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Pound Cake Loaf for #HelpingHands #SundaySupper

Pound Cake Loaf | Magnolia Days

There are times when people are in need. Sickness, death, employment loss, or other tragic circumstances cause hardships. Mother Nature can bring mass devastation that impacts so many. Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast hard. Homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.  It will take a long time to recover and repair from the storm.

The Sunday Supper team wants to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Each of us is sharing a recipe for something to make for those in need. I have baked a pound cake loaf for many occasions, including ones for friends and family going through difficult times. It does not take a long time to bake and it is easily transportable. All you have to do is wrap it in foil or plastic wrap. It can be sliced and eaten without utensils.

The pound cake loaf is different than traditional pound cake. It has a lighter and softer texture. It also has a crispy top. Be careful when you take it out of the pan. I suggest placing a paper towel or tea towel on top before you turn it upside down to get it out of the pan. The top will crack a little. It will settle and all will be good once it cools. Honestly, I could eat that crunchy top all by itself. Oh, and follow the instructions to beat it for 5 minutes. And be sure to use cake flour. The flour and mixing time is what gives it the light and soft texture.

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  • Turkey and Vegetable Pasta Bake from Gotta Get Baked
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  • Spaghetti Pizza Bake from Small Wallet Big Appetite
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Would you like to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy? Here are links to two organizations the Sunday Supper team supports and recommends:

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Pound Cake Loaf

A recipe for a simple pound cake baked in a loaf pan. It is lighter in texture than regular pound cakes and has a crispy top.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Renee


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9- X 5- X 3-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar on high speed of an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Add milk and beat for 5 minutes at medium speed of an electric hand mixer. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for a simple pound cake baked in a loaf pan. It is lighter in texture than regular pound cakes and has a crispy top.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living 1985 Annual Recipes cookbook.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Recipe Rating

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

Thursday 29th of November 2012

Renee, LOVE this! This pound cake looks absolutely perfect! so beautiful! :)

Laura Hunter | Small Wallet Big Appetite

Thursday 29th of November 2012

There is something very comforting about a pound loaf but I think you just make this even better with a crunchy top. Yum yum. I could join you and only eat that part. :)

Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Tuesday 27th of November 2012

I love crunchy tops and corners and edges on baked goods! This looks so delicious!


Wednesday 28th of November 2012

I have been known to only eat the tops and edges. They really are the best part.


Tuesday 27th of November 2012

Your cake looks so perfect! I can never make mine like that. What a wonderful ending to a Sunday Supper


Monday 26th of November 2012

This is one of my favorite desserts...I love it topped with fresh berries and their juices! Perfect food gift, too...who wouldn't be thrilled receiving this?

PS...welcome home!


Tuesday 27th of November 2012

Thanks Liz! It is good to be home but still missing the fun of the trip.