Brown Sugar Pound Cake

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A twist on the traditional, this brown sugar pound cake with cream cheese icing is perfect when you want to impress! Great for both potlucks and parties.

brown sugar pound cake on crystal cake stand

Traditions are so important to our family. Some have developed over the years and others are added into the mix.

Each year the birthday kid gets to pick his favorite meal and dessert. Sometimes I think this is as important as the gifts that are given! Obviously we all have our favorites but mama always does the cooking!

Today is my birthday and I picked Li’l Ceasars(!), but at other times it might be Slow Cooker Taco Soup with Jiffy Corn Bread or Chicken and Chipped Beef (one from my childhood.)

For holidays, some foods are family tradition (for Thanksgiving we have to have turkey, broccoli casserole and cranberry apple casserole) and some are still open for discussion!

My husband and oldest son simply adore this brown sugar pound cake. It requires a bit of work but I’m rewarded with lots of thanks and hugs!

Brown Sugar Pound Cake from Marty's Musings

More recently we celebrated our extended family Easter dinner a week early this year.

Maybe you remember the crazy family pictures I shared last year?

The normal picture ……

Family Easter Celebration from Marty's Musings

and the crazy one?

Easter Family Celebration

Here we are in 2013. Normal….

Family Easter Celebration from Marty's Musings

and crazy!

Easter Family Celebration

We celebrated at my niece’s house and among the other delicious foods we shared, I also made my homemade Brown Sugar Pound Cake.

I’m not a huge fan of pound cake in general because often they are too dry. This recipe satisfies my need for a moist and delicious cake.

This cake takes a little bit of work but I believe it will become a family favorite for you, too!

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

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Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Delightful pound cake with secret ingredients of brown sugar and pancake syrup, topped with cream cheese icing.
Course Dessert
Servings 12
Author Marty’s Musings


  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 tbs pancake syrup
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/8 cup milk
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 3 1/2 oz. pkg cream cheese
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 box powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Beat sugars and eggs.
  • Add shortening and butter. Cream thoroughly.
  • Add vanilla and syrup.
  • Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with milk.
  • Mix well.
  • Pour into well greased and floured tube (bundt) pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool and then cream together butter, cream cheese and vanilla.
  • Add in one box powdered sugar.
  • May add a little milk for a thinner consistency.


Cake may also be made as a 13×9 sheet cake. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
For an icing that is easier to pour add a few drops of milk until desired consistency.

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    1. Hey, April! Let me know how you like the Brown Sugar Pound Cake! It’s Tim’s favorite for birthday (I tend to stick to chocolate!) but it really is good for breakfast! Hope you’re doing well, my friend.