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Vanilla Almond Pound Cake

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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.

a white plate with four slices of Vanilla Almond Pound Cake made with this easy Recipe and topped with strawberries and whipped cream

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

slices of this Vanilla Almond Pound Cake Recipe on a white plate topped with strawberries and whipped cream

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! 🙂

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Vanilla Almond Pound Cake
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Vanilla Almond Pound Cake Recipe

This recipe for vanilla almond pound cake is simple and easy to make using ingredients typically found in the house, and tastes fantastic.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, cake, fruit
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 338 kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray 4 mini loaf pans (or one regular size loaf pan) with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Almond Pound Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 210mg9%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 533IU11%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

three loaves of Vanilla Almond Pound Cake on a white serving tray

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