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Black Pepper Pound Cake

"I once had a recipe for this cake from the early 1900's but lost it, so I adapted my grandma's pound cake recipe," relates field editor Sue Gronholz from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in pepper and extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating very well after each addition. Add flour alternately with cream and mix well.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 325° for 70-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 414 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • shannon
    Sep 19, 2017

    I followed the directions exactly and with it just won Best Cake in the in 2017 Washington State Fair. It is also a favorite among my co-workers. If fresh ground pepper is used, 1 Tbs. is plenty for a kick at the end.

  • buttermilk maid
    Oct 1, 2016

    Wonderful!! I used buttermilk instead of cream and we agree more pepper is great. This is a keeper! Just sorry it took me so long to find this gem!

  • Marie74
    Oct 2, 2014

    LOVE this cake! It's a family favorite and a delightful surprise to all who try it.

  • mlbuffaloe
    May 28, 2013

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  • autoshowcase
    Apr 2, 2012

    This may have replaced my favorite pound cake recipe. Everyone's favorite at my place. I upped the pepper to 3 tablespoons (yes we really like fresh ground pepper) and added 3 tablespoons of Limoncello and the juice of 2 lemons and zest. This one really pops!

  • DecMay08
    Feb 16, 2012

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  • Sprowl
    Feb 7, 2012

    Surprisingly delicious. I made it for a friend who devours pepper. Everyone loved this recipe. Just gives a little kick.

  • Sec56
    Oct 15, 2009

    I didn't personally like it but it is a winner at my workplace. One co-worker in particular simply loves it. So I will be making it for her birthday this year. S.W...Chattanooga

  • Jswisher2
    Oct 16, 2008

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