Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe
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Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe

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Now that I've retired from teaching, I have more time to bake. This cake is the one I make most often. It is a truly Southern recipe, and one I think can't be topped—once people taste it, they won't go back to their other pound cake recipes. —Gracie Hanchey, De Ridder, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 285 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and baking soda; add alternately with buttermilk and beat well. Stir in vanilla.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 325° for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Buttermilk Pound Cake in Country Extra November 1993, p49

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sugarcrystal 253053
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"Great recipe!"

dine4now 246587
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2016

"This is undoubtedly, THE BEST poundcake EVER!!"

sonset 241586
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2016

"I've made this cake several times and everyone loves it. I serve it with fresh berries and whipping cream or ice cream. I've never had it turn out dry. I use a stoneware bundt pan and it bakes very well. I've made many different kinds of pound cakes and this one is just as good as sour cream, cream cheese, lemon, or key lemon recipes I have. Love it."

shawnba 241267
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"A nice, easy pound cake. Traditional flavor and texture, with a lot less work. I will make this again"

Pj1515 237311
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"This cake is super easy and super impressive! Could I ask if anyone has played around with any flavourings etc? Anyone thrown in chocolate chips or some chocolate powder? How did that work out?"

kandicebandy 237093
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"I made this cake last week. I was disappointed in the texture and it was slightly dry. I baked it for 60 minutes instead of 70 in my Bundt pan. I used Bulgarian buttermilk and iced it with a chocolate chip icing."

anniebowling 232506
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"This is a great recipe. I will be making it often, my family keeps raving about it. I would not change one thing."

BeckyinVA 228320
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"This pound cake is delicious. I've had bad luck with some other pound cake recipes but this one cooked perfectly. I followed the directions and cooked for exact amount listed. Everyone that ate it commented on how wonderful it was and asked for the recipe. This will be the only pound cake recipe I will make in the future."

scoutnmayo 228300
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

"This cake has become an absolute favorite in our family. Easy to make and delicious without anything extra !"

LeslieH 227863
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2015

"Easy to make, delicious and moist."

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