The Best Homemade Pound Cake & Icing Recipe (Easy Recipe)

Our family makes pound cake for every birthday we celebrate. It ios fantastic year round but looks especially pretty with fresh fruit in the summer!

Sharing our family’s favorite recipe for how to make the best homemade pound cake & vanilla icing recipe that you can eat on it’s own or freshen it up with strawberries, blueberries & raspberries on top with pictures.

Our easy recipe for pound cake is baked in a bundt pan.

Old Fashioned Pound Cake & Vanilla Icing Recipe

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PREP TIME – 10 Minutes

BAKE TIME – 1 Hour 15 Minutes

SERVING SIZE – 16 People

Growing up every birthday we would have my Nana’s pound cake & vanilla icing.  

Nana… with the help of my Grandpop made the best pound cake and vanilla icing recipe EVER.

These recipes for pound cake & vanilla icing are not for someone on a diet but are totally worth a diet day off!

It also tastes and looks fantastic with fresh fruit in the center to celebrate our nation’s birthday. 

It might even be a little healthier eaten this way, ha!

Old fashioned pound cake with fresh fruit for the 4th of July

Ingredients for the Best Pound Cake Recipe

  • 4 sticks of butter (yup, 4)
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Bundt Cake Pan

Ingredients for Nana’s Vanilla Icing Recipe

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb box of 10x powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • OPTIONAL – 1 pint fresh strawberries, raspberries & blueberries to top the cake

Step by Step Instructions for How To Make the Best Pound Cake Recipe

Our easy Pound cake recipe is for 1 pound cake baked in a bundt pan & vanilla icing on top.

Step ONE – Pre-Heat the Oven & Beat the Softened Butter

Soften the butter (usually I leave mine in the kitchen counter for a few hours)

Beat the 4 sticks of butter in an electric mixer or hand mixer.

Step TWO – Add the Sugar

Add the sugar slowly to the butter until all 2 3/4 cups of sugar are added.

Step THREE – Add the Eggs

Add the 6 eggs to your butter & sugar.

Step FOUR – Add the Remaining Dry Ingredients Along with the Milk

Add the salt, nutmeg and flour slowly to the butter mixture alternately adding milk with the flour mixture.

Step FIVE – Add the Vanilla Extract

Stir in the Vanilla extract.

Step SIX – Add the batter to your Favorite Cake Bundt Pan

Spoon the batter into a greased and floured 10 inch tube or Bundt pan.

The Best Pound Cake Recipe

Step SEVEN – Bake

Bake your pound cake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 mins.  

BAKING TIP – To ensure your pound cake is baked entirely through poke your pound cake with a butter knife or tooth pick to see if it comes out cleanly without any cake batter on it.

If it does, the cake is ready to cool. If not, stick it back in the oven for a few minutes.

Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.  

Remove cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack (at least an hour)

The Best Pound Cake Recipe

Instructions for How to Make Vanilla Icing

Before icing your pound cake, make sure it has cooled enough that the vanilla icing does not melt or run when applying it.

Step ONE – Soften your butter.

I will take my stick of butter out on the counter for an hour to ensure it softens.

Step TWO – Mix in the Remaining Ingredients

Mix all the ingredients together alternating the milk and the confectioners sugar until you get the right consistency.

I find my electric hand mixer does a great job mixing the vanilla icing.

The Best Pound Cake Recipe

Step THREE – Ice your Cake

I use a large spoon & spatula to add the vanilla icing to my cake.

Step FOUR – Add Fresh Fruit Inside Your Pound Cake

Old fashioned pound cake with fresh fruit for the 4th of July

To add color & make our cake a bit prettier & healthier, I love to add fresh fruit inside my cake.

A mix of sliced fresh strawberries, raspberries & blueberries go well with homemade pound cake.

We also love to enjoy this recipe on the 4th of July!!! 

A Perfect red, white & blue dessert.

Here is a recent picture of all almost all of the ladies in my Nana’s family (& my Nana) taken at our house last summer for my daughter’s birthday.

Nana with the help of my Grandpop made the best pound cake and icing:).

So thankful that Audrey has these amazing women in her life and for dessert I am pretty sure we had my Nana’s homemade pound cake!

I hope this inspires you to give our family’s favorite pound cake & vanilla icing recipe with fresh fruit a try!

by Tara Lehman

Yield: 16 Servings

The Best Homemade Pound Cake & Icing Recipe (Easy Recipe)

Our family makes pound cake for every birthday we celebrate. It ios fantastic year round but looks especially pretty with fresh fruit in the summer!

Sharing our family’s favorite recipe for how to make the best homemade pound cake & vanilla icing recipe that you can eat on it’s own or freshen it up with strawberries, blueberries & raspberries on top.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 sticks of butter
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb box of 10x powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • OPTIONAL – 1 pint fresh strawberries, raspberries & blueberries to top the cake

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees & soften & beat the 4 sticks of butter.
  2. Add the granulated sugar to your butter.
  3. Add 6 eggs.
  4. Add the salt, nutmeg and flour slowly to the butter mixture alternately adding milk with the flour mixture.
  5. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  6. Add the pound cake batter to your favorite greased Bundt pan & bake for 1 hour & 15 minutes.
  7. Cool your Pound cake for at least 15 minutes before removing from cake pan.
  8. Make the Vanilla Icing using a hand mixer to combine all the ingredients alternating between the milk & confectioners sugar.
  9. Once the cake is completely cooled (at least an hour) ice the pound cake.
  10. Add sliced fresh strawberries, blueberries & raspberries to the center of the pound cake.

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! That looks AMAZING! You are a woman of many talents!
    Thank you so much for sharing with me each week! I’m pinning this!
    Karen

  2. This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to make it. Do you use salted or unsalted butter? Thank you!!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my pound cake recipe Kristina! I use salted butter typically since it’s what I usually have at home.

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