Buttermilk Pound Cake | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Buttermilk Pound Cake

This delightful vanilla flavored Buttermilk Pound Cake is tender, moist and flavorful.  So much better than the traditional heavy pound cake thanks to the addition of a little baking powder and buttermilk! 

Buttermilk Pound Cake | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - easy recipe for a made from scratch vanilla buttermilk pound cake perfect for dessert or snacks #SundaySupper

I'm so excited because this week, we welcome my favorite season, summer! This week's Sunday Supper event is all about the nostalgic recipes of summer. Those recipes that bring you back to the simpler, carefree summer days of your childhood.  I can't say exactly why this pound cake brings me back to those days, but it does. It's simply delicious! 

Traditionally, pound cakes tend to be heavy, but this version is moist, tender and flavorful. It has a texture more like that of the commercially prepared pound cakes, which for me, is makes this cake more desirable than it's old-fashion counterpart. 

Buttermilk Pound Cake | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - easy recipe for a made from scratch vanilla buttermilk pound cake perfect for dessert or snacks #SundaySupper

The secret to preparing this cake is in the time spent creaming the butter and sugar together. You must be patient and give it the time it needs to incorporate the amount of air it requires to have that perfect crumb. I used my stand mixer with the paddle attachment to make easy work of that part of the recipe.  

After the butter and sugar are totally combined and very fluffy, the rest is just mixing in until combined.  Don't overwork the flour, as that can cause cakes to become tough. 

I definitely suggest using a good butter flavored extract to enhance the butter flavor of the cake. If you can't find it, you can omit it, but we really enjoyed that extra punch of flavor. Click here to see the product I used in this cake. 

Buttermilk Pound Cake | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - easy recipe for a made from scratch vanilla buttermilk pound cake perfect for dessert or snacks #SundaySupper

This cake is good enough to be eat plain.  No frosting or powered sugar needed.  It's great served alongside some of the wonderful summer fruit so you can say, welcome summer too!

Buttermilk Pound Cake

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Published 06/19/2016
Buttermilk Pound Cake
Not the heavy traditional pound cake, but a lighter buttery vanilla version that goes well with fresh summer fruit.


  • 2 cup all purpose flour (240 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 TBS pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. butter-flavored extract (optional)


  1. Preheat oven 325 degrees F. Spray a non-stick bundt pan (10 cup) with cooking spray with flour (such as Baker's Joy).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt with a whisk, Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer 3 - 5 minutes, or until it turns light yellow and becomes fluffy. Add in the granulated sugar and beat an additional 5 minutes until very light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated after each addition. Add in vanilla extract and butter-flavored extract (if using) and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Alternately mix in flour mixture and buttermilk, starting with flour and ending with buttermilk until just combined.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out top.
  6. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, or until golden brown and cake tester inserted into center comes out cleanly. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto cake pan and cool completely before serving.
Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 01 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 10 mins.
Tags: cake, dessert, vanilla, butter, pound cake, recipe, baking

Adapted from Allrecipes

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  1. This looks so delicious. One of my favourite things is plain, tear it with your fingers cake. No frosting or cream at all. Just cake. Your pics are gorgeous.

  2. What a fabulous summer dessert! I love pound cake---and it's SO lovely with berries!

  3. Gah! This pound cake is GORGEOUS! Looks so moist and the perfect summer dessert!

  4. That is one fabulous Bundt cake, Renee! Buttermilk makes the best baked goods, doesn't it?!

  5. Can you believe I've never made pound cake?? i've got to change that! Plus I love that you made it in a Bundt pan.

  6. This cake is beautiful, Renee! I love how versatile pound cake can be as a dessert!

  7. Renee can you tell me what does butter-flavored extract look like and do you get it the same place as the vanilla extract? I never heard of it and would love to use it in this lovely cake.
    Thanks Elbie Fourie

    1. Hi! I purchased mine at Walmart. The company JR Watkins makes a imitation butter flavored extract. That is what I used. You can also just use the vanilla, if you can't find it.

    2. I also added a link in the text in the post above to the extract for you!

  8. I'll have to give this a try! I love pound cake and berries, but it does get a little too dense sometimes. An airier version sounds perfect!

  9. Simply gorgeous! I just want to dig into my screen and grab that slice off the plate!

  10. Good reminder, Renee, to take time to cream the butter and sugar. Buttermilk does always seems to produce a delightful crumb =) P.s. Perfect photos!

  11. YummyĄ Simple but delicious pound cake!


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