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A loaf of pound cake cut into three slices on a serving platter.

The Perfect Pound Cake

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  • Author: Diana
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Cakes, Desserts
  • Cuisine: American


This recipe for making the perfect pound cake gives you a soft, rich, and buttery cake with the perfect amount of sweetness.


  • 1½ cups (210 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (225 g) white granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (169.5 g or 1½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup (78.6 ml) whole milk
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray (Optional)
  • Parchment paper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and prepare a 9×5 inch (23×13 cm) loaf pan by greasing and flouring it or by spraying it with cooking spray and covering it with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time while you continue to mix.
  5. Add the vanilla and mix until it is incorporated.
  6. Add the flour mixture into the batter and mix at low speed until it is well combined.
  7. Add ½ the amount of milk and mix. Scrape the bowl down with a spatula. Add the rest of the milk, mix, and scrape the bowl down once again.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife or skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Remove the pound cake from the oven and let it rest on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.



  • Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing makes this pound cake dry and dense.
  • Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature so they incorporate well with the batter.
  • If you want to make a bigger pound cake, you can double the amount of the ingredients and bake it in a Bundt pan. Increase the baking time to approximately 1½ hours.