Pound Cake

Pound cake is the perfect sweet pastry for any breakfast or brunch. Moist pound cake goes with fresh fruit. At your next breakfast or brunch, offer a pound cake enhanced with your flavor of choice, like lemon, pumpkin, and even rum.

How to Make Pound Cake

If you've ever wondered how pound cake got its name, it's because the traditional recipe for how to make pound cake called for one pound each of four basic ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs and flour. As you can imagine, the original recipe yielded quite a lot of cake. But it was simple to learn and remember, and the recipe thus easily passed among neighbors and friends and down through many generations. It dates back at least to the 18th century, with many improvements being made on the recipe in the 19th century when leavening agents, such as baking powder, were introduced.

Earl Grey Pound Cake with Lemon Curd

Better Homes and Gardens

For a change of pace, try this tea-flavored cake for dessert. Accented with lemon, it's a refreshing end to a hearty meal.

Lemon Geranium Pound Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Scented geranium leaves vary in size; the object is to pluck enough leaves to line the bottom of the pan for this fruity dessert.

Humpty Dumpty Cake


Pound cake mix makes the base for this favorite childhood character. Decorate him with candy for a fun party dessert.

Mahogany Pound Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Baked in a deeply fluted tube pan, this fine-grain cake is beautiful and tasty. A light dusting of powdered sugar adds to the drama.

Lemon-Thyme Pound Cake

Family Circle

Thyme is a member of the mint family, and just like mint, it's delicious when added to baked goods. Here it adds it distinctive flavor to both the lemon pound cake and glaze.

Very Ginger Pound Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

A topping of kumquats and blood oranges glistening in sugar-sweetened syrup adds sumptuous color to this Christmas cake.

White Chocolate and Almond Pound Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

This elegantly sculpted Christmas dessert recipe is baked in a fluted tube pan and topped with a white chocolate glaze and toasted almonds before serving.

Mandel Kuchen

Midwest Living

This firm butter cake is studded with toasted almonds ("mandel" means almond in German). The recipe for kuchen is similar to a pound cake.

Dollhouse Cake


A cake mix makes this yummy dollhouse cake. Decorate the roof with candy wafers and you have a sweet dessert for a child's party.

Sunshine Cake


Serve scoops of our no-cook sherbet cake right in the colorful cones that form the rays for a fun summer dessert.

Brown Sugar Pear Pound Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Pears are predominant in this dessert. The spectacular flavors of pear brandy, pear nectar, and fresh pears in the sauce dress up any Christmas dessert buffet.

Pina Colada Poundcake

Family Circle

The blend of pineapple, lime, and coconut in this moist pound cake are as sweet as a tropical breeze. It's the perfect dessert for a Mexican or Caribbean dinner.

Triple-Citrus Pound Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

orange pound cake

Family Circle

This dense, fine-textured pound cake is so rich and buttery that all you need to frost it with is a drizzle of orange icing.

Peach and Pound Cake Skewer

Diabetic Living

Pick up a pound cake at the supermarket (no one needs to know!), then thread it on a skewer with stone fruit and drizzle everything with some caramel. Voila: A no-bake dessert that looks elegant but is oh-so-easy.

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