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Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries

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This Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries is a perfect dessert for any occasion! It’s moist, flavorful, and just the right amount of sweet. Topped with strawberries and whipped cream, it’s a truly Southern treat. The cake is entirely made from scratch and it has become a family favorite in our home.

Slice of pound cake on a white plate topped with strawberries and whipped cream.
Lulu’s Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries

While I would love to claim this recipe as my own, it really comes from Lucy Buffet, sister of Jimmy Buffet. Made with simple ingredients, it is perfect for serving to company, taking to church potlucks, bringing to work, or just baking it because it’s so delicious.

Let’s see how to make this vanilla pound cake from scratch.

Ingredients

For this classic cake, you need the following ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sliced fresh strawberries
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Large eggs
  • Whole milk
  • Vanilla extract (or use almond or any other flavored extract)

Fresh Whipped Cream

  • Heavy cream
  • Vanilla extract or flavored liqueur
  • Sugar

How To Make a Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries

To make the cake, start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan (a tube pan is preferred, but if you use a Bundt cake pan instead, you’ll need to make sure to leave 1 inch of space at the top of the pan, so you may end up with a small amount of leftover batter). [I like to use Baker’s Joy for this step.]

Woman adding sugar to sliced strawberries.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the sugar over the sliced strawberries. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve the cake.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

butter and sugar in a mixer

Add the remaining 3 cups sugar, ½ cup at a time, and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Reduce the mixer to low speed and alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk, starting and finishing with the flour mixture. Add the vanilla and mix to incorporate.

pound cake batter

I recommend that you use a rubber spatula so that you can easily scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure the batter is properly mixed.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan.

Baking Time

Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the cake out onto the rack to cool completely.

Slice of pound cake being removed from a baked pound cake.

Serve each piece of pound cake with a spoonful of chilled strawberries and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

slice of pound cake

How To Store Pound Cake

Store pound cake at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped with plastic wrap. (You want to minimize its exposure to air.)

Tips & Tricks

  • If the cake starts to brown and is still “jiggly” inside, cover the cake with aluminum foil and continue baking.
  • Use room-temperature butter and eggs for best results.
  • You can use either the whisk or paddle attachment to make the batter.
  • While fresh strawberries are the perfect complement to this homemade pound cake, any type of fresh fruit or fresh berries should work well, like blueberries, peaches, etc.
Slice of pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

Why is it called a pound cake?

Pound cakes have been around for over 200 years. Earlier versions were made with a pound of butter, a pound of flour, a pound of sugar, and a pound of eggs.

How do you store pound cake?

Store cooled pound cake in an airtight container. For long-term storage, cut the cake into slices, wrap each slice in plastic wrap, and store it in a zip-top freezer bag.

slice of pound cake

Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries

It only takes one bite to see why this is a classic dessert!
4.67 from 21 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 477kcal

Equipment

  • 10-inch tube pan or Bundt pan

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for the pan
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups Unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for the pan
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract or use almond or any other flavored extract
  • Fresh whipped cream recipe follows, for garnish

Fresh Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or flavored liqueur
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan (a tube pan is preferred, but if you use a Bundt pan instead, you’ll need to make sure to leave 1 inch of space at the top of the pan, so you may end up with a small amount of leftover batter).
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the sugar over the sliced strawberries. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve the cake.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the remaining 3 cups sugar, ½ cup at a time, and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk, starting and finishing with the flour mixture. Add the vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minute, then turn the cake out onto the rack to cool completely. Serve each piece with a spoonful of the chilled strawberries and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Fresh Whipped Cream

  • Place a medium metal bowl in the freezer to chill.
  • When ready to prepare the whipped cream, place the cream and vanilla in the chilled bowl. With an electric mixer, whip the cream on medium speed, gradually adding the sugar. The cream will begin to thicken.
  • Whip the cream until it begins to form stiff peaks. Be careful not to overwhip or the cream will separate.

Notes

Recipe from Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life by Lucy Buffett. Copyright 2017. Recipe reprinted with permission.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 69mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g
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Gumbo Love by Lucy Buffett

Lucy Buffett has done it again – she has published another delicious cookbook that highlights the best of Gulf Coast cooking: Gumbo Love:  Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life. You have to love a cookbook that starts the recipe section off right – with desserts. Among the recipes is Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, a recipe that has already won the hearts of my family.

Before I share with you Lulu’s recipe for Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, let me tell you a little bit about Gumbo Love:  Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life.

Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life.

Yes, it starts the recipe section with desserts, but there is so much more. After the forward at the beginning of the book is a letter from Lucy. In it, we learn how the book is a continuation of the conversation that she began in LuLu’s Kitchen. It’s an homage to her coastal Southern food culture. There are stories throughout the book as well as Lucy’s inspirational Ten Grateful Ingredients For a Bright Life And a Happy Kitchen. Gumbo Love would not be complete without Lucy’s notes on how to make gumbo, which is included in the book.

Getting into the meat of the book, the recipe chapters include:

  • Life is Sweet:  Eat Dessert First
  • Starters and Snacks
  • Gumbo Love and Other Heartwarming Soups
  • Main Dishes
  • Vegetables and Sides
  • Deep-Fried Favorites:  A Southern Must
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Vacation Libations and Mocktails
  • Sauces and Dressings

At the end of the book, there is a section Coasting the Gulf Party Menus which is an inspiration for planning dinner parties.

Below is a video of Lucy that was recorded before the release of Gumbo Love:  Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life.

YouTube video

Look for Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life at your local bookstore or get it online at Amazon.com. If you are lucky to find yourself at the Gulf, be sure to check out Lucy’s restaurant, LuLu’s. (Click here to read my post about LuLu’s in Gulf Shores.)

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