My Mom's Four Best Pound Cake Recipes

Updated on May 2, 2018
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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.

My mom loves to feed her sweet tooth. As far back as I can remember, Mom always baked cakes. These are her pound cakes. The first three are big cakes. Do not use a Bundt pan or standard tube pan. Use a large tube pan, which typically has three prongs spaced evenly around the edge of the pan, and a center cylinder that extends above the sides of the pan. A standard tube pan is fine for the lemon cake.

These are Mom’s four best pound cakes:

  • 7-Up
  • Chocolate
  • 5 Flavor
  • Lemon JELL-O

7-Up Pound Cake

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Ingredients

  • 2 stick butter*
  • ½ c shortening*
  • 3 c sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 c plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon
  • 1 c 7-Up (takes the place of baking powder and soda)

*Mom uses 1 ½ sticks of butter flavored Crisco instead of the 2 sticks of butter and ½ c Crisco.

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and shortening with electric mixer.
  2. Add sugar into mixture, and cream together.
  3. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after each egg.
  4. Sift and gradually mix in flour.
  5. Add vanilla and lemon flavorings.
  6. Slowly pour in 7 Up and mix on low.
  7. Grease and flour a large tube pan, or use Baker’s Secret spray.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes.
  9. Optional: Ice cooled cake with Cream Cheese (Mom’s preference) or other favorite frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting for 7-Up Cake

Ingredients

  • ½ c or 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 pkg, 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese together with electric mixer.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Frost cooled cake.

Chocolate Pound Cake

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Mom's Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate FrostingSlice of Mom's Chocolate Pound Cake
Mom's Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Mom's Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate Frosting | Source
Slice of Mom's Chocolate Pound Cake
Slice of Mom's Chocolate Pound Cake | Source

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb butter*
  • ½ cup Crisco*
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups Plain All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 ¼ tsp vanilla

*Mom uses 1 ½ sticks of butter flavored Crisco instead of the 2 sticks of butter and ½ c Crisco.

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and shortening with electric mixer.
  2. Add sugar into mixture, and cream.
  3. Add the eggs 1 to 2 at a time, beating after each egg.
  4. Sift salt, baking powder and cocoa together with flour.
  5. Gradually add dry mixture, milk and vanilla to butter, shortening and sugar mixture.
  6. Grease and flour a large tube pan, or use Baker’s Secret spray.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Frosting Options

  1. Ice with bought milk chocolate frosting. (This is what Mom does.)
  2. Add 3 to 4 T of cocoa to the cream cheese frosting above.
  3. Ice with chocolate fudge frosting (recipe immediately below).

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Ingredients

  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ c butter
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  • ½ c milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine butter and chocolate over low heat until melted.
  2. Remove from heat and add sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  3. Set in a bowl of ice and water. Beat until smooth enough to spread.

5-Flavor Pound Cake

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Mom's 5 Flavor Pound Cake
Mom's 5 Flavor Pound Cake
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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter*
  • ½ c Crisco*
  • 3 c sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 c plain flour
  • 1 /2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 milk
  • 1 tsp each of these 5 flavorings: coconut, rum, butter, lemon and vanilla

*Mom uses 1 ½ sticks of butter flavored Crisco instead of the 2 sticks of butter and ½ c Crisco.

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and shortening with electric mixer.
  2. Add sugar into mixture, and cream with mixer.
  3. Add the eggs 1 to 2 at a time, beating after each egg.
  4. Sift baking powder with flour.
  5. Gradually add dry mixture, milk and flavorings to butter, shortening and sugar mixture.
  6. Grease and flour a large tube pan, or use Baker’s Secret spray.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Glaze for 5-Flavor Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 c sugar
  • ½ c water
  • 1 tsp each of these 5 flavorings: coconut, rum, butter, lemon and vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in saucepan and bring to low boil.
  2. Spoon warm glaze over pound cake. This will soak in and make the cake very moist.

Lemon JELL-O

Moist and delicious Lemon JELL-O cake
Moist and delicious Lemon JELL-O cake | Source

This is a fast and easy cake to make. It was a family favorite when I was growing up, and often appeared on my Friday afternoon chore list when I was a teen.

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 package lemon jello
  • 2/3 c water
  • 2/3 c Wesson oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients

  1. Pour cake mix and JELL-O into mixing bowl.
  2. Add water and oil, and stir and mix on low speed of electric mixer.
  3. Continue mixing on low, adding in one egg at a time.
  4. Add lemon and vanilla extracts.
  5. Grease tube pan, and dust with flour. Alternatively, use Baker’s Joy.
  6. Pour cake batter into tube pan, and bake at 325 degrees for one hour.
  7. Prepare glaze while cake is baking.
  8. When cake is done, empty onto a plate. Apply glaze as below.

Glaze for Lemon JELL-O Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 c confectioner’s sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest together.
  2. While cake is warm, spoon glaze on cake. Glaze will be runny. Keep spooning glaze onto cake and let it soak into cake.

Questions & Answers

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    • Margie Lynn profile image

      Margie Lynn 21 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      Looks like your mom is a wonderful cook. I make pound cakes a lot, thanks for three new recipes https://hubpages.com/@rmcrayne

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      Becky 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      These pound cakes sound delicious. I will be trying the five flavor pound cake very soon. Thanks for sharing you mom's recipes.

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      Cholee Clay 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great hub! I've bookmarked this one. Definitely going to have to try the chocolate one sometime soon:)

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      K Nicole Smith 6 years ago from Huntsville, AL

      Thanks for sharing these recipes. I am excited. Planning on trying my hand at my first one this evening.

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      stylezink 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      These sound great. And I think I'm going to try my first pound cake this weekend. I just don't know which one I want to try. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe.

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      MelisaS 6 years ago

      Wow! Your pound cakes look wonderful!

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      htodd 7 years ago from United States

      Great hub!Thanks

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks Jennifer for visiting. The chocolate is definitely my Mom's favorite. I'm partial to the 5 Flavor.

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      Jennifer Burss 7 years ago from Michigan

      We love pound cake in our house! I may make the chocolate one for my husband for Valentine's Day. Thank you for sharing.

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Denise the chocolate is my mom's favorite. Mine is the 5 flavor cake. Thanks for the link. I linked your hub above.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Ohhh, the chocolate pound cake looks especially tempting Rose, I linked my latest hub: Russian Tea Cakes to this one. Just wanted to inform you. These recipes look delicious and I bookmarked it. Happy Holidays.

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks for the visit Rope. I like the crust that sticks to the plate, all saturated from the glaze. Nice big scoop on the index finger, like it was super thick batter.

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      The Rope 8 years ago from SE US

      Yummmm! I do love pound cake. The crust is the best to pick off - and get your hand slapped by the baker 'cause everyone's doing the same thing. LOL. My mom's used almond flavoring but this one sounds delicious. 7-Up cake is also one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      NG be sure to check out the 2 layer cake hubs too. Also, more cakes, pies and assorted sweets on my T'Giving and Christmas recipe hubs.

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      Nitrogen Girl 8 years ago from Southeastern United States

      Mwahaha, now I have some of Aunt Eva Mae's rare meatless recipes! Everyone knows she makes the best desserts.

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      judydianne let me know if you try them. My fav is the 5 flavor. I think Mom likes the Chocolate best.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I have been looking for a pound cake recipe that is tried and true. I think these are it!!!

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      It's very good cosette, I promise!

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      cosette 8 years ago

      that 7-Up cake looks fabulous! can't wait to try it!

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Flightkeeper they are all delish. My favorite is the 5 Flavor Cake.

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Those cakes look delish!

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      freta, I learned from Sandra Rinck, HubPages Backlinking for Dummies. Thanks!

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I have the sour cream pound cake recipe too. The photo that you got from flickr. is how my cake looks if done right. Very good hub. Thanks for the link, I want to link yours to mine, when I learn how.

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