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. They go hand in hand really; my willful deprivation of the ooey and the gooey combined with the irresistible smell of a pound cake baking in the oven.
It makes the discipline that much sweeter. Or something.
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.
Easy Paula Deen Pound Cake Recipe
I had most of the ingredients already. Here’s what you will need:
- Vegetable shortening (Crisco)
- All-purpose flour
- baking powder
- vanilla extract
- powdered sugar (for glaze)
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.
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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- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Cream butter and shortening together in a mixing bowl or with a hand-held mixer.
- Slowly add sugar as you mix
- Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.
- Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Add dry ingredients and milk a little bit at a time, alternating with milk. Be sure to start and end with the flour.
- Finally, mix in vanilla.
- 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.
- 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.
What is your favorite way to eat pound cake? Let me know in the comments
*Post updated from 2014