Brown Sugar Pound Cake To DIE For

Recently, I was looking for a new recipe to try that used ingredients I already had on hand. I wanted something on the simple side (not calling for a bazillion ingredients), but reliably amazing. For that, I turned to Food52 — a trusted source for all things food.

They have a recipe for Brown Sugar Pound Cake that met the limited ingredients (and all things I already had in my pantry/fridge) criteria, so I gave that one a try. It was an excellent decision. Not only is this cake amazingly simple, it is also amazingly tasty. (I highly recommend enjoying a piece before it’s cooled completely. It’s especially incredible with a cup of coffee.)


Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Ingredients (for cake)

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients (for glaze)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a large loaf pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the brown sugar and butter until very light and fluffy (3-5 minutes).
  • Add the eggs — one at a time — then add the vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, beating until just incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smooth the top, and bake for 50-60 minutes (until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean).
  • While the cake cools a bit, whisk together all of the glaze ingredients (add more milk, depending on how thin you want the glaze to be).
  • Remove the cake from the pan and place on a cooling rack, then drizzle the glaze on top (I used a spoon). Enjoy! (As mentioned above, I highly recommend trying a slice of this cake while it’s still slightly warm.)


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