Dad’s Sour Cream Pound Cake and Lemon Glaze

by Alli

Today I’m saluting my dad on his birthday!  He was born on the 11th day of the 11th month, weighing in at 11 lbs. and 11 ounces.  I kid you not!  And he makes the best sour cream pound cake in the world.  I promise! It’s a family favorite.

Dad's Sour Cream Pound Cake

Funny Story Before we Get to Dad’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

My dad never cooked, much less baked, until he retired from working for the federal government.  I doubt that he would have known where the silverware was stored, much less where the cake pans were tucked away.  He didn’t have a clue.

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But once he retired, it’s as if he had found his true calling!  He learned to bake great cakes, pies, and cobblers.  He also learned how to make cornbread and iced tea – staples of the south!  It’s a miracle!

Of course, mom says that he’s always asking her to check and make sure the cake is done before he removes it from the oven.  As my niece, Kayla would say, “They are too cute!”

Dad's Sour Cream Pound Cake

My grandsons live for Old Paw Paw’s cakes!  Yep, that’s what they lovingly call him!  And if I’m visiting my parents and my grandkids aren’t along for the ride, dad always makes them a sour cream pound cake for me to take back to them.

His sour cream pound cakes are so good that he’s actually been asked to sell them at a local farm stand type store!  He politely declined.

I’m sure dad doesn’t have the time to bake for that local farm stand because he still plants a garden, mows the grass in town and at the cabin, mends broken fences, deer hunts with my 80 year old mom (they each have a deer stand that is way high)  and even climbs on the roof of the cabin to blow off the leaves!  You can see their cabin here!

Dad's Sour Cream Pound Cake

As you can tell, I’m really proud of my dad.  I could go on and on, but you get the gist.  I love him and his sour cream pound cake.  Try it and you’ll love it, too.

Dad’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

I’m so glad I caught dad in the act of making his sour cream pound cake. I’ll cherish these photos forever.

Dad gets all his ingredients together before making the cake. He’s a smart man!


He carefully cracks the eggs.


Then mixes it all together with the trusty KitchenAid mixer.


Look at that delicious batter. I would love to grab a spoon and enjoy a bite or two.


Pour the batter into a greased and floured tube pan. Dad uses the spray with the flour included to grease the pan. I grease my pan the old fashioned way – with Crisco and flour. Either way is fine.


Helpful Hint: To get rid of excess air in the batter, tap the cake pan on the counter a few times before baking.


Dad’s sour cream pound cake comes out perfect every single time.


Dad's Sour Cream Pound Cake

Dadโ€™s Sour Cream Pound Cake

Yield: serves 12-14
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Dad's Sour Cream Pound Cake is a family favorite. It's moist and delicious on the inside and has a slight crunch on the outside. Sometimes I add a lemon glaze but it's completely optional.


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ยผ tsp. soda
  • ยผ tsp. salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Lemon Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 325º F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube cake pan.
  2. Add soda and salt to sour cream and set aside.
  3. Cream butter well. Add sugar gradually, beating well after each addition. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each. Add sour cream alternately with flour, beginning and ending with flour. Beat well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix on low until just combined.
  4. Bake at 325º for one hour and a half, checking with a toothpick after baking for one hour 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
  5. Serve with lemon glaze if desired!
  6. Lemon Glaze (2 cups powdered sugar and 3-4 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice) Add powdered sugar to a medium-sized bowl. Add the lemon juice and whisk until smooth. The glaze should be thick but pourable. Add more lemon juice to thin it out or powdered sugar to thicken to the desired consistency.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12-14 Serving Size one slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 589Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 145mgSodium 95mgCarbohydrates 94gFiber 1gSugar 69gProtein 7g

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Baking Tips for a Perfect Cake

Dad’s Sour Cream Pound Cake is a fail-proof recipe (at least for him). Here are some tips to ensure your cake turns out perfectly.

  • Read the entire recipe.
  • Measure accurately.  (use dry measuring cups to measure dry ingredients) – Always spoon flour into the measuring cup and lightly level with a straight edge. Extra flour can make a cake dry and extra sugar can cause a cake to fall.
  • Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Don’t overbeat the batter.
  • Don’t remove the baked cake from the pan too early or too late. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. After removing the cake from the oven, place the cake pan on a wire rack. Keep away from drafts while cooling.
  • Use the correct type of cake pan. Tube pans and bundt pans don’t always hold the same amount of batter.

Serving Suggestions for Dad’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

I like dad’s Sour Cream Pound Cake just the way it is. But sometimes, I’ll jazz it up a bit.

  • Fresh Fruit and Whipped Topping
  • Toasted or Grilled
  • Pound Cake Sandwich (filled with cream cheese frosting or fruit or peanut butter & jelly)
  • With a Lemon Glaze (2 cups powdered sugar and 3-4 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice) Add powdered sugar to a medium-sized bowl. Add the lemon juice and whisk until smooth. The glaze should be thick but pourable. Add more lemon juice to thin it out or powdered sugar to thicken to the desired consistency.


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My dad makes the best sour cream pound cake in the world! He's 84 and he's famous for his pound cake! Just one bite and you'll know why.

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Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects November 11, 2013 - 6:39 am

Awww, what a sweet post, and it sounds DELICIOUS!

Alli November 11, 2013 - 6:58 am

I never would have thought that my dad would have ever turned into a baker! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mel November 11, 2013 - 6:54 am

The cake sounds delicious, happy birthday to your Dad and btw go grandma 11 pounds and 11 ounces WOW. Mine were all big babies but even my biggest was 10 pound 2!!

Alli November 11, 2013 - 6:58 am

I know, right! And I thought a 9 lb baby was a big one!

Cindy Eikenberg November 11, 2013 - 7:13 am

Alli, what a wonderful post and happy birthday to your Dad! I absolutely love pound cake and this sounds fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing and have a happy Monday!

Alli November 11, 2013 - 9:14 am

Thanks, Cindy! I love pound cake, too. My grands like it even more than I do.

Jen @ West Street Story November 11, 2013 - 7:46 am

Awww, what a sweet post! Happy birthday to your dad. I look forward to trying this cake recipe and will think of you and your family!

Alli November 11, 2013 - 9:13 am

We celebrated his birthday back in October because it was the only weekend that we could all be there. I so enjoyed watching him bake and taking his pics. Isn’t family the greatest?

Melinda Snavley November 11, 2013 - 8:11 am

And you are so right best cake in town. It’s making me hungry for one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Bday Dad.

Alli November 11, 2013 - 9:11 am

It’s so good for breakfast with a cup of coffee, isn’t it? Wish I had a piece right now!

Kimberly Leverett Osburn November 11, 2013 - 8:53 am

Hey Alli,
I have been looking for the perfect pound cake recipe and I think I’ve found it. Thanks for sharing a piece of your sweet family. Cherish every moment, because they are gone too soon. <3 Kim

Alli November 11, 2013 - 9:11 am

You’re welcome! My grands sure do love it. Personally, I could just cut the entire top off and eat it – you know, that crusty part. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amanda Smith November 11, 2013 - 9:18 am

Happy birthday to your dad! My son was born on 11/11 as well. This recipe looks amazing. Thank you for sharing it and your dad with us as well.

Alli November 11, 2013 - 11:26 am

Happy Birthday to your son! I think my dad is amazing, but I’m a little biased.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication November 11, 2013 - 9:25 am

He sounds like an amazing man, and that cake looks FANTASTIC!

Alli November 11, 2013 - 11:26 am

Both are amazing to me!

Rhondda Mol November 11, 2013 - 9:37 am

Thank you (and thank your Dad!) for this ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to try it out! I also love the story around the recipe – very heartwarming ๐Ÿ™‚ Rhondda

Alli November 11, 2013 - 11:27 am

Thanks, Rhondda! We all love his cakes, especially this one.

Robin O November 11, 2013 - 10:48 am

What a treat to celebrate the elevens and your Dad’s Sour Cream Pound Cake. My Dad liked to cook too and that makes for a very special bond. Happy Birthday to him and thanks for sharing is lovely cake with us.

Alli November 11, 2013 - 11:28 am

How awesome that your dad loves to cook, as well. I always enjoy sharing stories about my family.

kendra kay November 11, 2013 - 11:34 am

awww happy 80th birthday dad!!

Anna @ Northern Homestead November 11, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Awww, what a sweet post, love the pictures with your Dad making the cake! Happy birthday to your dad, you are blessed to have him.

Rebekah November 11, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Happy birthday to Paw Paw!!! Yes, he does make the best pound cakes! I can’t wait to see them at Christmas. I miss them so much.

Tal @ The Crafeteria November 11, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Happy birthday to your dad! The cake sounds delicious, definitely going to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

Alli November 11, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Do try it! His always turns out fabulous.

Juanita Lee November 11, 2013 - 1:54 pm

I really truly enjoy reading your website. I worked for 10 years with your sister, until I retired in January. My dad did a lot of baking also after he retired. I enjoyed reading 5 Hindrances to Prayer.

Alli November 11, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Hi, Juanita! I feel like I know you! Melinda has talked about you so much (all good things, of course). I feel like I already know you! And she told me you were back in town. I’m so glad you read my blog. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Gloria @ Simply Gloria November 11, 2013 - 3:31 pm

This is such a special post you’ve written and shared with all of us. I find it especially amazing of the number 11…so weird, right?! (I am always intrigued with things like that!) I love your dad’s pound cake recipe! Hope you have a fun and special day with him today! (=

Alli November 11, 2013 - 7:59 pm

The eleven thing is really weird. I can’t imagine giving birth to a child that weighed that much!

Jane Rutherford November 11, 2013 - 7:36 pm

As I read this I was looking over at the pound cake he made all for me for my birthday this past Saturday. I know, I’m special too! Thanks bro, your the best, and I love you and Helen.

Alli November 11, 2013 - 7:59 pm

You are special, Jane! Eat a big piece for me. Actually, just cut the top off and eat it for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 11, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Hi Alli! Happy Birthday to your dad! That poundcake looks scrumptious!

Alli November 11, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Thanks! It’s really good!

Kelli November 11, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Do you know how long I have waited for that delicious pound cake recipe?? He DOES make the best pound cake in the world!!!

Alli November 12, 2013 - 5:04 am

I know you love his pound cakes, Kelli. Well, now you have the recipe. It looks pretty simple to me. I do know that it’s a really old recipe.

Michelle November 14, 2013 - 10:43 am

This looks so easy and delicious! I look forward to trying it. Looks like you and your father enjoy cooking together. Thanks for sharing!

Alli November 14, 2013 - 9:35 pm

The last time I visited my father and found out he was making his pound cake for my grands (as always) I told him I had to take pics of him during the process for my blog. After a while he was asking me if I got this pic or that. He really got into the swing of things. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne November 14, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Your post made me miss my father. My father’s story was similar. Didn’t even know where the kitchen was located until after he retired. He loved buying all sorts of spices though many he never used. It is great that your kids will have wonderful memories of him and his treats.

Alli November 14, 2013 - 9:24 pm

I’m trying to enjoy my mom and dad as much as I can. I just wished I lived closer (6 driving hours away). Like you, I will always have the memories. I think it’s awesome how your dad loved all the spices!

Carolyn Smith November 17, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Such sweet pictures!

Candace Anderson October 12, 2019 - 1:23 pm

Such a gift for you to share the recipe and pictures of your Dad. Thanks to your Dadโ€™s recipe I made the best pound cake I have ever made. I see cooking as a ministry of love for my family and friends.
This is now my go to recipe.
Thanks again!

Racqual W November 4, 2019 - 1:39 pm

I made this today. It is a good recipe, however a bit too sweet. I added lemon flavoring. The texture is really good. I am going to make this my go to recipe!

Alli November 5, 2019 - 11:04 am

My dad doesn’t add the lemon glaze. Is that what made it too sweet? I added in the lemon glaze because I love all things lemon. Glad you like it!

Waukeysla Frazier February 12, 2020 - 11:22 am

Alli, what caught my eye was that beautiful cake. Then, I clicked on it to see the recipe and it’s the same exact one that I copied from one of my grandmothers old cake recipes that my aunt had. I’ve had it over ten years, and she used to make it for us growing up. She passed Christmas morning in 2007, and you’re right, it is an old recipe.

Holly February 16, 2020 - 7:40 am

Trying this recipe for the first time! Itโ€™s been on the oven for about 10 minutes – canโ€™t wait to taste!

Elizabeth Weiss March 13, 2020 - 9:57 pm

My Nannie made this Sour Cream Pound cake since I was a little girl ( I’m now 50 ) same exact recipe. It is absolutely the best. She’d make it for all us grandkids Birthdays, making Birthdays all the more special. I actually just got done making one for my grandson’s Birthday. The only difference between our cakes is ours is dusted with powdered sugar. What great memories a Sour Cream Pound cake makes.

Alli March 14, 2020 - 6:59 pm

That’s so sweet! I love all the old recipes.

Jane Cashin April 30, 2020 - 9:45 pm

My sister recently made this recipe and it was amazing. My daughter is getting married soon and I was wondering if we could use this recipe for a 2 tier wedding cake. Bottom tier would be 2 8โ€ layers and the top would be 3 6โ€ layers.


Alli May 1, 2020 - 9:10 am

I’m glad you liked it! I’ve only used this recipe to make a traditional pound cake but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I did a little research and found a three-tier pound cake wedding cake by Trisha Yearwood, so it seems doable to me. Congrats on your daughter’s upcoming wedding! Here is the link that shows where Trisha made a pound cake wedding cake.


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