Easy Paula Deen Pound Cake

4.57 from 351 votes

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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. 

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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!

Want more bundt cake ideas? try these!

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.

For more yummy dessert ideas, check out my other recipes below.

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Easy Paula Deen Pound Cake

4.57 from 351 votes
This delicious pound cake recipe is the perfect southern cake for summer! Make it for an everyday treat or dessert to share.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes
Yield: 20


  • 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.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 389kcal, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 164mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 43g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American

What is your favorite way to eat pound cake? Let me know in the comments

*Post updated from 2014

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  1. 5 stars
    First time making a pound cake with my daughter and used this recipe. The only change I made was I used half milk/half heavy whipping cream. It was delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe because hubby was asking for pound cake! It’s a keeper. He really liked the added glaze, too. Mine was done at 75 minutes.

    1. 5 stars
      So my mother who might I add is a down home southern gal one whom loves everything the South has to offer requested a Southern True Pound Cake I could have literally passed out but instead I felt confident in your recipe and what do you know..IT WAS AMAZING MY MOM SMILE WS THE BIGGEST WE HAD SEEN IN A WHILE….THIS IS NOW MY FAVORITE again Thank you for your Culinary Passion😀😀

  3. I made this pound cake and it was slightly dry. Can I add 1/2 cup sour cream or buttermilk? I notice in connection ya no one had this issue. Perhaps I will try it again lowering the oven temp to 325 degrees, could be my oven even thou I have calibrated it. See how that works first. What is your advise?

    1. @Lili,

      Lili, I used butter flavored crisco the first time. Then I used three sticks of room temp butter (unsalted/sweetened) and noticed a burst of moisture.

  4. 5 stars
    Just made a Paula Deen pound cook and it turned out so delicious! So excited because I haven’t baked in years. Easy recipe to follow. Will be making this cake again!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I bake mine in loaf pans. We like to slice it and butter each side and toast them in cast iron skillets. Oh my goodness it is so good.

  6. 4 stars
    Do the eggs have to be room temp and the butter and shortening (should the butter be salted or unsalted).