Yuletide Pound Cake Recipe
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Yuletide Pound Cake Recipe

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I always serve this beautiful bundt cake when we decorate our Christmas tree. It's not too sweet for the little ones, who can snack on it without getting too full for the "munchie" part of the evening.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 471 calories, 22 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 107 mg cholesterol, 169 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream just until combined.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Yuletide Pound Cake in Taste of Home December/January 2007, p49

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Reviewed Aug. 22, 2013

"My family loves pound cake, and this cake dills the bill. My old recipe was very involved and time consuming, this recipe is very easy, it came out of the pan beautifully, and tastes great with or without a glaze"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"This was the first cake I have ever made from scratch... SCORE!!! It is actually a tiny bit too sweet, so I will back off on the sugar by a 1/4 cup next time. The texture is just right and moist! A new Christmas Tradition found!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"*Also should mention that this cake is very crumbly! (Not necessarily dry though, just crumbly. Makes quite the mess when you cut it!)"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"I baked this on Christmas eve and my family loved it. However, I didn't think it was that great. It was sweet, but missing some flavor. For the icing I added some peppermint extract for a holiday touch. Also, you might want to use real grease and flour to grease the pan, as I used the spray stuff generously and still had trouble with it sticking."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"This cake is amazing! My family loves this recipe. This is the best pound cake I have ever eaten and made!"

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