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Classic Southern Pound Cake

Classic Southern Pound Cake is perfectly moist and buttery with just the right amount of sweetness. The texture is wonderfully tender and it has a thick layer of crackly crust on top. It’s probably my favorite pound cake.

Slice Of Classic Southern Pound Cake with whipped cream and a strawberry.


I’ve tried oodles of pound cake recipes over the years and nothing beats this pound cake in my opinion.  The simple flavor of a classic pound cake is hard to beat. A combination of butter, cream cheese, and superfine sugar gives this cake a wonderful texture.

I think the superfine sugar is one of the keys to the great texture of tis pound cake. If you don’t have any, it is worth buying. It’s also handy to have on hand for making cocktails since it dissolves so easily.

A fabulous crispy crust develops on top. It’s my favorite part of a pound cake.

Whole Pound Cake on a plate.


Tips for making Classic Southern Pound Cake:

  • There is no leavener in this cake so it is very important to beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar for at least 5 to 7 minutes. This is going to whip lots of air in which will help the cake rise and give it a lighter texture.
  • For best results, you want the butter, cream cheese, and eggs at room temperature. The butter and cream cheese will incorporate much more air when at room temperature and the eggs will blend into the batter much more easily.
  • To prevent a dry cake, be sure to measure the flour corrrectly. Fluff the flour up some in the bag and then scoop it with a spoon into a measuring cup. Level it with the back of a knife.
  • This pound cake freezes really well. You can either freeze the whole cake or freeze individual slices.


This is one of those southern pound cakes that’s perfect for snacking or even breakfast. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Serve with whipped cream and strawberries for a wonderful southern dessert.

Slice of Classic Southern Pound Cake with fresh strawberries.

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Slice Of Classic Southern Pound Cake with whipped cream and a strawberry.

Classic Southern Pound Cake

Classic Southern Pound Cake is perfectly moist and buttery with just the right amount of sweetness. The texture is wonderfully tender and it has a thick layer of crackly crust on top.
PREP: 20 mins
COOK: 1 hr 20 mins


  • 3 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees and spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray.
  • Using an electric stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat sugar, butter, and cream cheese at medium-high speed until very fluffy and pale, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time on low speed, just until the yellow disappears. Scrape down the sides of the bowl several times.
  • Add egg yolks, half-and-half, and vanilla extract and beat on low just until mixed in.
  • Whisk together flour and salt in a medium bowl and mix it into the batter in 3 additions with the mixer on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl halfway through.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes in pan and then remove cake from the pan to cool completely.


Be sure to use a good quality baking spray. I have good results with Baker's Joy.


Calories: 385kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cake, old-fashioned pound cake

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146 thoughts on “Classic Southern Pound Cake”

  1. My grandson wants a chocolate cake like this. How would I adapt the recipe without compromising it?

  2. Mike Howcott

    Making it for the 3rd time today! 1st and last pound cake recipe I will use. Gone in 2 days!

  3. M. Holliday

    Made this cake yesterday and it turned out almost perfectly. I got the desired crunchy crust and the sweetly moist cake. I had to cook an additional 20 minutes. Do not place cake pan on a cookie sheet. Flavorful cake. Can’t wait to make it again.

  4. Olivia Buckosh

    Hello. I have made this recipe several times. Its wonderful. Thank you so much. All of my family and extended family enjoys it and begs me to make it all the time. At the moment I’m using a cheap hand electric mixer and really need to invest in an electric mixer that does it for me. However, I’m struggling with the size I should get. Could you point me in the right direction of the size mixing bowl I woukd need to purchase to hold the batter for this recipe? If so, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you again.

  5. This pound cake don’t make no sense!! I just made it & it’s insanely delicious. Thank you <3

  6. How can I adjust making this old fashioned crunchy top pound cake .. to bake it in a Tube Pan? The picture of tour pound cake looks like a Tube pan was used. Thank you

  7. How can I adjust making this old fashioned crunchy top pound cake .. to bake it in a Tube Pan? Thank you

    1. Ohhh yes you can! Made this for Christmas dessert and followed directions to a tee….and perfection!!

  8. This pound cake was awful. I was wondering what the problem was…… oh you cannot bake a pound cake without baking soda or baking powder.

    1. Yes you can if you follow the instructions. You HAVE to use a stand mixer and beat butter, cream cheese, and sugar for 5-7 minutes and bake at 300. It’s not optional to take a shortcut on these steps. I make this recipe once or twice a week and get beautiful results EVERY time!

      1. Vicky Scoggins

        If I do not have a stand mixer can I use a hand mixer as long as I mix for a 5 to 7 minutes

        1. M. Holliday

          It’s a long and tiring process with a hand mixer. The lengthy whipping of the butter, sugar and cream cheese is important to make sure the cake rises. Working with a second person would make it more feasible. Good luck.

    2. My cake turned out like the picture…rose beautifully! Original pound cake has no leavened like Baking powder or baking soda

    3. Yes you can…7 up cakes have no baking soda or powder either. I make this wonderful cake successfully allll the time.

  9. Meredith Wise

    I made this cake today and i was wondering can you do different flavors with this recipe? It was delicious by the way!

      1. Jane Johnson

        Excited!! I have my cake in the oven but just realized I forgot the half and half 😩😩😩😩 will it still turn out ok

  10. Has anyone tried this in two cake pans? There is a cake shop in Charlotte, NC that uses pound cake to make their famous tiered cakes and I’d like to give it a try, topping with a buttercream frosting.

  11. This is hands down the best pound cake ever. My kids didn’t want a traditional birthday cake this year. They ONLY wanted this pound cake. I made it a few months ago and it came out perfect. I think the key is the superfine sugar. I have a coffee bean grinder and I cleaned it out and used it for the sugar. Absolutely delicious!

  12. Brenda Varney

    Did anyone else have a problem with it not being done after 90 min? Confirming 300 degree oven. My was still quite raw and yes, my oven temp is correct.

    1. Suzzane Wouldridge

      I make a different pound cake with similar recipe. I cook on 300 degrees for 2-2 1/2 hours. Never ready in 90 minutes. The longer you cook on low temperature the better. I used to start on 250 degrees and increase to 300 degrees after one half hour

    2. If your cake is not baking fully it can be due to over mixing which can cause the cake batter not to rise correctly. The gluten is being over-processed. Make sure that you are using the correct mixer speed, do not over mix. Over mixing will make your cake heavy and dense, The cake won’t bake all the way through.

  13. I can’t achieve the crunch top and this is my second time trying what Am I doing wrong 😩😩 any help

    1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Make sure that you are allowing the sugar, butter , and creeam cheese to whip for 5 to 7 minutes on medium-high. It may look like it’s not going to fluff up but it will. Reduce speed to medium.-low
      Your ingredients do need to be at room temperature as well. Sift the flour either into the cups and level OR sift the flour and spoon into the cups and level. DO NOT PACK THE FLOUR into the cups. The pan needs to be in the middle of the oven, make sure the rack is in the middle of the oven as well.

    1. I reduced by half in that not every body is sugar obsessed. Turned out great- more like a European type of cake.

    2. Patrina Wong

      From WONG to WONG. You can, but you don’t want to take the balance. So try a sugar substitute.

  14. I made this cake exactly as the recipe and it turned out delicious! Will definitely be making more in the future!

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