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Absolutely Perfect Sour Cream Pound Cake

I spent months testing cake batter mixing methods and ingredients to achieve Pound Cake Perfection. This Sour Cream Pound Cake is a variation of my favorite all-butter cake.

two slices of Sour Cream Pound Cake on a plate

Perfect Sour Cream Pound Cake

If you’ve read through my “Cake Batter Course” you know that it took lots of work and testing to come up with a really great pound cake recipe. If you’re interested, over 7 classes (blog posts) you can learn all about the ingredients and mixing methods for cake batter. It’s pretty detailed stuff, but what you learn about baking can be applied to all your recipes, not just cake batter. And it’s free here on Baking Sense.

How I adapted my classic pound cake recipe to make Sour Cream Pound Cake:

Anyway, for this pound cake I used sour cream in place of whole milk as the liquid in the batter. Since sour cream is acidic it adds a nice flavor to the cake and the acidity tenderizes the cake crumb.

If you have read through the “Cake Batter Course” (first of all THANKS) you might notice that even though I’ve added an acidic ingredient to the recipe, I haven’t used any baking soda. I purposely did this because I didn’t want to neutralize the acidity of the sour cream. I wanted a little edge to the flavor.

This really is a melt-in-your-mouth cake. It’s also a super easy recipe to make. I use my favorite reverse creaming method and it’s mixed in one bowl.

slices of Sour Cream Pound Cake on a plate and wooden cutting board

This cake bakes up nicely in the traditional loaf shape or you can bake it in a Bundt pan for a pretty presentation. I think you only need a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a pretty finish. But is would also be delicious with fresh berries and cream for a more indulgent dessert.

If you like this recipe as much as I do, please consider giving it a 5-star review.

An overhead view of two slices of pound cake on a white plate and a slice cake on a wooden cake stand.

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

I spent months testing cake batter mixing methods and ingredients to achieve Pound Cake Perfection. This Sour Cream Pound Cake is a variation of my favorite all-butter cake.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs plus 4 yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 120 ml) sour cream, divided
  • 1 ¾ cups (8 oz, 225 g) cake flour
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 oz, 285 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks (8 oz , 225 g) unsalted butter, room temp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9"x5" loaf pan or 12 cup Bundt pan.
  2. Combine the eggs, yolks, vanilla and half of the sour cream in a small bowl, whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar to the flour and mix at low speed for 30 seconds. Add the butter to the flour and mix until combined. Add the remaining sour cream and increase the speed to medium high. Mix for a full 2-3 minutes. The batter will lighten in color and texture. If using a hand mixer add another minute to the mixing time.
  4. Scrape the bowl and beater thoroughly. On low speed, add the egg mixture in 3 increments, scraping the bowl after each addition. Mix just until the eggs are incorporated.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (about 55 minutes).

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Roz

Monday 10th of August 2020

Best pound cake ever5 stars

Eileen Gray

Saturday 15th of August 2020

Thanks!

Leslie

Sunday 14th of June 2020

Hi Eileen,

I wished I had stumbled upon your excellent site years ago! It would have saved me a lot of failed experiments! Thanks so much for being so generous to share!

I would like to ask 3 questions:

1. If I want to add 50g of fine almond flour to the recipe, do I remove 50g of the cake flour or just add on top of it?

2. If I want to add 50g full cream milk powder, what adjustments do I need to do?

3. As per the reverse creaming method, I have already read through your 7 steps (which is awesome) but I am still wondering what the end point should be before adding the liquid? There aren't many videos online. This one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH5H9JbV7DU&t=10s shows that the butter and the flour is only just combined before the liquid is added. From your description, it is quite different. Are we aiming for a buttercream type consistency before the liquid is added?

Eileen Gray

Sunday 14th of June 2020

1. I would substitute the almond flour 1:1 for the cake flour. 2. Sorry, I don't know what full cream milk powder is. 3. I generally add the liquid when the butter is partially incorporated.

Rachel Chan

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Hi, I would like to try this recipe. But before I do so. I'm wondering how would this cake taste like? I'd never try sour cream cake before I'm not so sure what to expect. And the amount of eggs would the eggs and amount of sugar would the cake be tii dense and sweet? I personally like a moist, and fluffy yet abit dense cake. Should I whipped the egg white instead? Should I whipped it with sugar or just purely the whites will do?

Darlene

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Hello I just tried the recipe but did find in the egg whites at the end. It seems to make it fluffier and light.

Eileen Gray

Sunday 19th of January 2020

Sorry, I'm not sure what you're saying. Are you saying you folded in the egg whites? Did you whip them? That would make the cake fluffier and lighter. Personally, I like a pound cake to be more dense (in a good way) than a layer cake. But do the recipe however you like best!

Anu

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

Clarification to my question, sorry I wasn't clear - When we bake in a 9x9, do we have to drop temperature to 325 and check doneness 10 mins prior?

Thanks!

Eileen Gray

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

If you bake in a 9x9 pan the cake will be more shallow. So, yes, I would check it much earlier. Maybe 15-20 minutes earlier. I don't think you need to change the oven temp.