Old-Fashioned Pound Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

This old-fashioned pound cake is a classic that has been in our family for many many years.  Our grandmother made this cake almost weekly and it was always one of our favorites. The whipping cream is what makes this cake and it forms a crispy crust and we love it so much. I think this pound cake is one of the best out there and I honestly don’t think it needs any type of frosting, although some people like to add one. I love a slice with a cup of coffee.

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake Simple Ingredients:

Butter (softened/room temperature)

White sugar



Heavy whipping cream

All-purpose flour

We have gotten a lot of questions on this cake, many that have been answered in the comments. This cake is CORRECT as written, it does not have baking powder or baking soda in this cake. It’s made with 6 eggs, that is the leavening agent. This is an old fashioned pound cake and the way it is made.  You can use salted or unsalted butter in this cake. I use salted since I doesn’t have added salt. Do not over mix this cake, over mixing causes cakes to dry out.

Many great reviews on this cake: 

“I made this cake exactly as written which was very easy. It was wonderful. My guests really enjoyed it and asked to take some home. I have never made a cake without baking powder or soda, but this rose to the top of the pan and came out beautifully. It is nice and moist. Love it. Thank you.” – Madeline

“This cake is so delicious and has become my go to pound cake. I’ve been making it for about 2 months and have made 8 so far, two were given away, but the rest were because my husband loves it. I’ve shared the recipe with my mother and daughter. When my daughter made it she added fresh strawberries to the batter and it was so yummy. Thanks so much for this easy, fun to make, delicious cake!” – Jaquie

“Baked this cake today and made an amaretto glaze to go over it and it was exceptional! Will definitely be using this recipe again!” – Cheryl

“I loved this recipe. The pound cake was wonderful and my family enjoyed every bite.” – Carolyn

Full printable recipe in recipe card below.

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Daughter's Pound Cake

This Pound Cake is a family favorite, one my daughter makes often. Your family will love it too!
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 1 cake


  • 1 cup butter softened/room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease and flour one 9 or 10 inch tube or bundt pan or spray pan heavily.
  • Cream butter and sugar with mixer until fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add the flour, one cup at a time while adding cream a little at a time until all flour and cream is mixed in well. Add the vanilla flavoring and blend well. 
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 hours or until center springs back from small amount of pressure.



Be sure and grease or spray pan heavily and let cake sit and cool for about 12 minutes before removing from pan.
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