Golden Pound Cake

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hrs
Cooling Time: 30 min
Yields: 12 servings


While pound cake is named after the original weight of its ingredients—a pound each of flour, butter, sugar, and eggs—most modern recipes do not follow these measurements. Traditionally baked in a loaf pan, this tender, fine-textured cake has many flavor variations, including lemon, orange, and coconut. This delectable version is scented with mace and topped with chopped nuts. For a special touch, dust the top with powdered sugar just before serving.


  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace or ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, salt and mace in medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in flour mixture alternately with evaporated milk. Pour into prepared loaf pan; sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE for 60 to 70 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Golden Pound Cake

by s. susan , , on Dec. 2009

Delicious and simple! It was even better than the ones I use to buy in the store. I think I will reduce the baking time to 50-55 minutes next time. It came out a little too dark for me.


by l. linda , Pasadena, TX on Apr. 2009

the best pound cake ever..i just love VBB..


by d. d , CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH on Apr. 2008

Loved this recipe. the cake was very moist and not as dense as some of the pound cake recipes I've tried before.

Golden pound cake

by D. Donna , BETHEL, CT on Mar. 2008

I liked this cake very much, I used a bundt pan and then drizzeled caramel sauce lightly over the looked pretty and was delicious!I'll make it again.

Good cake for a coffee/tea break

by G. G , Montreal, PQ on Nov. 2007

Very good taste, but found the cake a little dry.

Golden Pound Cake

by L. Lisa , BELLE CHASSE, LA on Sep. 2007

Loved this cake! My family loved it with ice cream.

No luck with this Pound!

by M. Maryann , JACKSONVILLE, FL on Sep. 2007

Not only did I find this recipe too expensive (mace) for a pound cake, it did not turn out well for me! After reading all the wonderful reviews, maybe it was because I beat the butter/sugar mixture for about 4 minutes (which I always do for all my baking recipes) although, I really don't think that did it. Also,I didn't like that the recipe did not tell you to begin with flour or milk and end with such either. Anyway, I'll trash this recipe and stick with my other pound cake recipes.

Golden Pound Cake

by J. Juanita , Cantonment, FL on Sep. 2007

I thought this was the best ever pound cake I have baked. Very moist. It did not last long with my grandchildren. YUMMY!!!!!!


by K. KAREN , EAST BROOKFIELD, MA on Sep. 2007

I actually made it with the low fat milk to cut out at least some of the fat and replaced the eggs with egg substitute. Came out good!

A new Golden Pound Cake Recipe

by K. Kathy , Wellington, CO on Sep. 2007

My family loves pound cake. I have used the same recipe for many years and have been looking for a new recipe that contained ingredients that I usually keep in my baking cupboard. This is it. It's easy and contains ingredients close at hand.