February 9, 2022

Million Dollar Pound Cake

In my opinion pound cake is highly underrated. It is easy to make and very adaptable. This perfect pound cake recipe has a rich buttery flavor and a dense texture that can be served any time of the day. It also accompanies almost any topping you can imagine. Don’t overlook this superb classic!

Recipe Source: Family recipe, original source unknown.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

Don’t overlook this rich buttery cake that can be served any time of the day. Delicious plain or serve with toppings.


Anne Voss

  • 3 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 10 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar (620g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease two loaf pans with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Set aside. 
  3. Beat butter in a mixing bowl for ~2 minutes. 
  4. Gradually add in sugar and salt. Beat butter and sugar mixture for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy. 
  5. Dribble in egg mixture, about 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in between. Scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically.  
  6. Add ~1 cup of flour at a time to the batter and mix until just combined. 
  7. Pour or spoon batter equally into two loaf pans.  
  8. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  
  9. Let cakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and place onto a cooling rack to cool completely.  

Makes two loaves of cake; approximately 20 slices

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Recipe Notes

Below you will find tips and tricks to help achieve the best results possible!

This recipe for old fashioned pound cake is a classic. Rumor has it that thename Million Dollar Pound Cake comes from a recipe made withone pound of each ingredient. Therefore, it was an expensive cake to bake!

Overhead view of loaf of pound cake that has been sliced


Basic ingredients are needed for this recipe (eggs, butter, flour, sugar).

For best results use room temperature ingredients.

Supplies Needed

Mixing bowl or stand mixer

Two loaf pans

Half eaten slice of pound cake topped with lemon curd and raspberries

Tips and Tricks

This recipe can also be prepared in a Bundt pan or tube pan, however baking time may vary.


Almond extract can be omitted. Increase vanilla extract to 1 1/2 teaspoons.

Change up the flavor by using different extracts such as rum, coconut, or lemon.

Add 2 teaspoons citrus zest for flavor. I like to add one teaspoon lemon zest and one teaspoon orange zest.

Sprinkle chocolate chips or nuts into the cake batter.  Mini chocolate chips are my top choice.

Pound cake is tasty all on its own but is also great with toppings. The possibilities are endless! Top with berries and whipped cream, fruit compote, lemon curd (my favorite!), or ice cream and chocolate sauce.

How to Store Million Dollar Pound Cake?

Pound cake can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap. It can also be stored in the refrigerator, but allow to come to room temperature or warm before serving.

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