This sour cream pound cake is the perfect cake for a special occasion, or bake it for a weekend treat. Finish the pound cake with the optional vanilla glaze or dust the cooled cake with sifted confectioners' sugar. Slices of pound cake are fabulous with fruit sauces, berries, or lemon dessert sauce. Or slice the pound cake and make this delicious pound cake French toast.
Pound cakes get their fine texture from lengthy beating which incorporates air into the batter., and this pound cake gets an extra boost of lightness from beaten egg whites. Cream the butter and sugar for at least 4 to 5 minutes before you add the remaining ingredients. You'll find some helpful pound cake tips below the recipe.
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup butter (room temperature, 68 F to 72 F)
- 6 eggs (room temperature, separated)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (13 1/2 ounces, spoon and sweep)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- For the Optional Vanilla Glaze:
- 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (or hot water)
Heat the oven to 350 F.
Generously grease and flour a flat bottom tube cake pan or Bundt cake pan.
In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer cream together granulated sugar and 1 cup of butter for about 5 minutes, or until very light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at time, beating well after each addition.
Blend in the vanilla and sour cream.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and soda.
Add the dry ingredients to batter; beat well.
In another bowl — preferably stainless steel or glass — beat the egg whites until the peaks are almost stiff. Fold the beaten egg whites into the cake batter.
Pour into a greased and floured tube pan or Bundt cake pan and bake at 300° for about 1 1/2 hours or until cake tests done.
Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Carefully invert the pan onto a rack. If using a flat-bottom tube pan, invert the cake onto the rack and then invert it onto another rack.
Optional Vanilla Glaze
In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the 2 tablespoons of softened butter with 1 cup of powdered sugar. Beat in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and then beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk or hot water, or enough to make a thin icing. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cake.
Pound Cake Tips
- Because pound cakes are made without baking powder or baking soda, it's important to use an electric mixer and beat the batter for several minutes to incorporate as much air as possible.
- Use a long skewer that will reach the bottom of the pan to test a pound cake for doneness.
- To bring the eggs to room temperature, place them in a bowl and cover with hot tap water; let stand for about 5 minutes.
- If the batter looks curdled after the eggs are added, don't worry. Once the flour is beaten in the batter will be smooth.
- Don't open the oven door in the first 15 minutes of baking and don't move the cake within the first 20 minutes.
- If the top is browning excessively, tent the top of the cake loosely with foil.
- If your oven lacks any indication that the oven is preheated, give it about 10 to 15 minutes to come to temperature. Or use an oven thermometer. It's a good idea to check the oven temperature periodically with an oven thermometer.
- Because some ovens can be off by a few degrees, test the cake about 5 to 10 minutes before the end of the suggested baking time.
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