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Old Fashioned Southern Pound Cake

I have the urge to start this post by saying hey, y’all. I know, so cliche but it’s truly how most of us southerners great each other. Another reason why I wanted to say hey y’all was because this post is about one of the most storied cakes related to the south and that’s the old fashioned pound cake.  Not a bundt cake, but a pound cake made with  1/2 pound of butter and baked in a tube pan. The real deal, legit pound cake.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I am sharing a pound cake recipe the week before Christmas and to that I say, pound cake has always been a staple cake for my family during the Christmas season. I typically make red velvet cake and will make a few later this week, but pound cake is one of those tried and true cakes that you can’t go wrong with. We like to eat our pound cake fresh out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

If you’ve never made or had a true southern pound cake I hope you add it to your Christmas baking list!


P.S. One of my sweet past co-workers gave me this recipe about 18 years ago. She was a great baker and cook and has since passed on. I cherish all of the recipes she shared with me and I’m happy to share this recipe with y’all.



Old Fashioned Southern Pound Cake recipe from Cheryl *slightly modified




2 sticks of butter,  softened


1/ 2 cup Crisco shortening


3 cups sugar


5  large eggs


3 cups all-purpose flour


1/2 teaspoon baking powder


1/4 teaspoon salt


1 cup milk


2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract




Generously grease and flour your tube pan and set it to the side.


Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.


In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and crisco.  Once creamed together, add each egg, one at a time .


In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Once the flour mixture is sifted, alternate mix in  the flour mixture and milk, then mix in the vanilla.


Pour the cake batter into the tube pan and bake for an 60-90 minutes.  The cake is don’t when a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool completed and serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    Jett Whitfield
    December 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    This is the exact same recipe that I use! Makes a wonderful cake =)
    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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      December 21, 2016 at 12:35 am

      You are a great baker Jett so I’m not surprised you already have this recipe in your collection! It is a timeless recipe! Merry Christmas!

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    December 20, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Oh Lord, this sounds amazing. My mother collected Pound Cake recipes throughout her life. I have many of the news clippings now. I’m not much of a baker, but I do love a good Pound Cake. This one seems to have all the right ingredients. Knowing it’s origin and your history with the lady – this one seems special also. I’ll definitely add it to my collection of Pound Cake recipes. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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      December 21, 2016 at 12:34 am

      That warms my heart Rhonda!! This pound cake is not hard at all whether you are a baker or not.:-) Happy to be a part of your pound cake collection. Merry Christmas!

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    December 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Tamara for this recipe. I had it years ago but lost it during a move. I can’t wait to bake it again.

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      December 21, 2016 at 12:33 am

      Hey Joyce! I’m so happy you can make this recipe again. I know it will be delicious!

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    Margaret Eckles-Ray
    December 21, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Thanks cuz’n- I’m on it!

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      December 21, 2016 at 3:20 am

      You’re welcome Margaret! Let me know how it turns out!!

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    December 21, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Any type of milk ok? Also, do you have a recipe for a lemon pound cake? I’ve always wanted to make one that has a tangy glaze. I’m making this one on Friday. Thanks for posting!

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      December 21, 2016 at 3:19 am

      Hey Tania! I used 2% milk. You need to use milk with fat in it when baking so no fat free milk. You can always substitute the vanilla extract for lemon extract to switch it up in this recipe. Happy Baking!

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    December 22, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Can I substitute coconut oil for the Crisco. Don’t really want to go back to using trans fats.

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      December 22, 2016 at 2:34 am

      Hey Veda! I haven’t tried it with another oil. Substitute it and let me know how it turns out! 🙂

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    December 23, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Is the Crisco the solid kind?

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      December 23, 2016 at 1:28 am

      Hi Lisa! Yes, it’s the solid form of Crisco. Happy Baking! 🙂

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    April 4, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    MY MY MY (sweet southern drawwl) DATZ A PURRRDY POUND CAKE HUNNNEY!!

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      April 24, 2018 at 12:04 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Kema Rogers
    May 6, 2018 at 4:57 am

    I’m making your pound cake for my Pastor. I pray it comes out good! I don’t want to embarrass myself
    Your recipe is great! Thank you do much for posting it!😁😁😁

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      May 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Kema! I’m sure the cake turned out great!!

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    Patrica Tabb
    July 26, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Tamara, this looks like my Aunt Isabelle’s recipe, I remember how it would flake on top and I just loved those crumbles as a child! I am looking forward to trying it! Do you think it would work with three sticks of butter and no Crisco? Thanks!

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      October 14, 2018 at 2:23 am

      Hi Patricia! That flaky top is the best part, isn’t it? I’ve only used crisco and butter combo in this recipe, so I can not confirm how an all butter version will work. I’m sure it will be fine!

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    September 26, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Got one in the oven and another ready to go in can’t wait to taste it .

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      October 14, 2018 at 2:20 am

      Awesome!! I hope you enjoyed it!!

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    November 15, 2018 at 1:38 am

    I just took this pound cake out of the oven a bit ago and OMGoodness…this is the perfect Pound Cake recipe! Thank you, Thank you, thank you for this recipe.

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      November 15, 2018 at 1:39 am

      I’m so happy you made it and love it! I’m making one next week for Thanksgiving! 🙂

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