pound cake

This basic pound cake is heaven!  This was Pawpaw Waldrop’s favorite – so Nanny always had one on hand.  I do not ever remember going to their home and not having this cake on hand!  I loved it best when it was at least 2 days old.  By that time the flavors had melded together and the crispy, sugary top of the cake was divine!

Over the years, I have used this basic pound cake recipe as the foundation for several variations!


  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ teaspon. soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 egg whites
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg yolks one at a time.

Dissolve soda in sour cream.

Add alternately with flour to butter mixture.

Add vanilla.

Beat egg whites until stiff.  Fold into mixture.

Pour into greased and floured tub pan.  Bake 2 hours.