Martha’s Classic Pound Cake

Classic Pound Cake

All my girls love to bake. They cut their teeth on Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, and are still using our same old dog-eared copy today. Martha’s Classic Pound Cake is one of our family’s favorites. It ranks right up there with her fresh fruit crisp.

Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 3 sicks of butter (at room temp)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 large eggs
  • powdered sugar (for dusting)


Instructions for making Martha’s Classic Pound Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a bread pan, then dust with flour. Set aside.

    grease baking pan

  2. Whisk together the flour and salt in a mid size bowl. Set aside.

    sifting flour

    mixing dry ingredients

  3. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.

    creaming butter

    Classic Pound Cake Batter

    season with vanilla

  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined with mixer on low speed.

    adding eggs

  5. Mix in flour mixture, beating until just combined.
  6. Spoon batter into buttered pan and smooth with a spatula. Bake until cake is golden and toothpick comes out clean (50 to 60 minutes). Turn cake out and cool for about ten minutes (if you can wait that long!)

    Classic Pound Cake - ready to bake

  7. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm with whipped cream, ice cream, and/or fresh fruit. Serve it with a tall glass of cold milk.

    Classic Pound Cake - serve with fruit

Moist and delicious, this pound cake is delicious drizzled with honey and a spoonful of cherry pie filling. It also makes a perfect base for strawberry shortcake.

Classic Pound Cake

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