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Buttermilk Pound Cake

Buttermilk Pound Cake Follow Me on Pinterest This recipe for pound cake is one of the best I’ve ever had and hails from Huntsville, Texas where a great friend and cook shared it with me.  Mrs. Lanier heard that my husband loves pound cake and while we were visiting one evening, she wielded her recipe box out touting that she had received the best pound cake recipe in the world from an elderly lady she knew.  She generously gave me a copy of this famed recipe and I made if for my family shortly after.  It indeed is one of the best pound cakes.  Ever.

Buttermilk Pound Cake

Buttermilk Pound Cake


  • 1 cup Crisco shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Glaze:
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine Crisco, sugar, and eggs, adding one at a time and mix well (about a minute) after each one. Add ½ cup of buttermilk, in which the baking soda has been dissolved. Mix well. Add flour and rest of buttermilk, alternating a cup of flour with ¼ cup buttermilk, etc. until all is mixed well. Add vanilla and water. Beat mixture for at least 4 minutes….essential for good texture. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan (Angel Food Pan). Bake in preheated oven at 325 degrees for approximately 1 ½ hours. (After 45 minutes, it is advisable to rotate the pan 90 degrees to assure even baking.)
  2. Cool cake in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to a cake plate.
  3. For Glaze: Mix ingredients well. If too thick, add ½ teaspoon of buttermilk at a time until desired consistency is reached. If too thin, mix in more powdered sugar. This should be about the consistency of honey. Spoon over top of cake while still warm and allow to run down the sides.

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Jennifer Locklin is the writer of Jennifer Cooks, a vibrant food blog that features all kinds of recipes from home cooking to foods from around the world. She is passionate about cooking and food photography.


  1. Buttermilk in a pound cake – I would have never thought to do that. Great idea :)
    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos recently posted..Tried and True: Breakfast CasseroleMy Profile

  2. Kay

    I can eat half of that right now with my tea! This looks so moist. Beautiful recipe, Jennifer!
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  3. Savannah says:

    I’ve never considered buttermilk for making pound cake. What a great idea. Do you think butter could be substituted for the crisco?
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  4. Jessica

    This sounds incredible! I would like a piece for lunch! :)
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  5. Chris says:

    Love your new look and your take to more healthy delicious yummies, all from scratch!
    Your cake looks great! Love the way your describe them as being sweet, salty and with healthy ingredients too!
    Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day!

  6. Killara from easy dessert recipes

    I’ve never thought to use buttermilk in a cake. I’m looking forward to trying that.

    Thank you for sharing.
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  7. Gerry from Foodness Gracious

    Buttermilk is awesome in cakes and pastries, it kicks everything up a notch and tastes fantastic :)
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  8. Ryan Rose says:

    I love me some pound cake! This sounds delicious!

  9. Bonnie says:

    I made this this past weekend. I didnt have Crisco, but subbed equal amount of vegetable oil. My fiance said it was the best pound cake he had ever made!

  10. Pat Hopkins says:

    Just took this out of the oven, mmmm, smells so good, put some batter in cupcake pan (always do this for new recipes) they were yummy, will make this again for sure; o) Thanks

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