Grandma’s Signature Pound Cakes To Save Forever And Ever

February 25, 2024

It would be impossible to count the number of spectacular, our Southern grandmothers have baked over the years. There’s her famous which made an appearance every Mother’s Day; her cherished that wowed on Easter Sunday; and the classic that took the Christmas Eve spotlight…and those were just some of our family’s special celebrations. When it came to everyday occasions, Grandma always knew the best way to delight her family, friends, and neighbors was with her treasured pound cakes. Sounds simple but her recipe box was filled with flavorful ways to make this recipe, from triple chocolate to pumpkin to caramel. Here are 12 of Grandma’s signature pound cake recipes that are worth saving, baking, and passing on for generations.

Will Dickey

If there is one recipe to save forever, this is the one. These days everyone is claiming their recipe is worth a million dollars (we’ve ), but this is the original pound cake that started the trend a long time ago.

Alison Miksch

Part of the pound cake charm is its simplicity – but we say: break out the chocolate. This decadent triple chocolate buttermilk recipe is worth every sweet slice.

Jen Causey

How about a little tropical twist in that next baking project? Fresh Key limes take your buttery cake to zesty new heights.

Greg Dupree; Food Stylist: Ana Kelly; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

What happens when the dreamiest caramel frosting joins a moist and tender pound cake? A five-star worthy recipe that is perfect for serving on any occasion. It’s totally acceptable to make and enjoy this recipe just for yourself too.

Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Ana Kelly Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

As if Grandmother’s pound cake needed any improvements. Enter cream cheese to the ingredient list and you will bake an extra creamy, slightly tart treat.

Hector Sanchez

Hello, Sunshine! Inspired by a retro ’70s cake, this recipe is very simple to make and will look impressive on the Church potluck table.

Antonis Achilleos

We only wish that everyone feels the same as this reviewer: “Excellent pound cake! Made the recipe as written in a 12 cup Bundt pan and it has to be the best pound cake over ever made!!” Try it for yourself and let us know your thoughts.

Fred Hardy II; Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf; Prop Stylist: Julia Bayliss

Isn’t she lovely? Cut into this beauty, and you’ll find the prettiest-can-be strawberry swirl that takes a plain pound cake to new flavorful heights.

Alison Miksch

“Make it mini!” When readers love a recipe so much, the pros in the Southern Living Test Kitchen do what they can to add even more delight. Here. we turned our famous chocolate pound cake into miniatures for serving for breakfast, afternoon snacks, or celebratory desserts.

Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey

There is always a reason to turn a favorite recipe into a seasonal star. Our Pumpkin Pound cake is the prime example. We wanted to delight all of the pumpkin fans with a pound cake that will have their tastebuds singing.

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

A slice of heaven. This apple butter pound cake is finished off with a caramel frosting drizzle that makes every bite incredibly delicious.

Morgan Hunt Glaze; Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf; Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless

Prepare your stand mixer because we’re baking a real crowd-pleaser. This recipe comes together in no time (it’s true, only two steps), and will make a cake that’s great for breakfast, dessert, or anytime snacking.

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