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Perfect Pound Cake

Perfect Pound Cake is buttery and sweet, with a hint of vanilla. This cake is rich, with the flavor of shortbread cookies, but is still light as a feather. Serve with fresh whipped cream and berries as a fancy dessert or brunch dish - can also be made ahead and frozen.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 587kcal

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  • 3-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 extra large eggs, or 8 large, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  • Preheat your oven to 325° F. Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt cake pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the butter and sugar. On medium speed using a paddle attachment or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time into the mixer, set to medium speed. Beat for 45 seconds after each egg. Add the vanilla to the mixture and beat an additional 30 seconds.
  • .In a medium bowl, measure out the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. At low speed, add 1/2 of the dry ingredients to the butter and egg mixture, and beat until just blended. Then add 1/2 the milk and with the mixer still on low, beat the milk in until just blended. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula between mixing in the dry ingredients and the milk. Repeat the process with the remaining half of the dry ingredients and the milk.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and fill no more than 2/3 full. Smooth the top with a spoon or spatula. Place the pan into the 325° F preheated oven and bake for 85 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean and the cake is just starting to pull away from the sides.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool about 15 minutes before inverting and removing the cake from the pan. Allow to cool before serving.


1% milk was used in this recipe, whole or 2% may be substituted


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 587kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 914IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg

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