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Sour Cream Pound Cake

4.75 from 63 votes
With sour cream as a secret ingredient, my Sour Cream Pound Cake recipe comes out moist and tender, every time.

Hi Bold Bakers!

I love this sour cream pound cake recipe! If you’ve never tried baking with sour cream before, this is the perfect recipe to convert you to a sour cream believer! 

My homemade Sour Cream Pound Cake is the perfect amount of sweetness and so satisfyingly dense! The sour cream is great to use instead of milk in recipes like this because its creamy texture makes sure you always get an incredibly moist cake! I also love the flavor the sour cream gives this pound cake. There are lovely subtle notes of vanilla and almond, and it mixes so well with the slight tang of the sour cream. It’s the perfect everyday cake! 

[ And if you’re looking for a festive pound cake, try my Vanilla Pound Cake recipe! ]

A note on this one! This is a very large pound cake! It can feed up to 16 people, which is why it calls for so much sugar, flour, eggs, etc. You can divide the recipe by half and bake it for less time. You can also bake this cake in two 9″ x5″ loaf pans instead of a bundt pan, so be sure to check out my tips below!

What Is Sour Cream Pound Cake?

Sour cream pound cake is a pound cake that is guaranteed to be perfectly moist every time you bake it because of the key ingredient — sour cream! It’s a wonderfully vanilla-y, slightly almond-y, dense cake that goes great with a hot cup of coffee. 

Top-down view of my Sour Cream Pound Cake.

What You Need To Make Sour Cream Pound Cake

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 12-cup bundt pan (or two 9″ x5″ loaf pans — see notes below)
  • Electric mixer
  • Mixing bowls

How To Make Sour Cream Pound Cake

This is a great recipe to have in your back pocket to please a big crowd or to just enjoy with your morning coffee! Here is how you make sour cream pound cake (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Prepare a large 12-cup bundt pan with butter and flour and set aside. 
  2. Using an electric mixer, blend the butter and sugar on medium speed for 5 minutes until it is pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla, almond, and lemon extracts, then the eggs, one at a time, until blended. Stir in the sour cream
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and gradually add it to the wet ingredients until it is thoroughly combined. Be sure not to over mix. 
  5. Pour the pound cake batter into the prepared pan and firmly tap the pan on the counter to remove air bubbles.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven on the center rack for about 65-75 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. It’s a big cake, so it will take some time! 
  7. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then invert it onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
  8. Just before serving, dust the cake with powdered sugar.

A slice of sour cream pound cake to show texture and consistency.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Sour Cream Pound Cake

  • Be sure to butter and flour your pan very well to prevent the bundt cake from sticking. 
  • For the best rise, make sure you allow all your ingredients to come to room temperature. 
  • No sour cream? Try making this cake with Homemade Sour Cream!
  • I use a combination of vanilla, almond, and lemon extracts because these flavors together mix wonderfully with the sour cream to create the best flavor – but you can just use all vanilla extract if that is what you have on hand. It will still be delicious!
  • I like to serve this with powdered sugar and a side of homemade whipped cream and fresh berries, but you can also make a simple glaze to drizzle on top: mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 4-6 teaspoons of water, or until your desired thickness is reached, and then drizzle over the cooled cake.
  • If you want lemon flavor but don’t have lemon extract, you can zest 1 lemon instead!
  • This makes a large cake, but it freezes very well. You can slice this into individual portions before you freeze it so you can easily defrost only what you want to eat.
  • This batter can be divided into two 9″ x5″ loaf pans and baked for roughly 45-60 minutes.
  • If your pound cake is browning too much, cover it with foil for the remainder of the cooking time.

How Do I Store Sour Cream Pound Cake?

Leftover sour cream pound cake can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you’d like to keep it fresh longer, it can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.

  A plate with a slice of pound cake on it, along with some whipped cream.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe

4.75 from 63 votes
With sour cream as a secret ingredient, my Sour Cream Pound Cake recipe comes out moist and tender, every time.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 16 people
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
With sour cream as a secret ingredient, my Sour Cream Pound Cake recipe comes out moist and tender, every time.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 16 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups (24oz/675g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract*
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sour cream room temperature
  • 3 cups (15oz/426g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) and butter and flour a large 12-cup bundt pan. Set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, blend the butter and sugar on medium speed for 5 minutes, until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla, almond, and lemon extracts, then the eggs, one at a time, until blended. Then stir in the sour cream.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, and then gradually add to the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined but taking care not to over mix.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and then firmly tap the pan onto the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  • Bake on a center rack for 65-75 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. This is a very big cake so it does take some time.
  • Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Just before serving, dust with powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze for up to two months.

Recipe Notes

Lemon Extract: If you don’t have lemon extract you can zest 1 lemon. 

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momo
momo
16 days ago

Hi,Gemma. I’m a huge fan of your wonderful recipes. I already made this cake 3 times after the recipe came out lol I am Japanese and live in japan so usually it is not easy to find sweets like you make at stores but I can make them by myself because of your perfect recipes!! I am really inspired by you and thanks so much for great recipes .
By the way, my favorite one is your oatmeal cookies!!
Have a nice day and waiting for your new recipes ❤️ (my English is probably awful , sorry )

Shalini Gulati
Shalini Gulati
17 days ago

What can I use as an egg replacement in this recipe. Since we have bird flu here in India and we are not consuming eggs anymore. Thank you

JENNI ESTRELLA
JENNI ESTRELLA
4 days ago

3 cups of sugar is a lot of sugar. if I use coco sugar can I use less sugar?

Deborah ABDUL
Deborah ABDUL
10 days ago

Is the butter salted or unsalted?

Faustina
11 days ago

Hi Gemma,
Absolutley delicious! I made this pound cake and my family told me it was the best pound cake they’d ever had. But, both times I have made it the cake was looking great and then when it is almost done the middle sunk down a lot. Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you!

Cindy
Cindy
11 days ago

Hi Gemma, thank you so much for this recipe!
Just a quick question, what can I use to substitute sour cream? Is sour cream optional?
Please reply as soon as possible.
Thank you!

Rebecca
Rebecca
12 days ago

Substitute soften cream cheese for sour cream. excellent

Elsebeth
12 days ago

The sconces are very good

Anse Peckham
13 days ago

My husband loves the Pound Cake. Moist, soft and no frosting only the powder sugar….delicious!!

Aditi
Aditi
13 days ago

hi Gemma,
when u say zest 1 lemon does that mean we hv to zest the entire lemon and then use it?
and if yes then wont it make the cake awfully bitter?

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