Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe

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

old fashioned pound cake recipe

Old Fashioned Pound Cake

I love all things vintage and old-fashioned, and as you might know, I collect old cookbooks that I find in antique stores. This old-fashioned pound cake recipe comes from a 1940s cookbook. It’s very moist and completely delicious!

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 to be lovely. In fact, it was a huge hit, and the whole family loved it.

a slice of pound cake topped with powdered sugar on a plate with a fork
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You'll love this delicious old fashioned pound cake recipe. It tastes just like the one your grandma used to make!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Old Fashioned Pound Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 455 kcal
Creator Merissa


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


  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
Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 455 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 344mg15%
Potassium 82mg2%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 858IU17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
a slice of pound cake

Strawberry Glaze Recipe

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. You can find the recipe below if you’d like to add it to yours.

If you want to skip it but still want the pound cake to look pretty, you can just sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top.

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

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This strawberry glaze is a perfect addition to your favorite snacks or desserts.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Strawberry Glaze Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 223 kcal
Creator Merissa


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


  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.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Glaze Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 0.3g1%
Vitamin A 361IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.04mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

Soft sour cream cookies on parchment paper with milk in the background.

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Merissa Alink

Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple and frugal life on Little House Living since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.

This Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in July 2014. It has been updated as of March 2024.

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  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.