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Brown-Sugar Pound Cake with Vanilla Glaze

Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 1 hr, 25 mins
Yield Serves 12


  • Cake:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 sticks (3/4 lb.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 pound light brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 571
  • fat 25 g
  • satfat 8 g
  • protein 7 g
  • carbohydrate 81 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 114 mg
  • sodium 240 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan or Bundt pan.

  2. Make cake: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low; alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, starting and ending with flour.

  3. In a dry bowl, beat egg whites on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating until whites form stiff peaks. Fold 1/3 of egg whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Transfer batter to pan.

  4. Bake 75 to 85 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake stand in pan 10 minutes, invert onto wire rack; let cool.

  5. Make glaze: Mix sugar, milk and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Spoon glaze atop cake.