Easy Pound Cake Recipe

I think everyone needs a really good, really easy pound cake recipe. I have been making this pound cake for years. It’s the one my mom used to make when I was a kid, so of course it’s my favorite.  I use it for strawberry shortcake, and for several types of trifle, including my raspberry cheesecake trifle.

I love using it for trifle because it is dense enough to hold up to the pudding and berry juice without getting all soggy like a cake mix cake does. You can change the flavor by switching the flavor of extract you use. For extra lemon flavor, you can even throw in some lemon zest if you like. It always turns out moist and delicious! This recipe does contain affiliate links. I only share products that I use and love!

Easy Pound Cake Recipe
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla, almond, or lemon extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  1. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Blend in milk and extract. Sift dry ingredients together and add. Beat till smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour into a well greased and floured loaf pan. (Mine is about 9x5".) Bake at 300° for about 90 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack. Cool completely.

Stay tuned, later this week I will be sharing a recipe for Strawberry Trifle that features this yummy pound cake!


  1. I just made this. Oh my was it delicious! I made mine in a square stoneware baking dish and baked it at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. I made mine with the lemon extract and it was perfect with our fresh strawberries.

  2. Brenda Marie says:

    Mine is in the oven right now. I’ll let you all know how it comes out!

    • Brenda Marie says:

      Update: It came out FANTASTIC! VERY happy with this recipe (making 2 more tomorrow)!

  3. Made this pound came for Easter dessert, strawberry short cske. It is the EASIEST & best tasting pound cake I have ever had! So buttery, moist & yummy. Went well with the strawberries & whipped cream! You gotta try it!

  4. angel peoples says:

    Does it use self rise?

  5. Could I use a bunt cake pan instead of a bread pan?

    • Sorry I just saw your question. I don’t think it would be enough batter for a bundt cake pan. Maybe if you made 1 1/2 times the recipe it would work, but I’m not sure how long it would need to bake. You could always try it though!

  6. I love how easy this recipe looks and can’t wait to try it. I’ve read comments that it’s moist (which is great) but I want to try to make the Pioneer woman’s ice cream layer cake which uses pound cake, and I thought for that it would have to be more dense because it requires slicing in thirds and then adding ice cream to it? Any thoughts on that? Should I increase the baking time?

    I thought pound cake is usually dense anyway.

    • Made it and it held up great. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. So easy.

  7. I made this tonight for strawberry shortcakes and I didn’t want to wait the 90 minutes so I baked it in a 9″x13″ cake pan at 350 degrees for 25 min. It’s so moist and delicious and we haven’t even made the shortcakes yet! Thanks for such an easy, yummy recipe!

  8. Fantastic flavor. Bakes and browns beautifully. I increased the extract to 2 teaspoons almond extract and added poppy seeds, glazed it with a powered sugar/almond glaze. Delicious ! This will definitely be my new BEST POUND CAKE EVER recipe. So easy to mix up ! Love it !! Thanks for sharing this beauty = )

  9. Tabatha says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I just made these in cupcake form for strawberry shortcakes. I baked them for about 25 minutes and they came out perfect! It was too hot today to have the oven on for 90 minutes but next time I’ll try it in a loaf:)

  10. I found your recipe on Pinterest, I used it because hubby was having a craving for simple pound cake, I liked it because it only requires 3 eggs (others are 5+). I love baking but haven’t made pond cake in forever, lol. The recipe is easy to follow. I am currently baking my 4th batch, needless to say it’s a huge hit. Tonight I am trying it with cocoa powder. Thank You!

    • So glad to hear it April! Let me know how it turns out with the cocoa. I’ve never tried that. 🙂

  11. This recipe is great! I made it today, doubling the recipe and it turned out perfect…I am using it to make a trifle, and my husband wanted to taste the cake–three pieces later, he left me the rest for the trifle. (Good thing the trifle only needs one and a half loaves!) Thanks again for a simple, yet incredibly tasty recipe!

    • Haha! At least you only had one taste tester. I have to fight off teenage boys! 😉 Glad you both liked it!

  12. Could be use for cupcakes?

    • I’ve never tried making cupcakes with the batter, but you could certainly try. I’d set the timer for 20 minutes, then add more time as needed. Good luck!

  13. Can you add cocoa to this pound cake?

    • I have never tried adding cocoa, but I would bet that you could add it with the dry ingredients. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

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