Million-Dollar Pound Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour 40 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Nov. 19, 2023
We've always included pound cake on our family menus. Through the years I've tried many recipes, and I can honestly say this million-dollar pound cake is the best! It has a very fine, rich texture that makes it unusually smooth. That texture, plus fantastic flavor, makes this pound cake a special treat each time we serve it. —George Dunn, Jasper, Texas
Million-Dollar Pound Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • Splenda, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 300°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Gradually add flour alternately with milk, beating just until blended.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  3. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. If desired, sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
Million-Dollar Pound Cake Tips

How can you make million-dollar pound cake your own?

This million-dollar pound cake recipe uses vanilla extract only, but you can also make the recipe with both vanilla and almond extract. Or, instead of the almond extract, use a tart citrus extract with the vanilla. Another option is the give the cake more texture by mixing in chocolate chunks, nuts, shredded coconut or chopped up dried fruit. For more inspiration, check out some of our favorite pound cake recipes.

What do you serve with million-dollar pound cake?

One of the best things about pound cake is how versatile it is. Keep it classic with whipped cream and fresh strawberries or raspberries, or enjoy it with a scoop of ice cream and melted chocolate. It can also be topped off with any flavor of frosting, a vanilla glaze, or just a smattering of powdered sugar.

How long will million-dollar pound cake last?

Million-dollar pound cake should last for 3-4 days. Store it under a cake dome or cake keeper, and press plastic wrap onto the exposed sponge after cutting to keep it from drying out. Here's more on the best way to store baked goods.

—Sammi DiVito, Taste of Home Assistant Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 499 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 132mg cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.