Perfect Pound Cake Recipe

Perfect Pound Cake – Recipes that call for only a few basic baking ingredients, precisely, butter, flour, eggs, and sugar, that create magic when blended together and baked.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Keyword Perfect Pound Cake
Servings 4 people
Calories 565 kcal


  • 2 cups sifted cake flour (7 oz/200 g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (8 oz/227 g)
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (8.8 oz/250 g)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (80 ml)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degree F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Dust the pan with flour.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl, set aside.
  3. Cream butter in a mixer at medium speed until very creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating for 4 mins until very light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in the citrus zest and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture at low speed in three additions, alternating it with the heavy cream in two additions and mixing just until the flour is incorporated. Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top.
  4. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center come out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Slice into pieces and serve.

Recipe Notes

The heavy cream makes the pound cake extremely moist, which I think is the secret ingredient in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Pound Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 565 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 225mg10%
Potassium 186mg5%
Carbohydrates 110g37%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 65g72%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.