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Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe

Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe

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 YIELD:16-20 servings


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


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; add alternately with buttermilk and beat well.
  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Katrina User ID: 9233870 271653
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2017

"Made for my family, a gift for friends and potluck luncheons. Each time only a few crumbs are left. And at 285 calories per slice, it's a "light" pound cake. But it doesn't taste light. WOW!"

Pamela User ID: 9182176 267548
Reviewed May. 31, 2017

"This was the first pound cake I ever made and it was a big hit. I will make it again soon. I love simply recipes!"

lvarner User ID: 35803 262039
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2017

"This is a great basic pound cake. It is relatively easy to make and serves as a great base cake - frost it, serve it with sweetened fruit, or top with ice cream. It's all good!"

GramsPat User ID: 8481357 257413
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2016

"Made this cake for Thanksgiving and it was a major hit. My sister-in-law thought it was her grandmother's recipe. That isn't a remark I hear often since few people measure up to her grandmother's cooking. The recipe is simple and delicious."

Terryarlotta User ID: 8442773 256725
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2016

"Don't hesitate to make this! It is fabulous!!!"

ljrush User ID: 8947431 255616
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2016

"Just made this and this is the best pound cake I've ever made and I'm definitely making it again for Thanksgiving"

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 253053
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"Great recipe!"

dine4now User ID: 8449405 246587
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2016

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

sonset User ID: 8557676 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 User ID: 2581969 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 User ID: 8616532 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 User ID: 8611869 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 User ID: 8448360 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 User ID: 7217351 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 User ID: 8296796 228300
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015

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

LeslieH User ID: 191346 227863
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2015

"easy to make, delicious and moist."

txxschic User ID: 7785011 224536
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"I can't figure out what i did wrong. I tasted the batter before i put the cake in the oven and it was bitter but i baked it anyway and it came out beautiful but was so bitter i could not eat it, had to throw away. I bought the buttermilk that same day. I was wondering if the baking soda was the culprit? Would appreciate any help, would love to try this recipe again, thanks"

Cinderellahasherfella User ID: 8190442 223161
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"This was fantastic. My husband complamented many times over dinner. We served it with strawberry sauce. But enjoyed it plain better."

wendyfaye User ID: 8128760 222224
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"Wonderful; copied ideas from other bakers with lemon curd. Very fun and good."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 222159
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"I made last night and it was great. I added 1 heaping tbl of vanilla yogurt also. Topped with lemon curd spread."

lynetteli User ID: 6102232 222089
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"Perfect. I would not change a thing."

OhioBuckeye User ID: 4317760 222051
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"Excellent! I use either plain or vanilla yogurt in place of buttermilk. My family and I agree that the flavor is better with yogurt. Since finding this recipe 5 years ago, I haven't needed to look for another similar recipe. This one's a keeper! I usually serve it with sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream. I like to put most of the batter in a bundt cake pan and the rest in a loaf pan. I like to give the smaller loaf cake to a neighbor or two along with some sliced strawberries and whipped cream. Delicious!"

weirdestsisterever User ID: 7891309 222023
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"mmmmmm da bestest evah!!"

fleet2b User ID: 8205806 222013
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"one of the best i ever made and ate"

02Leo1937 User ID: 2611993 221980
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"Delicious and moist. Oh, and for all those inquiring about nutritional values, just bring up the recipe as if you are going to print and it will be at the bottom of the recipe. Then you can decide if you wish to print or not."

ZingosLaxMom User ID: 6922606 221971
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"I made this for a dinner party this past weekend - perfect ending to surf and turf! I also put on a glaze of powdered sugar and milk, served with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Kids and adults loved it! Going to try adding mini-chocolate chips to the batter next time..."

funny2 User ID: 6096325 221722
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"made for a bible study group. they all like very much. good taste and moist."

aicenhour User ID: 4627743 221036
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"This recipe was excellent! I needed a pound cake recipe for a decorated birthday cake. I substituted 2 Tbsp of flour for 2 Tbsp cornstarch to make cake flour. I also used 1 Tbsp of vanilla. One recipe filled one 6" round pan and one 9" round pan. I adjusted the temp down because my oven bakes hot and baked for 40 minutes for the 6" and 55 minutes for the 9" pan. Perfection!!"

[email protected] User ID: 4390767 219090
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"Wonderful recipe. The cake was dense yet very moist. I added a Fresh Orange Glaze to the cake before serving. Yummy!"

462jann User ID: 8210538 217754
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"I wish the site had nutrient value on these delicious recipes."

rfortel1 User ID: 7909151 214388
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"I have never tasted anything quite like this cake. Very, very delicious. This has become my family's favorite cake."

AuntieLovey User ID: 2113053 213936
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"I've made this cake several times and everyone loves it. My niece just asked me to e-mail it to her. One thing I learned when I didn't have any buttermilk in the house is you can add milk to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to make the one cup of buttermilk. I've done this several times and it comes out perfect. Because I'm asked to make this so often I always have one cup portions of buttermilk in small containers in the freezer."

yoyo1198 User ID: 441674 41945
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"To can make it in any type pan you want. You will need to adjust baking time, of course."

gram-9 User ID: 5719750 16364
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"Can this be made in any other type of pan?"

buttermilk maid User ID: 2350303 14967
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"Buttermilk You southerns know how to make good use of buttermilk. and this is a wonderful example. A very good cake. Of course you know that the best buttermilk is from up north here. From Evans City, PA."

vickistidham User ID: 6171156 40099
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"Great recipe- Great cake. Make it all of the time . Everyone loves it and it always goes quick. I made no changes to the recipe."

dbausman User ID: 5521816 15473
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"I did not adjust this recipe at all. Loved it and so did everyone else...apparently! It was gone the next day!"

RUDOLFO512 User ID: 7832967 12051
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"I made this pound cake on Sunday and it was gone by Monday. I took half of it to work on Monday and everyone in my Department wanted a piece. It is moist, light and the buttermilk gives it a special texture. I will be making this recipe again very soon."

Natalied777 User ID: 7683785 69295
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"My family and I loved this pound cake recipe. The buttermilk made it just perfect, lighter and moister than a classic pound cake but still keeping the heaviness of a traditional pound cake. One of the reviews states that it is more like bread than a pound cake. We'll that is what I love about pound cake it's not like other cakes that need icing. Remember a pound cake is not going to have the same moistness as another cake otherwise the recipe would be yellow cake. It's a pound cake meant to be heavy and bready but still that sweetness that makes it a cake."

cityprof User ID: 7615448 14966
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Excellent pound cake--I usually make sour cream pound cake, but the buttermilk makes this just a bit lighter and less dense. Perfect texture. I added an extra 1/4 cup of sugar, as I like my pound cakes sweeter--next time I might even go up to 3 cups total. This is partly because I served with only a dusting of powdered sugar and lightly sweetened whipped cream; if you're going to sugar glaze the cake the lower amount of sugar is probably fine. Oh, and I also used cake flour instead of all purpose flour; always a good idea for a finer texture of cake. The final addition I made was a generous pinch of salt, but that's b/c I was using a brand of buttermilk that was not very salty. My usual brands (Friendship, Tuscan Dairy, Organic Valley) have a bit of natural saltiness already. Anyway, delicious and easy. Still prefer sour cream pound cake for truly rich and decadent experience, but this is a very nice and very reliable recipe good for a slightly lighter cake."

myfavoriterecipe User ID: 7154947 33921
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"This recipe is awesome. Very moist and tasty. Looking forward to making again."

fiburks User ID: 3748786 12038
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"this is the first time I have ever rated a recipe. I made this and it was super easy, moist and my family loved it, it was a beautiful cake....Hubby took a piece to work and now I have a request to make one for his co-worker. thanks for sharing."

christynoullet User ID: 6907693 33918
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"I was so excited about this and even followed the recipe to a "T", which I never do. It was terrible. More like bread than a pound cake and not even close to sweet enough."

mangopapaya User ID: 6610190 12036
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"This was pretty good. It was easy to make, but I was expecting a moister, tastier poundcake based on the other reviews. It's a good, solid recipe, but I might keep searching for another pound cake recipe."

momof29 User ID: 6105359 201620
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"OH MY!!! YES!!!!"

MusicalGram User ID: 5995905 41942
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"easy to make and tastes great! Moist and tender. It's good plain or with fruit on top of each slice as it is served."

soyarra User ID: 6455834 69292
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Just a word to the wise: despite what their ads say, Splenda is NOT a substitute for sugar in baking which requires sugar for structure, such as a pound cake. That said, this cake is excellent - very moist and delicious."

octavius352 User ID: 4912802 39772
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I don't know if I would make this again used splenda instead of regular sugar and was too sweet didn't raise high enough, but the pan could of been larger , tooth pick came out clean but didn't seem like it was cooked enough inside, texture inside was like on the spongey side or so creamy it didn't seem like it was cooked ."

TyRo2011 User ID: 5989908 15465
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Love this recipe and my family did too! My mother-in-law did not believe I made this cake!"

macs4445 User ID: 1756789 39755
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"This is my favorite pound cake--so moist and so tasty!"

u006264 User ID: 5723235 16363
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"easy to make - great taste"

cgdc_76 User ID: 595154 38077
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"Very yummy cake!"

Terror975 User ID: 2088228 201619
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"very moist & favorful"

Chinamolly User ID: 5348026 33916
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"This was a great cake, I even made one extra and put it in the was the best."

Bakerj User ID: 4200567 14546
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

"This is a delicious cake. I served it with strawberry rhubard sauce and ice cream. I only wish it was good for the body and not just good for the mouth :D"

lucason16 User ID: 1579113 9236
Reviewed May. 8, 2011

"This is a really good & moist cake that is not too sweet. It actually came out of the bundt pan the way they are supposed to. This first time I served the cake I had ice cream with topping. The second time I used berries. YUM! That was great."

chrissy3523 User ID: 4201395 16360
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"This was the worst cake ever-so heavy and sweet. What a waste of ingredients!"

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 14964
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"This was so good. I did cut down on the sugar to 2cups but it turned out nice and moist. My husband loved it."

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 33913
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"This was so good. I did cut down on the sugar to 2cups but it turned out nice and moist. My husband loved it."

banslug001 User ID: 1930367 9096
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"This ranks right UP there at the very tippy top of my LOVE IT list. So moist, so tender, slightly sweet and oh so YUMMY!"

MRPinter User ID: 2095996 14542
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"I used egg nog and almond extract in place of buttermilk and vanilla extract to make a 3D snowman Christmas cake. Wonderful! Great texture and very small crumb makes it work well in cake molds."

LostTime User ID: 761087 40612
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010 Edited Oct. 10, 2015

"The cake was very moist, but too sweet. When I was making the recipe, I was concerned because it called for 3 cups of sugar???? In spite of my concern, I added the entire amount. I will make this recipe again because it was easy to make and uses buttermilk (always seem to have leftover buttermilk that needs using), however, the next time I will try 2 3/4 cups of sugar. I think that amount of sugar will still be too much, but I want to reduce it slowly because I know sugar plays an important role in the baking process. If need be, I will reduce it further the next time. Still I rate this recipe a 4 star because of ease of making and the taste is good (except for the sweetness). My opinion is cut back on the sugar if you don't like things too sweet."

2277 User ID: 2082686 16359
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"I love this pound cake. My coworkers love it and even pay to make it for them. I did adjust the buttermilk to 1 and 1/2 cups to make extra moist. I even added 1/2-3/4 cup of cocoa to make a chocolate version. This is the best!!!"

theplowmanswife User ID: 5271693 38074
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"this is the most outstanding pound cake I've ever baked. As the submitter stated, I will probably never bake a different pound cake!!!"

gjburkh User ID: 4418576 16354
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"great taste and easy to make"

martsi22 User ID: 1495699 40097
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"Made this today, it was wonderful. I halved the recipe and baked in 2 smaller size loaf pans. The texture is very fine, was great with fresh strawberries. Used lemon flavoring instead of vanilla, baked only for 1 hour, and it came out great."

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 39749
Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"I love this! Love the flavor, the texture, everything! Can't wait to try it as part of a chocolate fondue!"

Clariflor User ID: 4961904 40096
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"Loved the texture and flavor. I exchanged the vanilla extract for lemon extract and added some lemon zest."

kswecker User ID: 3089326 40605
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"This cake is WONDERFUL. Very moist and delicious. I will be making this cake often.

Kaye Swecker from Virginia"

[email protected] User ID: 1896982 38072
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009


Louise.Hooper User ID: 1042332 9077
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"Loved this one. I was looking for something simple but rich to carry my boyfriends favourite flavours: cinnamon chips and apples. This was perfect. I cut the sugar down to 2 cups though as I was adding extras. The cake came out moist, soft, tender and completely delicious."

mfletcher User ID: 3945493 39667
Reviewed May. 29, 2009 Edited May. 31, 2009

"An extremely good and moist cake. My family loved it. I have requests to make this from several of my friends."

maggie007 User ID: 3943362 201618
Reviewed May. 1, 2009

"Sounds like a great pound cake, this one I will bake."

Jenise Williams User ID: 4042476 38068
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2009

"Instead of dusting with confectioner's sugar, try drizzling it with a chocolate glaze. That's is how my mom makes it. This is my favorite cake.


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