Mom's Sour Cream Pound Cake

My favorite "food" on the planet is popcorn.

My next favorite "food" is my mom's Sour Cream Pound Cake.

It is sinful, heavenly, buttery, denseness and if I have to repent after eating 
a slice (or 5), I allay some of my guilt by sharing it with you.

When mom comes to town, we have to make it, but she usually she tweaks it (it's her recipe)
and I think she is done doing that.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of salted butter, softened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract (or zest of one lemon)
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • Blueberry (or strawberry) sauce and whipped cream

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
In separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream to first mixture till smooth.
Add extracts.
With a pastry brush, butter inside of tube pan, then flour the inside of the pan.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Cool 5 minutes in pan, invert onto plate.
Wait 15 minutes. Eat half of it while it's warm. Sharing is optional.

These are the main ingredients I use.

Zulka is found at Wal-Mart in the Hispanic section, It is raw sugar that hasn't been bleached.
It's around $3 for a 4 pound bag.
I love the flavor of raw sugar, it is richer and I try not to eat bleach too often,
it's probably not good for us.

I also use unbleached flour. for the same reason I eat unbleached sugar.

REAL butter.
No soy butter, margarine, olive oil spread, etc...
Just two ingredients: cream and salt.

Make some coffee as if mom were with you and then eat some cake.

Mom, I remember you making this cake once when I was a young teen.
You told me, after I'd had one slice, that I wasn't to have another.

I snuck one anyway.
I took it to my room and hid it.

I found it some 6 years later in a box in my closet, when I was moving out of your home.
It was as hard as a rock, but you know what?
I still considered eating it!
(Don't worry, I didn't).
(I love crunchy things, what can I say)?

Now when I make it, I still eat the crusty end of this cake first.

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.  ~Spanish Proverb


  1. Leslie, you are e-ville. This is one of my favorite kinds of cake and now I know how to make it. I'll be billing you for the Jenny Craig meals later on when I weigh 1000 pounds!


  2. Sour cream pound cake, where have you been all my life?! ;) Looks absolutely heavenly. I need to try this one next time I host some girls for brunch. :)

  3. Great-Granny Clara would make this cake and now Granny Jane makes it for all birthdays. They have always called it a 1-2-3 cake, and they make it in 2 loaf pans.
    It is wonderful sliced thin with a scoop of ice cream.
    Nothing is better than a cake recipe that's been handed down with lots of memories.
    Enjoy your cake and your memories.

  4. I love pound cake and that looks so good. I will have to make this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. oooh, yummy but too naughty for me to bake.

  6. Yumm Not sure I could stop at 1 either : )

  7. Oh my goodness! This is so getting saved in my recipes folder! I would be heading out to the store for sour cream right now if we weren't halfway through the storm from hell up here in the Northeast.

  8. Ohhhhhh, Leslie. That cake would be lethal for me. I'd leave the little crust on the plate and eat the rest of the cake! ha! Yikes. Sounds decadent. Susan

  9. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks more than delicious. Love the proverb!

  10. There's nothing like pound cake! It's even good for breakfast! (Did I say that outloud?) It's a family favorite in our family, too, but I've never been the one to make it. Only eat it! Thanks for sharing your Mom's recipe. I may have to try this.

  11. I'm a crusty nibbler too! That's my favorite part of all. I'm not a fan of plain old pound cake. When it's sour cream pound cake, on the other hand, I have a leeeeetle control problem.

  12. "Pound Cake..Pound Cake.....Oh How I Love Thee"!!!!! Morning, Noon...Night!!! It's good allllll the time!!! This is my Mom's recipe...(except for the Zulka..never heard of it) that she is practically famous for!!!! Thanks for sharing Leslie (oh btw..... the crust is my favorite part too!!!) Terri :)

  13. An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy?? Oh, my.

    Wow, Leslie. Can I come live with you? Or maybe I shouldn't. I'd be worth an awful lot of clergymen.

  14. Haha. Weird part is - I have no memory of this cake.

  15. Leslie,

    Thank you for sharing your mother's recipe with us. This pound cake looks delicious. It's a good thing we didn't know each other back then when you were moving out. I would have convinced you to heat it in the microwave and split it with me! hehehe


  16. OH MY! That looks AMAZING!!!!!! I soooo love pound cake. I might have to give this a try. I'm totally bookmarking this for later. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Yum! Thanks for the recipe, it looks so good!

  18. Thanks for linking up this yummy pound cake! BTW, your pics look amazing :).

  19. Tweaked it...I now use 1/2 unbleached flour and 1/2 cake flour to make it less dense. Mom


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