By popular demand, here's the secret recipe for Granny's Homemade Pound Cake - a rich, buttery cake that is a family favorite in Alabama.
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My cousin, Jack, made this cake and posted the pic on Instagram a few weeks ago. I shared the photo and got lots of comments from people asking for the recipe. Jack was so sweet to share his granny's special recipe and now I'm sharing it with you.
Pound cake gets its name from having a pound of each ingredient like a pound of butter, pound of sugar, pound of flour and so on. It seems that the recipe has changed over the years but it is still just as good. This recipe doesn't have a pound of each ingredient but is completely delicious!
How to Make Pound Cake
Mix margarine, butter, and cream cheese together until fluffy.
Add sugar gradually. Then add eggs, one at a time.
Slowly add flour & vanilla.
Bake in greased, flour Bundt pan for 2 hrs or more at 275. Test cake to see if done .
Out of oven, let it rest at least 15 minutes. Then remove from pan.
Pro Tips for Making the Perfect Pound Cake
1) Make sure the margarine, butter, cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature before mixing.
2) Do not overbeat the cake batter.
2) Start in cold oven.
3) Put a little pan of water under your cake when it is baking to keep moist.
4) Turn the oven on AFTER you put the cake in.
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Granny's Homemade Pound Cake
- 1 cup margarine, room temperature 2 sticks
- ½ cup butter, room temperature 1 stick
- 8 oz. cream cheese room temperature
- 6 large eggs room temperature
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 cups cake flour Such as Swans
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Grease and flour a large tube pan or 12-cup Bundt pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix margarine, butter, cream cheese together until fluffy with an electric mixer on medium. With mixer on low, add sugar gradually. Then add eggs, one at a time. Slowly add flour & vanilla, then mix until combined. Batter will be thick, do not overbeat. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for 2 hrs or more at 275°F. Test cake to see if done by inserting a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Out of oven, let it rest at least 15 minutes. Then remove from pan.
- Pro tips: Make sure margarine, butter, cream cheese. Eggs are at room temp. Put a little pan of water under your cake when it is cooking to keep moist. Start in cold oven. When you put the cake in oven then turn it on.
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Instead of margarine, can I use more butter?
Lise Ode says
I think that would work just fine.
I think butter will make the cake better but margarine is healthier, don't you think?
Leslie Anne Tarabella says
Pound cake makes your whole house smell fabulous! Thanks for the tips. I never knew to put the cake in a cold oven first. This recipe looks wonderful. - Thanks!
Lise Ode says
Nothing like an Alabama pound cake recipe! xoxo