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Pink Pound Cake

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When I was around 5 or 6 years old I had my first taste of pound cake. I remember the entire experience vividly as it revolved around my next door neighbor, Kate's, grandmother from Pawley's Islands, SC and her legendary recipe. Whenever I went over to visit and her grandmother was in town, I knew a slice of that pound cake was in my future. At that point most of the desserts I had tried were quite sweet and in the form of a cake, cupcake, cookie or bar. This was nothing like them. Light, tender and the perfect amount of sweetness in every bite in a big dome shape.

When I was trying to think of my dream dessert for Mother's Day this year using my favorite standing mixer, pound cake immediately came to mind. I really wanted to make a cake in the shape of a heart with swirls of fresh raspberry throughout and it turned out even better than I could have imagined. So yummy that I think I've made six or seven in the past two weeks alone.

This year for Mother's Day I've teamed up with KitchenAid and their Cook For The Cure program which has raised more than $9 million benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. To read more about the amazing work they're doing you can read here!

Pink Pound Cake

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake  (serves 8-10)

  • Prep Time: 20 mins,
  • Cook Time: 1 hrs, 30 mins,
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When I was around 5 or 6 years old I had my first taste of pound cake. I remember the entire experience vividly as it revolved around my next door neighbor, Kate's, grandmother from Pawley's Islands, SC and her legendary recipe. Whenever I went over to...


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a bundt pan with butter and flour. Defrost the raspberries.
  2. 2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy in a Kitchen Aid standing mixer, about 5 minutes.Β 
  3. 3. Add the eggs one at a time, making sure to incorporate each one. Add the vanilla.
  4. 4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. 5. Add the flour and sour cream alternately, 1/3 at a time, until combined.
  6. 6. In a bowl, mash the defrosted raspberries with a fork (you can use fresh, but frozen works better) until it is mostly smooth. Some chunks will remain, that’s okay.
  7. 7. Pour 1/2 the batter into the prepared bundt pan and dot with 1/2 of the pureed raspberries. Pour in the remaining batter and dot with the remaining pureed raspberries.
  8. 8. Using a long skewer or a butter knife, swirl the puree dots into the batter to form red swirls throughout.
  9. 9. Place the cake in the oven and bake for 90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

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  1. maryam

    August 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    hi, just LOVE this recipe! :)
    but I was wondering if I can make this in a muffin pan, what do you think?

    • Catherine McCord

      August 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Yes! I’ve made it in a doughnut pan, so I think it will work great as muffins! Bake for 18-20 minutes!

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  6. Elizabeth

    September 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Made it and loved it, then combined it with my cream cheese pound cake recipe. To everyone looking for a healthier version of pound cake, Im sorry to disappoint you but this is the healthier version. A true pound cake has 4 sticks of butter and 3 cups of sugar. A pound of flour, a pound of sugar and a pound of butter.

  7. Jett Whitfield

    May 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Pound cakes are always a favorite at my house! I can’t wait to bake this one =)

  8. aprilgaietto

    May 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Made this for our dessert tonight and it was really tasty. Thanks for the recipe. First pound cake I’ve ever made.

  9. Charlene

    May 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Oops my own replacement ingredient didn’t turn out too great. I guess butter & sugar couldn’t be omitted in this one..

  10. Hollie Garcia

    May 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Just got this in the oven for a Mother’s Day get together this afternoon! Thanks Catherine, and a Happy Mother’s Day to you! You definitely make being a mom more fun and healthy in the kitchen πŸ˜‰

  11. Charlene

    May 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I used 1 cup plain yogurt + 1/2 tsp baking soda for sour cream. Also used 3 1/2 bananas(mashed) & 1/2 cup olive oil to replace butter & sugar. Then i substitute ground flaxseed for the eggs. Added a little soy milk. In the oven now, can’t wait how it turn out !

  12. Yulia

    May 12, 2013 at 4:57 am

    What is the alternative of the sour cream? Can i just use the regular double cream instead?

  13. Melanie

    May 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    The recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of butter. Is there a way to make a healthier version?

    • catherine

      May 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Its a poundcake! It isn’t supposed to be healthier! πŸ˜‰

  14. Rebekah

    May 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    How would it be if I substituted frozen strawberries or blueberries instead?

    • catherine

      May 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Either will work beautifully!

  15. Sharon

    May 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Can u tell me where you purchased the bundt pan for this cake?

  16. Mary Bernardo

    May 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    2 cups of sugar seems too much – can we cut it to 1 1/4 – 1 1/2?

  17. Sarah M

    May 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I wish I had a kitchen aid stand mixer to make this. Ohhh…to dream. This pound cake looks so delicious. Well, my Aunt has a stand mixer…maybe I’ll have her make this…hehe

    • aprilgaietto

      May 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      I just used a hand mixer and it turned out fine.

  18. Livia

    May 9, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Would love to make this subbing my gluten free flour. What would you think i coud sub for sour cream? I need it dairy free too :/

    • Meredith S

      May 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

      I love the Tofutti brand sour cream replacement. I haven’t tried baking with it, but I’m going to try it with this recipe.

      Could I make this without the berries? I would like just a plain pound cake. Would I need to add any more liquid?

  19. Diana @ Eating Made Easy

    May 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I love pound cake too! So rich and buttery, Love the idea of adding a fruit swirl.