound Cake
This rich cake still manages to be light as cloud. We love it topped with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Sweet Potato Pound Cake
Recipe: Sweet Potato Pound Cake
Fall’s favorite spud makes a rare appearance at the dessert table with this amazing pound cake recipe.
Yogurt Pound Cake with Pomegranate Syrup
New Orleans Chef Alon Shaya adds Greek yogurt to this pound cake batter for a hint of tang and dreamy texture.
Classic Southern Pound Cake
Recipe: Classic Southern Pound Cake
This pound cake recipe proves that sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.
Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
This pound cake recipe came from the ladies of the Junior League of Houston, and it’s a shower and luncheon favorite of ours.
Vanilla Bean-Brownie Ripple Pound Cake
Surprise your family with a gorgeous ribbon of brownie batter when they cut into this vanilla pound cake.
Sour Cream Pound Cake
Recipe: Sour Cream Pound Cake
Sour cream adds just the right amount of tang, richness, and tenderness to this classic pound cake recipe.