20+ Loaf Cake Recipes That Are Simply Irresistible

zesty lemon loaf
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Fact: Everything is more delicious when it's shaped like a loaf. Bread? Check. Meat? Check. Cake? Check, check, check. Put your handy dandy 9x5 loaf pan to good use with one of these beautifully rectangular desserts. From old-fashioned pound cakes and loaves made with the barest of essentials to decadent cakes with fancy ingredients and toppings, you really should bookmark this collection of our best loaf cakes — you're sure to return to it again and again.

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Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake

A loaf cake on a platter with a few slices cut, garnished with lemon slices

"This is an old recipe that my grandmother always made," according to recipe creator Cookin Mama. "It goes great with coffee and is quick and easy to make."

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Christmas Cherry Cake

closeup of a loaf cake dusted with powdered sugar and tied with a white ribbon

It couldn't be easier to make this simple fruit cake with fewer than 10 easy-to-find ingredients. Not only will you be proud to serve this loaf at your holiday party, it makes a great last-minute gift.

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Cranberry Orange Loaf

Cranberry Orange Loaf

Allrecipes users can't get enough of this decadent and fruity cake. "This really is an excellent recipe," according to reviewer LemonLush. "It should be illegal its so good!"

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Viennese Chocolate-Nut Cake

Viennese Chocolate-Nut Cake
Buckwheat Queen

You need just seven ingredients to make this delicious cake: margarine, white sugar, eggs, flour, cornstarch, ground hazelnuts, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

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Oreo Loaf Cake

Oreo Loaf Cake
The Sweet and Sour Baker

This indulgent one-bowl cake is made with an ample amount of sour cream, which makes it irresistibly moist. Cookie lovers will come back to this recipe again and again.

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Easy Lemon Curd Pound Cake

Easy Lemon Curd Pound Cake
Easy Lemon Curd Pound Cake. Allrecipes

"This lemon curd cake is very moist and easy to make," says recipe creator buttons. "I also sometimes bake them in muffin tins to make it easy for a packed lunch or picnic."

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Apple Cinnamon White Cake

sliced apple cinnamon white cake on a white platter
My Hot Southern Mess

Nobody will guess that this decadent apple cake comes together in minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Recipe creator Jinglebells recommends serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Fig-Ricotta Cake

fig ricotta cake with fresh figs

This moist-yet-dense cake has a sweet, buttery, and rich flavor, according to recipe creator lutzflcat. It's sure to impress even your most discerning dinner guests.

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Grandmother's Pound Cake II

Grandmother's Pound Cake II
wannabe chefette

"This recipe is over 100 years old and is the original kind of pound cake," says recipe creator WHOLEGRAINWOMAN. "It contains 1 pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour and contains no salt, baking powder or flavoring."

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Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cake with Cherry Compote

Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cake with Cherry Compote

"I love this cake," raves five-star reviewer nick. "I've made it several times and it has always turned out great — quite moist and dense."

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Whipping Cream Pound Cake

Whipping Cream Pound Cake

Recipe creator Toni Wiggins has a genius tip for altering this incredibly moist pound cake to suit your taste: Supplement the heavy whipping cream with flavored coffee creamer!

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One Egg Lemon Pound Cake

One Egg Lemon Pound Cake

This old-fashioned family recipe is incredibly easy to make with kitchen staples like all-purpose flour, butter, and milk. As the title suggests, you only need one egg!

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Butter Pound Cake

Butter Pound Cake
Butter Pound Cake | Photo by SARAHERCK.

Here's an easy pound cake you can make with just seven ingredients: butter, eggs, sugar, all-purpose flour, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and lemon extract.

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake III

Chocolate Zucchini Cake III

"This is a moist fudgy type cake," says recipe creator Sandy. "Sweet but not extremely sweet and makes good use of zucchini! You can frost it with chocolate frosting or cream cheese icing."

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Yogurt Cake

Yogurt Cake
Anita Dayoff

This top-rated cake is made moist by lemon-flavored yogurt instead of sour cream. Make it with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

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Spiced Orange Olive Oil Cake

Spiced Orange Olive Oil Cake

"With just a touch of sweetness, this olive oil cake has a hint of orange zest and five-spice powder," says recipe creator ChefJackie. "If you don't eat it all the first day, cut it into cubes and layer with whipped cream and oranges, or toast and slather with honey."

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Zesty Lemon Loaf

zesty lemon loaf

"This dressed-up pound cake-style lemon loaf has a delicate hint of ginger," says recipe creator Kathleen C. "The decadence of Grand Marnier makes this lemon loaf special."

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Pound Cake with Lemon Coconut Glaze

Pound Cake with Lemon Coconut Glaze

This healthier take on old-fashioned pound cake is made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and soy milk. A glaze made with confectioners' sugar, milk, lemon juice, and coconut flakes is the perfect finishing touch.

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Yummy Lemon Coconut Loaf

Yummy Lemon Coconut Loaf

"As soon as I read this recipe I knew I had to stop everything and go directly to my kitchen to bake it," says reviewer Beth Fraley. "Just finishing off my second delicious scrumptious slice!"

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Starbucks Lemon Bread

Copycat of Starbucks Lemon Bread

Starbucks fans, rejoice! You can make this coffeehouse favorite in the comfort of your own home. It's "delicious with a cup of fresh-brewed coffee," according to recipe creator SB.

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Date Loaf Cake

closeup of slices of fruitcake with dates and candied cherries

Inspired by sticky date pudding, according to recipe creator REILLY, this moist and delicious cake is made without eggs. You only need seven pantry staples to make it.

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