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These easy pound cake recipes are perfect for any occasion: a quick weeknight treat, a make-ahead teatime nibble, or a simple dessert to serve after a casual dinner party. And, of course, for National Pound Cake Day on March 4.

Originally named for the pound each of butter, sugar, and flour in the batter, pound cake doesn’t necessarily have those exact ratios these days, but it is a type of cake that’s pleasantly dense and always impeccably moist. You can jazz it up in many different ways—including baking it in a Bundt pan and using it as a vehicle for other flavors. Behold, some of our favorite pound cakes.

1. Vanilla Bean Pound Cake

Vanilla Bean Pound Cake recipe


The one against which all other pound cakes are measured. It needs no accompaniment, though fresh berries would not be amiss. Get our Vanilla Bean Pound Cake recipe.

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2. Red Velvet Bundt Cake

red velvet bundt cake recipe


What’s old is new again. This Bundt contains all of the usual pound cake suspects, plus a hint of cocoa and red gel coloring. Get our Red Velvet Bundt Cake recipe. (And see how to get Bundt cake out of the pan in one piece.)

3. Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Pound Cake

Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Pound Cake recipe


Pound cake is dense and rich by nature—a few mix-ins, like the crunchy pistachios and chewy dried cherries in this recipe, create texture and flavor. Get our Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Pound Cake recipe.

4. Amaretto Pound Cake

amaretto pound cake recipe


Amaretto (especially when it’s homemade) takes a simple vanilla pound cake from ordinary to memorable. Get our Amaretto Pound Cake recipe.

5. Double Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake

Double Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake recipe


Because true chocoholics will brook no interference from other ingredients. In this recipe, instant espresso powder serves to amplify the chocolate. Get our Double Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake recipe.

6. Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

pumpkin spice Bundt cake with salted caramel sauce


The perfect way to use up leftover canned pumpkin. A salted caramel drizzle tops this moist, sweet, and spicy cake. Get our Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake recipe.

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

easy chocolate peanut butter Bundt cake


The best combination since Lucy and Ricky: dark chocolaty cake batter swirled with creamy peanut butter. The topping is chocolate ganache offset by crunchy peanuts. Get our Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake recipe.

8. Guinness Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Guinness gingerbread bundt cake recipe


Because you shouldn’t have to wait till happy hour for a beer. The salted caramel drizzle is sticky, sweet, and perfect for this moist cake. Get our Guinness Gingerbread Bundt Cake recipe.

9. Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Pound Cake

Rich Chocolate Pound Cake recipe


What’s better than a moist, dark chocolate pound cake? One covered with a generous pour of rich semisweet chocolate glaze on top. Get our Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Pound Cake recipe.

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Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching “Arrested Development” reruns.
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