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Easy Paula Deen Pound Cake

It’s hard to beat a simple and easy pound cake recipe. I love making this Paula Deen pound cake recipe. Top it with a little vanilla glaze and some fresh fruit and you’re golden!

Whenever I try to eat a little healthier, my urge to bake is nearly insurmountable. This Paula Deen pound cake checks all the boxes with a simply sweet vanilla flavor, rich buttery texture and a delightful vanilla glaze I added myself. 

My willful deprivation of the ooey and the gooey combined with the irresistible smell of a pound cake baking in the oven is a terrible combination. Yet, here we are. 

It makes the discipline that much sweeter. Or something.

classic pound cake sliced cake pinterest image

Truth be told, my son was begging me to make a pound cake. One year during Thanksgiving vacation, he decided it was his favorite dessert of all time and it was high time we had another.

Who could blame him? It was a darn good pound cake.

My other son love cupcakes, however so he would reach for these orange creamsicle cupcakes instead!

slice of pound cake on a plate with spoon

Easy Paula Deen Pound Cake Recipe

I turned to the internet for recipes and decided that anything with 2 sticks of butter would do. I had to purchase a tube (bundt) pan which was a small price to pay.

I had most of the ingredients already. Here’s what you will need:

  • Butter
  • Vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • salt
  • milk
  • baking powder
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar (for glaze)
photo taken from overhead of pound cake ingredients

Once you have a tube or bundt pan there is a lot more you can make with the pan and here’s a book that will give you lots of ideas: 100 Bundt and Tube Pan Cake Recipes

Making the cake is as easy as combining the ingredients and letting your home fill with the most amazing aromas.

Want to know why this is one of my most pinned recipes? Check out these reviews!

“This is one fantastic cake. It has become one of my most frequent used recipes.” – Sherry

“This was a perfect recipe, I’ve made a few of these and everybody loves them!” – Beverly

“Made this as a dessert for my family Thanksgiving. It was easy and a big hit!” – Wendy

Needless to say, this is one pound cake recipe you will want to save so you can make it again and again!

pound cake batter in a bundt pan

I decided to add a simple vanilla glaze to our cake to keep it simple.

You could also swap that for this easy strawberry glaze, dust with confectioner’s sugar top with fresh fruit and whipped cream or ice cream, or eat it plain!

It’s so good.

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slice of pound cake on a plate with spoon

Easy Paula Deen Pound Cake

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This delicious pound cake recipe is the perfect southern cake for summer! Make it for an everyday treat or dessert to share.


  • 2 sticks butter, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (I use Crisco)
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk, plus 3 Tbsp for glaze
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, plus more for glaze
  • 1.5 cup confectioner's sugar for glaze


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cream butter and shortening together in a mixing bowl or with a hand-held mixer.
  3. Slowly add sugar as you mix
  4. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.
  5. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl
  6. Add dry ingredients and milk a little bit at a time, alternating with milk. Be sure to start and end with the flour.
  7. Finally, mix in vanilla.
  8. Pour into a greased and floured tube or bundt pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  9. For the glaze, mix together confectioner's sugar, 3 Tbsp milk, and 2 tsp vanilla and pour over cooled cake. (see notes)


Turn cake onto a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet before adding glaze. Make sure the cake is not too hot or the glaze will drip right off.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 164mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 43gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is estimated and may vary based on products used. Please verify with your ingredients.

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*Post updated from 2014

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Thursday 25th of November 2021

I have made 100’s of pound cakes but have never used baking powder, baking soda or salt. Why does this one need it?

Andrea Updyke

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Traditional pound cakes didn't use them but they do add a bit in my opinion! The baking powder adds some lightness to the cake and the salt enhances the yummy flavors. Hope this helps!


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

This is a great recipe. I love it and my go to recipe indeed.

Andrea Updyke

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

So happy you like it! It's one of my favorites too.


Thursday 28th of August 2014

Wow, that's so weird how I just suddenly started salivating.

462 calories? That's... wow. But it looks so good!

Andrea Updyke

Friday 29th of August 2014

But remember, that image of a slice is half that. You're getting a bargain at just 231 calories!

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