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Recipe: Powdered Sugar Pound Cake with Pecans

Summary: With its fine crumb and almost candylike pecan-studded shell, this is pound cake gone fancy.


  • 3/4 pound (1 1/2 cups) butter (I used unsalted butter and added ½ teaspoon salt to the recipe)
  • 1 pound (3 1/2 cups) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used 2 teaspoons Heilala Vanilla Extract [1])
  • 2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (I used 1/3 cup chopped pecans)


  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Beat butter in a large bowl with a mixer until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.
  2. Heavily butter and flour a 10-in. (12-cup) plain or decorative tube pan (I sprayed it with Baker’s Joy); add almonds (or pecans), then tilt pan to coat inside with nuts. Scrape batter into pan and smooth top.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. Let cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes (I recommend 10 minutes), then run a knife around edges of tube to loosen cake. Turn out onto rack and let cool at least 1 hour. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature, cut into thin slices.
  4. Make ahead: Up to 2 days, airtight at room temperature.
  5. Yield: Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)


Adapted from Sunset Magazine [2]. Original recipe by a reader known only as G.L. from Bremerton, Washington, who gave it to them in 1963. They serve it frequently at staff parties.

Bundt cakes I have baked on Shockingly Delicious

Jan. 2014: Powdered Sugar Pound Cake with Pecans [3]
Oct. 2013: Banana Butterfinger Bundt Cake [4]
Feb. 2013: Quadruple Chocolate Bundt Cake [5]
Jan. 2013: Soaked and Glazed Lemon Cake
Dec. 2012: Eggnog Rum Pound Cake
Nov. 2012: Nutmeg Bundt Cake
Oct. 2012: Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze
Sept. 2012: Zucchini Cookie Butter Bundt Cake [6]

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hours 30 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 16
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

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Bundt Bakers

This month, for the inaugural edition of Bundt Bakers, our theme and ingredient of choice is NUTS.  We have almonds and walnuts, pistachios and hazelnuts and lots of pecans, all baked into delicious Bundt cakes. It’s a wonderful array of nutty cakes for you today, hosted by Stacy of Food Lust People Love [8].

This month our Bundt Bakers are:

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Disclosure: Heilala sent the vanilla for recipe development.