Sour Cream Pound Cake

A traditional pound cake at its best. Moist, tender, and dense inside with a crispy, crunchy crust.

Sour cream pound cake with a slice on a white plate.

My mom’s sour cream pound cake recipe has been a favorite in our family for as long as I can remember. I have always called it my mother’s pound cake but I think she acquired the recipe from someone’s aunt.

This is the only pound cake I have ever baked, it’s my daughter’s favorite cake so it’s requested often. There is usually an argument over who has the last piece.

Sour Cream Pound Cake on a black plate.

Ingredients Needed

  • Unsalted butter, eggs, granulated sugar, and sour cream – These ingredients give this pound cake its rich, decadent texture and flavor.
  • All-purpose, baking soda, and salt.
  • Vanilla extract, lemon extract, and almond extract – We use vanilla and almond but feel free to omit or adjust the amounts used in this sour cream pound cake recipe.


  • Room temperature ingredients incorporate much better than cold ingredients. Remove the eggs, butter, and sour cream from the refrigerator for at least one hour before mixing the cake.
  • Cream the butter and sugar for at least 3 minutes.
  • Do not overbake. Check at 1 hour and 15 minutes. If a toothpick placed in the center of the cake comes out clean, it’s done.

How to Make Sour Cream Pound Cake

Butter and sugar creamed together in a mixing bowl.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Grease and flour a tube pan or bundt pan. It helps release easier if you refrigerate the prepared pan while you mix the cake batter.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar (yes, 3 cups of sugar) together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Usually 3-5 minutes.

Cake batter in mixing bowl.

Add eggs one at a time, incorporating between each addition. Add dry ingredients alternating with the sour cream. Ending with the sour cream.

It’s best if the eggs and sour cream are room temperature, but I have made it with them straight out of the fridge.

Cake batter in a tube pan.

Beat well, add vanilla extract and almond extract and pour into the prepared pan.

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Check at 1 hour and 15 minutes.)

Baked Sour Cream Pound Cake in the tube pan.

Place the cake to cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes (or until easy to handle). Turn out onto the rack to cool completely.

Sour Cream Pound Cake on a black plate.

Serve and enjoy this traditional pound cake alone or top with whipped cream and strawberries.


Storing and Freezing

This cake is stored perfectly for up to 5 days in an air-tight container at room temperature.
To freeze the pound cake, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place it in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.

More Delicious Pound Cake Recipes

Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe

Moist, tender inside with a crispy crunchy crust. A classic at it's best!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic pound cake, pound cake, sour cream
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 388kcal
Author: Leigh Harris


  • 3 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 6 large Eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 pt Sour Cream (8oz) room temperature
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Extract optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract optional


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a tube pan with butter and flour. (or baking spray)
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    3 cups All-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp Baking Soda, 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • Cream the butter and sugar together for 3 to 4 minutes until it's pale yellow and fluffy.
    1 cup Unsalted butter, 3 cups Sugar
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl often.
    6 large Eggs
  • Add the dry ingredients in thirds alternating with the sour cream.  Ending with the sour cream.
    1/2 pt Sour Cream
  • Mix just until incorporated, add the vanilla, and mix again. Pour the cake batter evenly into the prepared pan.
    2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Bake for 1 hour and 15-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes and then invert the cake onto a plate and cool completely.


Use room temperature ingredients for much better mixing.
Ensure the butter and sugar are creamed to a light pale yellow and are fluffy in texture.
Beat well after each addition of the eggs and be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl often.
Storing and Freezing – Store the completely cooled cake in an airtight container and room temperature for up to 4-5 days. To freeze wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze it for up to 3 months.


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 548IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. just made the sour cream pound cake….looks awesome…so easy just have to remember to have all ingredients at room temperature… serving it with fruit
    ambrosia and fresh whipped cream.

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  3. I am gluten free, and I miss my pound cake. I’m wondering if I can use gluten free baking mix in place of flour, I’m going to pin it so I can try it, and I’ll be fighting for the last piece if it works!!!

  4. I have never made a pound cake before, but this sounds soooo good. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Oh yum! I have been looking for a good pound cake recipe, I will have to give this a try. Visiting from Archives Friday.

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