Brown Sugar Pound Cake Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 150 MINUTES

4 ratings
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  • 3 sticks butter, softened, divided
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 (16 oz) box dark brown sugar
  • 3 cups granulated sugar, plus 1 more cup
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 300°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.


Using an electric mixer, cream together 2 sticks butter and shortening and add the dark brown sugar and 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup at at time, continuing to beat. Add 5 eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour and baking powder together in another bowl and add alternately with 1 cup milk to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add vanilla and mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 2 hours.


To prepare frosting, mix together 1 beaten egg and 1 cup milk and set aside. Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until melted and brown. Add water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar. Mix egg with milk and stir into sugar mixture. Add 1 stick butter, vinegar, and salt. Cook to softball stage (236°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. Beat until creamy and spread on cake.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake


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4 Reviews

LIZ 3/13/2017

USE A WOODEN SPOON!!!!! Made a rookie mistake and wasted a plastic spoon while melting sugar. Sigh... lesson learned.

Chuck 12/23/2016
Love all the oth

Love all the other pound cake recipes from Ms. Deen but this one has issues. My Daughter and I followed it to the letter. The cake part was okay, not as moist as her other cake recipes. We did the icing right by the directions. When it got to luke warm, we started to beat it and it just hardened up no way to spread it.

Wish I knew what we did wrong or if this is just not a good recipe? All the other recipes from Ms. Deen work absolutely wonderful. We have several cook books and love them all.

Nancy 7/4/2015
Love this one

Love this one

Shirley 6/16/2015
Just made it, ex

Just made it, excellent. Looking for the next recipe.

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