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Southern Butter Pound Cake

Tried & True, Southern Butter Pound Cake! This pound cake is such an old-fashioned classic with a tender crumb and incredible flavor!
Course cake, Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword african american, apple butter, country, easy, eggs, flour, from-scratch, homemade, lunch recipes, pound cake, powdered sugar, southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1 cake
Author Divas Can Cook


  • 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!