Buttermilk Pound Cake with Custard Sauce

Buttermilk Pound Cake with CustardRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
We sampled this traditional pairing several different ways and loved them all, but our favorite was warm cake with chilled custard.


Makes 12 servings
Total time: 2 Hours, 45 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Total: 2 Hours, 45 Minutes


1 1/3 cups butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

2. Add flour to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch (12-cup) tube pan.

3. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour). Serve with Buttermilk Custard Sauce as desired.