Mom's Vanilla Pound Cake


This pound cake combines butter and shortening and has a wonderful buttery vanilla flavor. This classic is always a hit!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
1 Bundt(R) cake


  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup butter

  • ½ cup shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • 5 eggs

  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup evaporated milk

  • ½ cup water

  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a fluted tube pan (such as Bundt®).

  2. Combine sugar, butter, and shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until light yellow in color. Add eggs one at a time, mixing in each completely before adding the next. Mix in 1/3 of the flour, then 1/2 of the milk and water. Repeat with remaining flour, milk, and water, mixing completely between each addition. Add vanilla extract. Mix for 1 minute more.

  3. Pour batter into the prepared tube pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack.

Cook's Notes:

I use a Bundt(R) pan but you can also use 2 loaf pans.

You can also 5 fluid ounces evaporated milk and 3 fluid ounces water.

For a chocolate pound cake, add 1/2 cup cocoa with the flour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

575 Calories
27g Fat
77g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 575
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 103mg 2%

* 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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