Grandma’s Classic Pound Cake with Champagne Glaze

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Pound cake

Ugh, moving is such a pain and it’s never easy! I have moved so many times, I could be a professional. That’s why we need things like Pound Cake with Champagne Glaze in our lives.  Last week I received an email from Roxana from Roxana’s Home Baking inviting me to attend a virtual housewarming party for Ashton of the Something Swanky blog. Ashton moved into a new house this week and since we can’t be there in person, we are throwing her a virtual housewarming party!  Welcome to your new home, Ashton!

Although I have never met Ashton in person, I am a huge fan of hers (blog stalker). Besides creating amazing desserts (I swear by her poke cake recipes), Ashton provides her readers with extremely helpful and easy to follow design tutorials. I have learned so much from her already; I am hoping to get the chance to meet her in person someday!

To welcome Ashton to her new house, I made my grandmother’s classic pound cake with a champagne glaze. After all, champagne is the best way to celebrate, right?! My mom raves about this pound cake and now I know why. It’s dense and full of vanilla flavor. My Grandmother always baked with margarine, so I figured she must have done that for a reason. My mom says it’s “the best pound cake she has ever had.”

Pound cake

Grandma’s Pound Cake

1 C (2 sticks) Margarine- at room temperature

1/2 C Crisco

3 C Sugar

5 Large eggs- at room temperature

3 C All-purpose flour

1/2 tsp Baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 1/4 C Milk- at room temperature

1 tsp Vanilla

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Prepare a generously greased and floured bundt pan.
  • Allow margarine to come to room temperature. Cream together the margarine, and Crisco until smooth. Beat in sugar and cream it until well blended. Don’t rush this step; allow to beat for at least 5 minutes.
  • Slowly add eggs 1 at a time and make sure each one is well mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour first and then measure out 3 cups. Sift an additional 2 times. Yes, that’s 3 rounds of sifting, your hand might not like it, but just do it! Add baking powder and salt.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients and then half of the milk. Add the second half of your dry ingredients, followed by the remaining milk. Continue to beat until all ingredients are well combined. Add vanilla last.
  • Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes. Do not open oven door while baking. Check to see if your cake is done by inserting a toothpick into the middle. If it comes out clean, your cake is done. Baking times may vary by oven. Allow cake to cool for at least 30 minutes before attempting to remove from the pan.

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Champagne Glaze
Makes 2 Cups

1/2 C Butter

1/4 C Water

1 C Granulated sugar

1/2 C Champagne

Powdered sugar for dusting

  • Melt butter over medium heat in a sauce pan.Stir in water and sugar, bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes on medium-high while stirring constantly. Mixture will become bubbly and thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in champagne, continue to mix till smooth.
  • Once the cake is done (and while still warm), leave it in the pan. Use a toothpick or fork to poke holes on the bottom. Pour half of the glaze on the bottom of the cake and allow it to absorb. Save the other half and drizzle over the top of the cake once you remove it from the pan.
  • Remove after 30 minutes to 1 hour. Careful not to let it sit for too long as it will become very difficult to remove from the pan.
  • Once you remove the cake from the pan and your glaze has set, finish it off with powdered sugar on top!

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One of the best parts about reading blogs is getting to know the authors and finding new blogs to follow. I can’t tell you how many amazing blogs I have found in the past 6 months. Please check out the other bloggers who joined the party! I wish I could try all of these tasty treats!

Kate at Food Babbles – Raspberry Lemon Coffee Cake

Anna at Crunchy Creamy Sweet – Glazed Vanilla Donut Muffins

Loretta at A Finn in the Kitchen – Caramelized Almond Nougat Mousse Ice-cream

Joanne at Fifteen Spatulas – Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Ashley at Kitchen Meets Girl – Blueberry Muffins

Amber at Bluebonnets and Brownies – Lemon Drop Cookies

Dorothy at Crazy for Crust – Reese’s Fudge

Joan at Chocolate Chocolate and more – Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Quiche

Roxana at Roxana’s Home Baking – Banana Sheet Cake

Julie at White Lights on Wednesday – Mocha Cupcake Milkshake

Hayley at The Domestic Rebel – Banana Split Poke Cake

Tanya at Lemons for Lulu – Lemon Muffins

Natasha at The Cake Merchant – Nutella Layer Cake

Jocelyn at Inside Brucrew Life – Butterscoth Banana Muffins

40 Responses
  1. Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky

    I am obsessed with desserts! Definitely classic pound cake will be yummy! I’m seriously so inspired right now. I need to add cinnamon to recipe and it would be perfect. Thx for sharing Julianne!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Mary Ann- sorry for the confusion. The recipe calls to “cream together” the butter and the sugar. There is no cream in the recipe. You just need to continue to beat it until it is smooth and creamy.

  2. BB Kay

    did you ever try this with the butter instead? It looks amazing, and sounds nice for a brunch. I’m throwing a friend a ‘sprinkle’ for her 3rd child (first daughter!) and would love to make it! let me know if butter works, b/c I have everything else and am dying for a reason to pop the champagne!

    1. beyondfrosting

      Hey there! Yes I have made this with butter instead of margarine and it is fantastic! They two can be used interchangeably. Thanks for stopping by

  3. CateyLou

    A virtual housewarming – I love it!! Champagne is definitely the perfect way to celebrate, and a champagne glaze?! Even better! This cake looks amazing – so moist and pretty!

    1. beyondfrosting

      Hi Catey! Yes, it is my first virtual party that I attended but I must say it was so exciting to see what everyone was making!

  4. Jocelyn

    That is a gorgeous looking cake!!! Now I am really wishing we could have had this party in person for Ashton…I need some of this cake in my life!! And champagne glaze sounds like the perfect way to celebrate a new house.

  5. themondaybox

    Beautiful photos of a delicious looking cake! I wonder about the margarine. Did your grandmother use it because it changes the crumb of the cake or because that is what was used most ( cost, “healthy” vs “unhealthy” fats) in baking at that time? I guess you would have to experiment with a butter version to find out. The research could be delicious! 🙂

    1. beyondfrosting

      Hi Wendy! I wish she was still alive so I could ask her! A lot of her recipes call for margarine instead of butter, even her sugar cookies. I absolutely want to make this cake with butter to see how to changes the crumb!

  6. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

    This looks beautiful! And such a tight crumb (#bakingnerd)! I love that last shot…just gorgeous…

  7. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

    I love the virtual housewarming idea, so sweet! Your cake looks so good too, love the sound of the champagne glaze!

  8. Kate | Food Babbles

    I bet this is the best pound cake!! It looks absolutely amazing! I wish I had a nice big slice right now. Lovely addition to the party!

  9. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl

    Oh my, this cake looks amazing–and that glaze?!?! YES! It was so nice “meeting” you at Ashton’s party! 🙂

  10. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    There are two things I need right now – a big slice of this pound cake and a small bowl with more champagne glaze to dip some more my cake in. That sounds out of this world good!

  11. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    That pound cake looks SO incredible! And I love that champagne is in it because, let’s face it, moving is drab and we all need a little bubbly to uplift us when we’re lifting heavy boxes! 🙂

  12. somethingswanky

    OH my goodness! This looks amazing! And it’s SO sweet of you to do this!!! Oh my gosh, I was SO surprised. You all are so sneaky, sneaky!! 🙂

    1. beyondfrosting

      YEAH! Thanks Ashton! I hope you enjoy your new yard and I am so excited to see what recipes you are creating in the new kitchen!

  13. Julie @White Lights on Wednesday

    I am all over any dessert that brings a little champagne in the picture. Can’t wait to try this recipe Julianne.

    1. beyondfrosting

      Hi Julie! Oh my gosh, your cupcake milkshake needs to meet some champagne pound cake and we can create some serious goodness! It was great to “meet” you!

    1. beyondfrosting

      Hi Tanya! HA, you make a good point! Next time I move, I need to make sure to make one of these before I pack. Great to “meet” you at the party!

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