This made from scratch Buttermilk Pound Cake is a sensational choice for dessert. Serve it as is, or with fresh berries and cream for a tried and true Southern style treat.
Glazed Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe
Kitchen tools you'll need to make this pound cake aren't off the charts. You'll need standard baking tools to make this delicious pound cake. I use a stand mixer but you may certainly use a hand mixer if that's what you have handy. You'll also need measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, a large 10-12 cup Bundt pan, or an angel food or tube pan. Silicone spatula or large spoon to spoon into the pan and a small bowl and spoon to make and drizzle the cake with glaze.
How to Make a Southern Buttermilk Pound Cake
- Pound cakes earned their name as they were originally made using a pound of flour, a pound of sugar, a pound of butter and eggs. Through the years, these amounts have been largely modified and can vary from recipe to recipe depending on the preference of the cook.
- Please note, you'll need at least a 12 cup Bundt pan to make this cake.
- Should you prefer, an angel food pan often called a tube pan can also be used.
- You may also opt to bake it in two standard 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. When doing so, the baking time will be shorter. Check the center with a cake tester or toothpick for doneness halfway through baking and adjust adding time as needed from that point.
- You may choose to dust this cake with powdered sugar and serve it without the buttermilk glaze if that's your preference. You could also do both.
- You should store pound cake in an airtight container. If it's not glazed, it can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, but I recommend storing it chilled to lengthen that time to 5-7 days. It's perfectly fine to allow it to sit at room temperature for serving.
- You can freeze Buttermilk Pound Cake for up to 2 months.
Other Southern Pound Cake Recipes to Add to the Menu
You're very likely to find a pound cake in my kitchen at any given moment and at any time of year. Just a few other pound cake recipes you can find in the recipe index you may like to try:
- Orange Pound Cake is a citrus infused homemade cake.
- Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake a classic Southern style cake done right.
- If you love coconut cream pie you'll flip for this Coconut Cream Pound Cake with Vanilla Cream Glaze
- Lemon Raspberry Sour Cream Pound Cake features a lemon batter filled with fresh raspberries.
- Reese's Peanut Butter Pound Cake will delight the Reese's fans in your life.
- Banana Pudding Cream Cheese Pound Cake is a fusion cake combining two iconic Southern desserts.
- Mocha Pound Cake from King Arthur Baking
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Buttermilk Pound Cake
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup solid vegetable shortening
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs room temperature
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup buttermilk (not fat free)
- Buttermilk Glaze: (optional)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup buttermilk additional as needed to thin
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter and flour a 12 cup Bundt pan or spray with baking spray. Set aside. (Alternately, you may use an angel food tube pan.)
- Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening and sugar. Beat for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Add vanilla, lemon and almond extracts. Whip again until combined.
- Lower the speed of the mixer and add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, use a whisk to sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Lower the speed of mixer, adding dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk beginning and ending with flour. Stop and scrap the sides of the bowl periodically.
- Pour evenly into pan. Place into the oven and bake for 80-90 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes back clean.
- Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then invert and remove from pan to a cooling rack to cool completely. Once cooled, dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with glaze.
- Store in an airtight container chilled for 5-7 days or if unglazed, you can store it at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- To make optional glaze: In a small bowl mix together powdered sugar, buttermilk and vanilla until sugar has dissolved. Drizzle over cooled cake.