Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Autumn, Cake, Desserts, Southern / Saturday, November 1st, 2008

OK, two minutes to midnight, and I’ve decided to join the National Blog Posting Month challenge. Which means I’ll be posting something here every day, all month long. Something worth your time, not just a picture of the mailbox.

So, just to prove to you that I’m prepared to BRING IT this month, here is one of my favorite cakes on earth: Paula Deen’s Brown Sugar Pound Cake.

How much do I love and trust this recipe? I’ve taken Paula’s Brown Sugar Pound Cake to potlucks, given it to people for Christmas, AND I made it when I met Jeff’s grandmother for the first time. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Adapted from Paula Deen’s “The Lady & Sons Just Desserts”


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 16-ounce box dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    Frosting (optional):

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour and baking powder to combine. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and shortening, and add the sugars, 1 cup at a time, continuing to beat.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Alternate adding the flour mixture with the milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add vanilla and mix well.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 2 hours.
  7. For Frosting: Place 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until melted and brown.
  8. Slowly and carefully, add lukewarm water, and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  9. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar.
  10. Mix egg with milk, and stir into sugar mixture.
  11. Add butter, vinegar, and salt. Cook to soft-ball stage (236 degrees F on a candy thermometer), stirring constantly. (A small amount dropped in a glass of water will form a soft ball. If you remove it from the water, it will flatten out.) Cool to lukewarm.
  12. Beat until creamy and spread on cake.

[ad name=”space”]

23 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Pound Cake

  1. […] Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until melted and brown. Slowly and carefully, add lukewarm water, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar. Ezra Pound Cake » Blog Archive » Paula Deen’s Brown Sugar Pound Cake […]

  2. National Blog Posting Month sounds fun! Now I am kinda torn between NaBloPoMo or NaNoWritMo. I got sucked in by their purdy logo! HAHA. Pound cake look delicious. Definitely a great endorsement if you made it for grandmother.

  3. that frosting is ummm a heartattack waiting to happen! pure sin I say. but I would eat this in a heartbeat because I am a lover of all types of frostings.

  4. What’s with the hater? To which part of the South is this person referring? Paula Deen cooks like everyone I know.

    Love your blog. Your pictures and recipes are always amazing. I am so excited that there will be a new posting every day! Yeah! Bring it on!

  5. Oh wow yea I’m going to have to make this! I’ve been drooling over Paula Deen’s recipes for quite some time but sadly haven’t made any yet.

  6. OH…my mouth is watering. I want a bite SO bad!

    I made your BBQ Mahi this week and it was awesome! Posted and linked back to you today! :) Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I use all of her recipes from the cookbooks. I always get compliments and empty plates at my dinner table. Going to try this cake tonight. Need a dessert for my mother in law.

  8. This Is the best cake I have ever eaten. It Is moist and soooooooooooo good! You can also buy this cake at Wallmart. It Is Paula Deans Brown Sugar Pound Cake. It Is small and cost $3.00. If you want to try It before you make It. It does not have the Icing on It though. It Is wonderful. This Is why I looked It up. Awesome!

    1. Oh my!!! I just bought this cake at WalMart to take camping with us this past weekend. I just got home a few minutes ago and the first thing I did was look up the recipe. It is AWESOME!!!!!!! I stopped at WalMart on the way back home to get another one and they had already sold out. ____Can't wait to make this one………

  9. So I'm making this pound cake recipe for my love. I can't wait for it to be done thanks so much for posting this onto this website. I hope it turns out well. Though this will be my first time using crisco though while making pound cake I hope it turns out softer and fluffier. I also sifted the flour so should be quite light in its density even though pound cake is usually thick and moist.

Comments are closed.