Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe

You’ll love this delicious old fashioned pound cake recipe. It tastes just like the one your grandma used to make!

You'll love this delicious old fashioned pound cake recipe.  It tastes just like the one your grandma used to make! #homemade #oldfashioned #fromscratch #poundcake 

Old Fashioned Pound Cake

I love all things vintage and old-fashioned, so when Merissa suggested that I try and make this old fashioned pound cake recipe from a 1940’s cookbook, I was very excited, even if I was also a bit intimidated. Confession: this is my very first homemade pound cake!

A few notes about this recipe. First of all, I looked up several other pound cake recipes to compare and this one wasn’t like any of the others. The more recipes I looked at, the more worried I was that this one would be a colossal failure! However, I followed the recipe and instructions (mostly) and it turned out just lovely. In fact, it was a huge hit, and the whole family loved it.

Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe

Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

What To Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream Butter. Add sugar and beat well.
  4. Stir in beaten egg yolks and nutmeg.
  5. Alternately add dry ingredients and fold in egg whites, adding lemon juice with egg whites.
  6. Stir in vanilla extract.
  7. Add to a loaf pan or bundt ban and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs separated
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter. Then add the sugar and beat well.
  4. Stir in beaten egg yolks and nutmeg.
  5. Alternately add dry ingredients and fold in egg whites, adding lemon juice with egg whites
  6. Stir in vanilla extract
  7. Add to a loaf pan or bundt ban and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

Typically, pound cake is served without icing because it is so rich. However, I had some strawberries that were calling my name and I just couldn’t help myself, so I made a strawberry glaze to go with ours.

Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe

Strawberry Glaze Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 3 large strawberries, pureed.

What To Do:

Cream the butter in a mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar, and mix well. Add the remaining powdered sugar, alternating with milk until desired consistency is reached. Finally, mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and strawberry puree. If the glaze is too thick, add additional milk 1 teaspoon at a time. If it is too thin, add additional powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.

—This glaze would also be delicious drizzled over some Homemade Muffins! Get the Muffin Mix Recipe.

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Strawberry Glaze Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 3 large strawberries pureed

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar, and mix well. Add remaining powdered sugar, alternating with milk until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Finally, mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and strawberry puree. If the glaze is too thick, add additional milk 1 teaspoon at a time. If it is too thin, add additional powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.

Enjoy this delicious pound cake with your favorite fruit, with the strawberry glaze above, or plain with a bit of whipped cream!

Here are some more old fashioned recipes you might enjoy:

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies Recipe

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Bars Recipe

Old Fashioned Cheese Squares Recipe

Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe

Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie

Old Fashioned Green Beans: Using the Garden Veggies

Old Fashioned Baked Beans Recipe

Old Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe

 

What is your favorite cake recipe?

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This Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in July 2014. It has been updated as of April 2020.

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9 Comments

  1. Does the lemon juice serve a chemical purpose, or is it just for flavor? I am allergic to it, but the rest of the recipe looks delicious!

  2. Wow, this looks sooo good!! So glad you linked up with the Let’s Be Friends linkup today!! Thanks!!

  3. This looks great…and all that butter? Well it HAS to be good! Have a blessed day, JO mwordsandthechristianwoman.com

  4. This recipe looks so yummy….pinned.

    My favorite cake is North Douglas Chocolate. This might be a favorite too.