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Brown Sugar Pound Cake

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Medium

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: 12-15



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