Bread Machine Pound Cake — 102 Comments

  1. Hi Marsha!!!!!

    Got the pound cake going in my ZO. When it’s completed should I turn it out on rack immediately or let it cool in pan for few minutes? Thanks!

    Hope your enjoying your weekend!

    • Darn it. Let me know how it turns out. It might need the assistance of some cherry jam. πŸ™‚ When I made pound cake I let it cool in the pan for a time before I turned it out.

  2. Rose beautifully…..a little dry. Sure it would of tasted more buttery if I used 2 cups of flour<silly me).

    Surprisingly my husband likes it…????? He had three slices.

    Gonna try toasting a slice..butter and jam and see how it tastes,

    Marsha when you made the pound cake did it taste buttery?


    • I’m glad it turned out. πŸ™‚

      I’m not remembering it tasting particularly buttery. I just remember it being very good and moist. BTW – I did use real butter in the recipe.

      • Hi Marsha,
        First, thank you for this site. I bought myself a Hamilton Beach bread maker awhile ago and I could make jus plain ol’ white bread OK. Tried making sour dough (thinking I was smarter than I was) to no avail. I’ll just stick to making it manually.
        I checked your site for an ’email me’ link but you don’t have one and Marion’s post kind of touches on what I wanted to suggest to you. I am truly a novice when it comes to baking (thus, the bread machine purchase!). Baking is so tedious, I don’t know how people can enjoy it. My suggestion to You is that you recognize there are novices in your legion and if you could remember to include:
        1) How big the loaf size should be
        2) Salted or unsalted butter?

        And there was one other but it has slipped my mind. I’ve got your corn bread recipe in my machine right now and I’m praying it turns out great. I love corn bread but there’s no real recipes on line for the bread machine, everything is manual. And someone on YouTube has a recipe that says ‘the easiest corn bread recipe’ and it’s basically dumping a box of corn bread mix in a bowl and adding water. Duh!

        As I said, I’ve got your corn bread recipe working in the bread machine right now. I plan to tweak it since I really, really love corn bread with bits of corn and jalapenos in it. If I can pull that off, I’ll pretty much stop eating real food and live on that alone. 😎

        Thanks again for the wonderful site and forgive me if I sound like an idiot.


          • The corn bread turned out incredible. I was one happy guy. Am moving on to Rye bread now, gearing up for St. Patty’s day. Ever tried substituting Guinness for milk/water to get that deep flavor? I may.

            Thanks again for this site. I love it!


          • Kerry, I’m so glad you liked the corn bread. I haven’t tried using beer in the rye bread recipe. If you do though I’d love to hear how it turns out.

  3. I made this and it was dry and did not have much taste . what could i have done wrong . I followed the ingredients and measured everything to the t .I plan to try it again . Today I am trying the starbucks lemon pound loaf .

  4. I followed the recipe, but added lemon juice (1/2 a lemon), lemon zest, & a citrus glaze. Can’t wait to see how it tastes!!!

  5. Mine turned out wonderfully. Very moist, mild flavor. Dense but not dry or heavy. Exactly what we were craving (something to spread the Nutella on). Two changes – 3 tsp of baking powder seemed like a lot, so I only used 2. But I also waited until the Zo beeped to add ingredients before adding the baking powder. Probably unnecessary… but mine seems to have risen about the same as your picture above.

    I also added a dollop (~1/3c) of plain yogurt. That’s just a personal preference, I like a bit of the sour flavor.

    I’m also glad you recommended the light crust setting.

    Overall, worked great. Thanks!

  6. I’m really late to the party, but I just tried this in my bread machine that does not have a cake setting. I used the quick bread setting on my Oster, and while it turned out a little dry, it was very good! I’ll be making this again!

  7. I’ve just got this bread machine which has a cake function. I am totally new to making cakes. What is ‘beaten’ in the case of eggs?

  8. I have just logged on to your site and think that it is fabulous. Really interested in the pound cake. I’m from Australia but am unsure if US cup sizes are the same as AUS cup sizes. What is All Purpose Flour, we have Plain flour or Self Raising Flour.. Thanks

  9. I made this in my Oster using the Quick bread setting and it came out perfect. While it was a little dry when it was warm, it’s less dry the next day after being wrapped in plastic overnight. Dangerous because I keep eating it!!!! I’m planning on making a few batches, halving then freezing and be prepared with some fruit and whipped cream for guests, it will be a hit! Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Thanks I made this and did lemon it was great and also made homemade custard to go over it . Thanks for all the bread recipes. Love the bread sticks and pizza and the pepperoni roll . made extra and froze them come out great.

    • Homemade custard on the pound cake sounds wonderful!! Thanks for the idea.

      I’m so glad you like the pepperoni rolls. I like them and they’re so handy to have in the freezer for a quick meal.

  11. Made this today on my Zo on cake setting, added lemon zest and the juice of a half lemon, my son and grandson were the first to try, loved it, I tried it and thought it was pretty good ,very moist, I will make this again and next time make a lemon glaze or somthing for it but this won’t last the nite here it will be chomped fast

  12. I made this cake today and it tasted great but I found some white powder in the cake and when I tasted it, it tasted bad and a bit acidic and I had to spit it out. At first I thought it was baking powder but I have no idea what it tastes like. Now I’m staying away from the cake. Any ways to solve this? Thanks!

  13. For the Aussies finding this recipe, it worked perfectly using aussie standard measuring cups/spoons and following the recipe exactly as listed except we used 2 teaspoons of vanilla and plain flour. We have two bread machines, the Sunbeam Quantum we used for this has a cake setting which we left unchanged, 1kg setting and medium crust, the other machine (Breville) makes better bread and has jam settings… for our machines we put all the wet ingredients in first then the dry. Both the wife and I loved how the cake turned out, many thanks for sharing the recipe πŸ™‚

  14. I made this pound cake in my Oster bread machine and boy is it good! Thanks so much for going beyond bread with your recipes. I want to try the cornbread next.

  15. I made this a few days ago. Taste is good but texture a little dry. What can I do to make it more moist? Also, I could not get it out of the breadmaker pan. But I like that I can make a little cake with little fuss; will make again. Thank you.

  16. I made this tonight and it was only 2 inches high. Because it didn’t rise, the butter overpowered everything. Normally, that wouldn’t be a bad thing except that in this case it was too rich and a little greasy for pound cake. I tested my baking powder and it was fresh. I used all purpose flour. I did use almond milk instead of milk. Could that have been my problem? I also used salted organic butter.

    • Hi Toni, I’m sorry it didn’t turn out. πŸ™ I’m not sure what the problem could be. I use salted butter too. I’ve never used almond milk, but I’ve read that you can substitute almond milk for cow’s milk when baking. While this is a cake that won’t rise as high as bread, it should be higher than two inches. Did you make any other substitutions or changes?

  17. I did add 1/2 cup of blueberries that I had dehydrated. I added these at the “add” beep. The almond milk was the only substitution. The taste is good enough that it won’t go to waste and it is good enough to try again. I will use regular milk (low fat) next time. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try cake flour. I love the bread from the Zo!

    • I wonder if the blueberries absorbed liquid and that’s why it didn’t turn out. Maybe if you soak those in something first to plump them up it might work better. And I’m glad you’re going to give it another try. My bread doesn’t always turn out. I spend a lot of time testing and tweaking recipes. πŸ™‚

      • I made another one today. I used fat free milk, half sugar and half Splenda and it turned out great. I also substituted the butter with Smart Blend. I left the blueberries out but I will try it again with blueberries. We have a blueberry u-pick farm so I like to use blueberries. πŸ™‚

  18. I have an older model Zojirushi with a cake setting. Is it common that all cakes come out dense? Is there a way too make cakes a little lighter?

    • I’ve wondered about this very thing. The cakes from the bread machine do turn out a little heavy. I think that’s because the machines mix/stir the ingredients for so long. Your machine should be programmable. You could make a program with less stirring, but then you’d run the chance of it not being stirred enough so that the ingredients wouldn’t be combined.

  19. I tried this in my “vintage” Breadman TR444 on light cycle.
    Delicious! Oh, I did use 1/2 white and 1/2 white whole wheat and oil. Awesome!!!
    Thank you!!!

  20. Since it wasn’t mentioned, I used 1 tsp of bread machine yeast making this.

    I also added two tsp of a really good powdered cinnamon. Came out fantastic. This is a keeper!

  21. Was searching the web when I ran across your wonderful recipes! Made the pound cake for after school snack it was half gone by dinner since that was a success made corn bread to go with dinner and another loaf of pound cake for dessert! Can’t wait to try more!

  22. I love baking cakes, but always from scratch. I have had my bread machine for about 6 months and absolutely love it!. This is the first time I tried a cake and it turned out fine …and yummy. For those who say it came out rather dry, I substituted 1/2 the butter with extra virgin olive oil and it was wonderfully moist. That is a good tip to keep in mind for general baking…if you are worried about dry baked goods, add a little olive oil!
    Thanks for the recipe, it was fun making a cake in the bread machine πŸ™‚

  23. I have tried this recipe three times on the quick bread cycle. The first time, I did it on the light quick bread cycle and it was raw in the middle. The next time I used the dark quick bread cycle and added some glazed cherries and it was perfect. I have made it twice now on the dark quick bread cycle and it has turned out well. It is a really good tasting cake and I have made some Bird’s custard to go with it, yummy! I think I might try a chocolate cake next time.

  24. Trying this today. Seemed like a lot of baking powder but trying as written. Only change I made was to add a splash of almond and used buttermilk in place of sweet milk hoping for a little tang. Using new Oster with cake setting. Fingers crossed, hubby isn’t into anything very sweet.

  25. I used cinnamon instead of vanilla. And made in my Oster machine. It was raw in the middle then i did it again on bake. Came out great!
    Thank you.

  26. Today I made the pound cake according to your recipe and using the quick cycle. It turned out delicious. Where the machine called for water and the recipe called for milk, I mixed the milk and eggs together and beat them with a fork. I also added craisins when the machine indicated “add”. Thank you for the recipe. One other comment, I stopped the process 10 minutes before the time called for as the cake started to get darker than I wanted it. I had put it on the light cycle. Jack

  27. I added
    180g Grated brown & white chocolate
    A few whole squares of Lindt.
    A dessert spoon of cacao powder.
    A handful of glace cherries.
    And changed to half a cup of milk.

    It was amazing, possibly the tastiest cake I have ever made.
    Thank you for sharing your recipes πŸ˜€

  28. I’m gonna try this on the weekend and use bread flour….I want to make you’re Apple Sauce bread first…..

  29. I made this in my bb-pac20 and it keeps collapsing. Any suggestions? I am at 6000 feet not sure if that matters…

    • Hi Marsha –

      You asked for input if anyone tried your recipe using a Quick setting. I have a Hamilton Beach Bread Machine and it has both a Cake and a Quick setting. I used the Quick setting with light crust, and this came out very good. I think i will try the cake setting next time, just for comparison. The main difference in the two cycles is a lot more mixing, and a lot more “rise” time. There is only a 10 min. difference in baking time. Bake is 1 hr. 20 min. and Quick is 1 hour 10 min. I think a little more mixing might be better, but overall very good!

  30. Hi Aggie – I used to live at 4800′ and we had to make adjustments in our baking ingredients and baking time as well. You might try Googling “high altitude baking adjustments” for some additional help.

  31. I used this recipe using a Sunbeam bread maker. I used the “Bake” setting or #12 after mixing well in a separate bowl. I baked for 70 minutes (it only bakes for 60 minutes on #12, so I unplugged it and put it back on #12 for an additional 10 minutes)

    I also used half the sugar and half granulated stevia. And I used becel instead of butter.

    Turned out so great!

    I served it with a dollop of light nutriwhip. Family loved it!

  32. I don’t live at high altitudes but my cake completely caved in. It looks like a volcano crater! I wonder what happened. It’s my first use of my Zo and I feel sad. I’ll try it again with less baking powder. I don’t know what else to change.

    • I figured it out. Your recipe was for the 2 lb. loaf and I have a 1 lb. loaf machine. I cut the ingredients in half referring to my cookbook that came with the machine and now I have a delicious pound cake. I went for the traditional flavor and added a little over 1/4 tsp. mace.

  33. I just made the pound cake, and it did not rise much, but looks OK.
    I’m waiting till after dinner to cut it open.

    When it was kneading, it looked very watery. Does the dough need to be dryish, like when making bread? I think I need to add more flour the next time to dry the dough out.

  34. It was delicious, turned out perfectly! I am so happy as the oven in our new is temperamental so baking is out of the question till we get a new one

  35. I’ve been experimenting with my bread machine. Sometimes it turns out like the recipe, and sometimes not even close! I have tried a lot of recipes, trying to make sweet bread or cake, since they’re options on my Cuisinart machine. But until now, none have really worked. Okay, none of them did. I ended up either having to bake it more in the oven, which meant it would end up a brick. Sometimes it tasted alright, but you can’t really eat a brick. Then I stumbled across your recipe and decided “why not?!” And it ended up really great! The outside is a little hard, so I think I might be cooking it too long, but it’s still a keeper! And I’ve been trying other flavors, like lemon and chocolate and it always turns out great! So I wanted to thank you!!!

  36. Quick question. I was given a older model of the Zojirushi it does not have a cake settin. I really want to make pound cake. The settings I have is basic bread, quick bread, mix bread, whole grain. Suggestion on which one I should use

    • Hi Becky, In most cases the quick bread setting will work. However I’m not sure it will work with your machine. Do you have a BBCC-Q15? (If so, here’s the manual. The “mix bread” cycle was unfamiliar to me so I looked it up. On the BBCC-Q15 it looks like the “quick cycle” isn’t for quick breads. Instead it might be what we now call the rapid cycle.

  37. I have the 2 lb zojirushi machine. I want to make a sour cream pound cake. How do I accomplish this?? Lol. I LOVE your page and how helpful you always are!!! Thanks!!

    • Hi Joy, Thanks for all the kind words. You’ve made my day!

      A sour cream pound cake sounds great, but I don’t have a bread machine recipe for that. Let me know if you find one though!

    • Interesting. My Zo’s cake setting is for 1:50. That’s 24 minutes of kneading, 70 minutes of baking and 16 minutes of cooling down. Does your manual tell you what the machine is doing during the 2:55?

  38. WHOA ! The pound cake turned out to be absolutley Devine! Thanks for this post girl . I have been looking for a great pound cake recepie for the longest time. And this takes the cake !!! *excuse the pun πŸ™‚ * . I have a breadman bread maker and I used the sweet bread option. The cake is super moist and so full of flavor and the entire house smells delicious too. I skipped the vanilla essence because I personally don’t like the vanilla flavor taking over. Thanks again !

  39. Marsha,

    I just tried your pound cake recipe and OMG. YOu can call it beginners luck or whatever but it came out absolutely great. I’m seeing this being made quite often. My wife came down and told me my bread is smelling like cake and not bread. Thank you so much. Looking forward to trying more.

  40. I have an Oster bread machine and while it has a cake setting it didn’t mix enough. I had to cut away all the outside crust, my favorite part, because it was all flour. It also was very dense which may have been the recipe. I won’t try this recipe again in the machine unless I mix it a little before putting it in the machine….but what’s the point, right?.

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