Pound Cake Recipes

Enjoy our favorite healthy pound cake recipes that deliver full flavor in every bite.

Pound Cake Perfection

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Pound Cake Perfection

The original recipe for classic pound cake had a 1-to-1-to-1-to-1 ratio of eggs, butter, sugar, and flour—often calling for a full pound of butter. The result was confection perfection: compact, moist little crumbs surrounded by a browned sugar crust. Here we reveal our best tricks for producing the same delightful dessert with less than a quarter of the traditional butter quantity.

First up is our Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze. Look for whole-wheat pastry flour in the baking aisle at major supermarkets. Garnish with additional strawberries and fresh mint leaves.

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Double-Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake

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Double-Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake

Swirl in two steps: Alternate batters using two ice-cream scoops; then swirl with a pick for a fantastic treat.

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Grapefruit Pound Cake

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Grapefruit Pound Cake

This recipe blossoms from the floral essence of grated grapefruit rind, while fresh grapefruit juice packs refreshing flavor to the powdered sugar glaze which is drizzled over this moist pound cake.

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Lemon-Cornmeal Pound Cake with Berries and Cream

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Lemon-Cornmeal Pound Cake with Berries and Cream

Because of the addition of cornmeal to the batter, the texture of this pound cake resembles a sweet and tender cornbread instead of the usual dense texture you might expect from a traditional pound cake. Top this simple cake with whipped cream and berries for a company-worthy dessert.

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Canola Oil Pound Cake with Browned Butter Glaze

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Canola Oil Pound Cake with Browned Butter Glaze

Heart-healthy canola oil helps lighten this classic dessert. And an ingenious technique of soaking a vanilla bean in the oil adds deep, rich flavor to this cake.

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Mocha Chocolate Sauce with Pound Cake

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Mocha Chocolate Sauce with Pound Cake

An easy, versatile chocolate sauce dresses up store-bought pound cake for a simple dessert offering. For a festive fondue dessert, substitute an orange-flavored liqueur like Triple Sec for the coffee-flavored one (or omit the liqueur altogether), and dunk fresh orange sections, dried apricots, marshmallows, or pretzel rods into the sauce.

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Vanilla Buttermilk Pound Cakes

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Vanilla Buttermilk Pound Cakes

Tart buttermilk and sweet vanilla mingle flawlessly in this pound cake. You can also prepare these cakes in two (8 x 4–inch) loaf pans. Bake at 350° for one hour or until done.

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Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake

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Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake

This pound cake is delicious right out of the oven, but even better the second day, when the liquer soaks the cake.

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Pound Cake with Lemon-Basil Glaze

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Pound Cake with Lemon-Basil Glaze

Make the cake ahead, and freeze it for up to two weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature before glazing. Follow the directions for applying the glaze in two steps to allow it to permeate the cake more thoroughly. A fresh basil sprig is a lovely garnish.

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

This lightened version of an old-fashioned sour cream pound cake uses light sour cream and less butter and eggs than a traditional pound cake recipe but keeps all the rich flavor.

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Black Currant Pound Cake

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Black Currant Pound Cake

Black currant tea's naturally sweet, fruity flavor and aroma stand out in this cake, but don't overpower it. If you don't want to pour all the glaze over the cake, drizzle some over individual slices.

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Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

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Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

The glaze on this mouthwatering cake is enough to make you want to lick your screen. Drain the canned pumpkin before making the cake batter to keep the cake's texture light.

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