“Tried & True, Southern Butter Pound Cake! This pound cake is such an old-fashioned classic with a tender crumb and incredible flavor!”


Visual learner? Watch me make this Southern Butter Pound Cake from start to finish!

Pound cakes are my true love! Like seriously they speak to my heart and soul. Butter pound cakes instantly remind me of childhood summers at my great grandfather’s house in Elberton, GA.

The slam of that screen door, the sound of nothing but buzzing insects and bubbling creeks and catching lightning bugs at dawn!

Ahhhhh memories! Butter pound cakes were always present at his home.

Easy Butter Pound Cake

It’s true; you just can’t go wrong with a good, old-fashioned butter pound cake! Whether you are topping it with fresh fruit like peaches or strawberries or just eating it as is, it’s just a Southern classic!

Butter pound cakes are pretty darn simple and a lot like a vanilla pound cake, only with more buttery flavor!

butter pound cake recipe

To bump up that buttery flavor and create a delicate crumb, I’m using butter-flavored shortening. If you can’t get your hands on buttered flavored shortening, then regular shortening with a bit of butter flavoring will work just fine!

The texture of this butter pound cake is just perfect! The crumb is so fluffy and moist. It only gets better the next day, and it freezes like a dream!


How To Freeze Pound Cake

At the end of the video, I show you how I like to freeze my pound cakes. Pound cakes are some of the BEST cakes to freeze because once thawed, they come back to that amazing crumb texture & flavor as if it’s freshly baked!

You can ALWAYS find frozen pound cake in my freezer. It’s great for last minute guests! There is nothing like ending a spring/summer dinner with warm pound cake topped with grilled pineapples or freshly picked strawberries & whipped cream! Especially if you can just grab the cake from the freezer and thaw!

To freeze my pound cake I cut the cake into slices. Then I wrap each slice tightly with plastic wrap. Next, I wrap them in foil paper and place the slices in a freezer container.

Now, this might seem like overkill but I even taste a hint of “freezer” on my food, I can’t eat it.

This method keeps pound cake fresh and protected for up to 4 months! Cake thaw really fast so I just place it on the counter and let it thaw out.

Follow along with me!!!!

Get the Recipe: Southern Butter Pound Cake

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Tried & True, Southern Butter Pound Cake! This pound cake is such an old-fashioned classic with a tender crumb and incredible flavor!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 1 cake


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon natural butter flavoring, optional but enhances the buttery taste
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Grease and flour a bundt pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together butter, shortening, and sugar.
  • Mix in eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each egg.
  • Mix in egg yolks.
  • Mix in vanilla extract, lemon extract and butter flavoring (if using)
  • Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, alternating with the milk and buttermilk.
  • Mix until batter is fluffy.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan and shake the pan to even out the top and release any air bubbles.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 20 mins. ( Check it at the 1-hour mark. Do not over-bake as cake will continue to cook as it cools)
  • Remove from oven and let the cake sit in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  • Then remove from pan and place on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Slice and serve!


Cuisine: American, southern
Course: cake, Dessert
Author: Divas Can Cook
Serving: 0g, Calories: 0kcal, Carbohydrates: 0g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 0mg, Potassium: 0mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 0IU, Vitamin C: 0mg, Calcium: 0mg, Iron: 0mg
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