Grandmother's Pound Cake


This traditional pound cake recipe is over 100 years old and is the original kind of pound cake: it contains 1 pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour with no salt, baking powder, or flavoring. Vanilla or almond extract can be added if desired.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
3 8x4-inch loaves


  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 2 cups butter, softened

  • 6 large eggs

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • cup milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease three 8x4-inch loaf pans, then line with parchment paper.

  2. Cream together sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in flour alternately with milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter evenly into the prepared loaf pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 70 minutes.

  4. Run a small knife around the edges of each pan. Allow cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert, peel off the parchment, and cool completely on wire racks.

Editor's Note:

The magazine version of this recipe bakes two 9x5-inch loaves at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

264 Calories
14g Fat
33g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 264
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 43mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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