Much better than the standard pound cake, I got the recipe from a great-aunt, over 40 years ago.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
Yield:
1 - 8x4 inch loaf pan
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 8x4 inch loaf pan.

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  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sour cream and eggs.

  • Add flour and pinch of soda, mix well. Pour into a 8x4 inch loaf pan.

  • Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

312 calories; protein 4.3g 9% DV; carbohydrates 44.9g 15% DV; fat 13.3g 20% DV; cholesterol 85.3mg 28% DV; sodium 120.2mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2006
I have used this basic recipe for a couple of years. It's four stars with the changes that I made. I added a tsp of vanilla and decreased the sugar to 3/4 cup. I don't like a sweet pound cake. I added more like a heaping half cup of sour cream. The first time I made this it started to burn. Now I bake it at 350. If anyone is new to baking and unsure of what a pinch is just use a 1/8 tsp measure for the salt and the baking soda and you will be fine. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/07/2008
I think personally that the flavor was ok (that's based on the batter anyways). However the cake came out dry and I was very careful not to overmix or overbake. Not pleased; will not use again. Read More
(56)
436 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 273
  • 4 star values: 110
  • 3 star values: 27
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2006
I have used this basic recipe for a couple of years. It's four stars with the changes that I made. I added a tsp of vanilla and decreased the sugar to 3/4 cup. I don't like a sweet pound cake. I added more like a heaping half cup of sour cream. The first time I made this it started to burn. Now I bake it at 350. If anyone is new to baking and unsure of what a pinch is just use a 1/8 tsp measure for the salt and the baking soda and you will be fine. Read More
(679)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2005
This is excellent! This is what I did to make it come out that way. I added 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond extract to the batter. I baked it at 350 degrees for 75 minutes. The inside was moist and tender. The outside was crusty and rich. I topped it with whipped cream and sliced, sugared fresh strawberries. It was yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2003
Great recipe! I doubled the recipe, used cake flour, a tube pan and dropped the temperature to 350. The cake was perfect! Remember..eggs and butter at room temperature and don't overbeat. This recipe is a keeper! http://www.film-guy.com Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2010
I already had this basic recipe in my file but I needed to make a few changes. To start I doubled the recipe so that I could use a 10 cup tube pan instead of a loaf pan. I always make sure that my ingredients are room temperature before I start. This is very important in cake baking. I creamed the butter and sugar but I used unsalted butter and I used 2 1/2 sticks instead. I kept the sugar at three cups and I used seven large eggs separating the yolks adding them one at a time beating well after each addition. I put the egg whites in a glass bowl and set aside. Then I added the extracts to the mixture but I did something different. I like a very flavorful cake so I used one teaspoon each of orange lemon and almond extract and two teaspoons of vanilla extract and never ever use imitation. I just can't imagine baking a cake without some extract or other flavoring. I used cake flour instead of all purpose and I sifted it three times. Because I like to use unsalted butter I had to add 1/2 teaspoon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to the flour. I split the flour into thirds and added it alternating with the sour cream. Then I beat the egg whies until stiff peaks were formed and folded them into the batter poured the batter into the tube pan and baked for about 90 minutes at 350 degrees. This cake was perfect and its a nice big cake. I simply love it and its moist too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2010
Beautiful, classic pound cake, tho' I do add a pinch of salt and a flavoring as well - vanilla, almond, lemon - the possibilities are unlimited. I also use the traditional preparation method: cream the butter and sugar very well, a good few minutes, until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour and sour cream alternately in thirds, beginning and ending with the flour. Set timer shorter than designated baking time to guarantee a moist cake by not overbaking. Delicious. On this occasion I used this batter for cupcakes - one recipe makes 12. Make a double recipe for a Bundt or tube pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2003
I added lemon zest and poppy seed to this recipe. Zest of one lemon juice of lemon and 1/4 cup poppy seeds. Then I added a lemon glaze of lemon juice powdered sugar and milk. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2004
My husband is a great cook but following detailed recipes is not his style. This is an easy to follow recipe with a tremendous pay off! The crust is crisp with a tender and moist cake in the middle! Watch the time as our oven cooks it in 45 min. Also double the recipe if using a bundt pan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2010
Excellent pound cake - very moist and goes perfect with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream. I did add 2 tsp. of vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp. of lemon extract. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2006
Very good with minor changes. I added vanilla extract baked at 350 but had to cover with foil after 40 minutes to keep from getting too brown. I might reduce the sugar a bit next time. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/07/2008
I think personally that the flavor was ok (that's based on the batter anyways). However the cake came out dry and I was very careful not to overmix or overbake. Not pleased; will not use again. Read More
(56)
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