Prep Time
15 Mins
Other Time
2 Hours 40 Mins
Makes 10 to 12 servings

You'll need a heavy-duty stand mixer with a 4-qt. bowl and paddle attachment for this recipe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Layer Ingredients and Mix. Preheat oven to 325°. Place flour, sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla (in that order) in 4-qt. bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer. Beat at low speed 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes.

Step 2

Pour and Bake. Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch (16-cup) tube pan, and smooth. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

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Ratings & Reviews

July 08, 2015
Do you mean1) 1 cup butter + 1 cup coconut oil + 3/4 cup almond milk?or2) 1 cup buter + 1 cup coconut oil OR 3.4 cup almond milk?rather confusing.

momosmama123's Review

July 10, 2012
Really, the best pound cake recipe!! Some small tips - you must NOT make the butter too soft - your fingers shouldn't easily sink in when you 'squeeze' it. Then you would want to cream it in the mixer before you put other ingredients in. Secondly, you should always sift the flour!! These two 'extra' steps will make all the difference. The result is the rich yet light, silky and fluffy masterpiece with no effort what-so-ever. I am sure this is a very good basic recipe that you can manipulate by adding nuts/fruits or giving chocolate swirls. I will be making this the rest of my life.

December 19, 2015
I think the key to this recipe is exactly that, you avoid the step of creaming the butter and sugar - It reduces the number of steps (see title of recipe) - Certainly, the best recipes will always cream the butter and sugar to create the best textures, but for home cooks who are intimidated by basic baking knowledge, this recipe is a good work around that yields consistent results with less fuss. 

Buzzy46's Review

May 25, 2010
This is the best pound cake recipe I've made. I added 1 tsp. each of salt & baking powder. I also used an electric hand mixer, not a stand mixer and I had no problem with this thick batter. I liked this better than Ina's pound cake & I'm a big fan of her recipes.

progers12's Review

February 10, 2011
I use this recipe all the time because it is simple, delicious and you can vary it once you master the basic steps, I have made it sour cream, lemon and cream cheese and it comes out perfect each time. Thanks Southern Living before this recipe I was pound cake challenged.

Mamascakepan's Review

November 08, 2013
Easy breezy to put together. I used 1 cup butter and 1 cup coconut oil also used 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk. One tablespoon vanilla. I am putting this up against seasoned pound cake experts. My sisters.

mythree3boys's Review

September 08, 2010
All i can say is WOW! Super easy and fabulous! I have made this cake several times and it has always turned out great. My boys beg for more and my best friend who "doesn't like pound cake" said it was incredible. Thanks SL!!

garnercakelady1's Review

January 29, 2011
Wonderful and easy. This is a cake to make when you dont have much time. I wasn't feeling well and needed a cake for our church dinner the next day. Baked at 3am and it was absolutely beautiful. Everyone loved it. I added 1teaspoon of almond flavoring. Its in my recipe box to stay!

pinehaven's Review

April 05, 2013

Nicolette78's Review

May 07, 2010
I am not a baker. I make cake mixes taste bad. I am now being asked to make this cake for our Mother's Day Gathering. So easy! It does need some kind of glaze or topping though. I topped mine with fresh strawberries that I macerated with sugar. Delicious!