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Southern Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe

This pound cake is velvety, buttery, rich and perfectly creamy filled with the moistness and flavor of sour cream.  This generational recipe will become a true classic in your family for years to come.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Resting time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 438kcal

Equipment

  • Stand mixer

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour sifted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Start by preheating your oven to 325 F then liberally spray a 12 cup bundt pan with non-stick baking spray.
  • In your stand mixer bowl, add butter and sugar and mix for 3-4 minutes on high speed until very pale yellow and fluffy.
  • Next add eggs, one at a time, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides of your bowl as needed.
  • Turn your mixer down to its lowest speed, and slowly add flour into batter in two increments then add salt and baking soda. Be careful not to overbeat.
  • Lastly add in sour cream and vanilla extract, scrape down sides and mix until just combined and turn off mixer.  
  • Pour cake batter into prepared bundt pan, and bake for 1 hour and 15-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes then invert cake on serving plate for at least an hour or until the cake is cool to touch.

Notes

  • Make sure your butter and ingredients are at room temperature.  This will help them to melt into each other while mixing.
  • Take your time during the mixing of the butter and sugar, also known as the creaming period. This will add a lovely lift of air and lightness to your cake and also ensure that your ingredients start off well mixed.
  • Only mix the dry ingredients into the batter until just combined.  Don’t overmix and risk additional gluten forming which will make the cake less tender.
  • If you're new to baking, get some additional baking tips to help you out!

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 73mg | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.5mg