This recipe for vanilla almond pound cake is simple and easy to make using ingredients typically found in the house, and tastes fantastic!
If you love pound cake as much as I do, you’ll also want to try this delicious Lemon Pound Cake recipe as well.
Easy Almond Pound Cake Recipe
With all the cakes and cupcakes that I bake, I realized recently that I’ve never made a pound cake! I love to eat pound cake, but I usually just buy it pre-made from Costco instead of making my own. This recipe for vanilla almond pound cake was the perfect recipe to get me started.
It’s so simple and easy to make, and it uses ingredients I always have in the house. My favorite thing about pound cake is that it’s so rich and moist, while still tender, and this vanilla almond pound cake has that perfect pound cake texture! Did I mention it also tastes fantastic? It is seriously delicious!
What Is Pound Cake?
Traditional pound cake is made using a pound of each ingredient needed to make the cake; flour, sugar, butter and eggs. Because you needed one pound of each ingredient, it came to be known as pound cake.
Tools Used To Make Vanilla Pound Cake
- I used my favorite KitchenAid mixer
- Bread pans
- My favorite kitchen knives to cut the cake and slice fresh fruit
How To Make Almond Pound Cake
Prep – Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. I used 4 mini loaf pans to make these but you can substitute those and just use one regular-size pan for a bigger loaf. Regardless, give your loaf pan a shot of cookie spray to keep it from sticking.
The Batter – Start by beating the butter and sugar together in the stand mixer until it’s light and fluffy. Next, add in one egg at a time until they’re fully combined. Then you’ll pour in the vanilla and almond extract and let it fully mix in. Then you’ll mix in the salt and baking powder. With the mixer on the low speed, add in half of the flour. Once mixed in, add in the sour cream and then add in the other half of the flour.
Cook – Pour the batter into the loaf pans and then place them in the oven. If you’re using the mini pans, you’ll bake them for about 30-35 minutes. If you go with the 1 larger pan, then you’ll bake it for 50-60 minutes. Once they are golden brown on top, you can check to see if they’re ready using a toothpick. Simply stick it in the center of the loaf and if it comes out clean, it’s ready.
How To Serve Almond Pound Cake
I love using pound cake to make strawberry shortcake, so I chopped up a few strawberries and put them on top of the pound cake, with some whipped cream on the side. It was perfection! A super delicious and stunning dessert that’s also incredibly easy to make.
This pound cake would also be delicious with other fresh berries, or with fresh peaches. It’s also pretty tasty all by itself!
Pound Cake Variations
This recipe is very versatile and it would be easy to change up the flavors by adding some orange or lemon zest, or mixing some coconut into the batter. After trying this homemade version, I’m never going back to the store-bought variety! 🙂
More Easy Cake Recipes
If you loved this vanilla pound cake recipe, here are a few more cake recipes we think you’ll love!
- Strawberry Shortcake Roll
- Easy Strawberry Cake Recipe
- Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
- Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
- Key Lime Cake Recipe
Vanilla Almond Pound Cake Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sour cream
for serving (optional):
- fresh berries, or any fruit
- whipped cream
- Preheat the oven to 350. Spray 4 mini loaf pans (or one regular size loaf pan) with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, and mix to combine. Add the vanilla and almond extract and mix to combine. Mix in the baking powder and salt. With the mixer running on low speed, add half of the flour, followed by the sour cream, and then the remaining flour, and mix until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan(s) and smooth the top.
- Bake 30-35 minutes for mini loaves or 50-60 minutes for a full size loaf, or until the loaf is lightly golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the top comes out clean. Remove and let cool. Serve with fresh berries and whipped cream, if desired.
This was so easy and delicious! I added 1 cup of frozen blueberries and cooked it in a bundt cake pan for about 45 mins. This is a keeper recipe!
Ok, that sounds DELICIOUS!!!
Could I substitute Greek Yogurt for the Sour Cream?
I’ve never tried substituting that in this recipe but I can’t say for certain how it will turn out. I’ve used that as a substitute for other recipes and it has always worked out so I think it should be fine. If you try it, please let me know how it turned out.
This is my favorite pound cake recipe. I just love the vanilla flavor and it always turns out great!
Thanks Mark, you made my day!
This is so delicious. The flavors are perfect the bread is moist!
What a delicious cake!! The strawberries were the perfect topping and my whole family loved it!
What a delicious pound cake and the almond flavour really shines in it!
Totally agree, that’s my favorite part!
Hi, I was wondering if you have ever tried this recipe in a bundt pan? If so, what would you recommend for baking time. Thank You!
Unfortunately I haven’t. I would recommend keeping a close eye on it and as the top starts to turn golden brown periodically checking it with the “toothpick test” to see if it’s done.
My daughter and daughter-in-law came across your recipe for the Vanilla Almond Pound Cake, since the daughter-in-law can’t have almond and I love to bake and experiment I exchanged the almond flavor to lime. I also added coconut and used lime yogurt instead of sour cream. My next exchange is going to be pineapple yogurt and rum flavor.
Thanks JoEllen, those are such great tips!
I love all things almond. This is so delicious and right up my alley!
This looks incredibly delicious! This couldn’t look any more perfect!
I LOVE how easy and delicious this is!! I can’t wait to make it again!
I would like to start the day with this pound cake! It looks divine!
What a wonderful dessert! I bet it makes the house smell amazing too!
I love the combo of vanilla and almond! This is fantastic!
This looks so soft and tasty!!