Butter Cake vs Pound Cake

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Let’s discuss butter cake vs pound cake and see the difference! If you are a dessert lover, you probably will never refuse a slice of butter cake after a meal. Butter cake looks so similar to pound cake, you can never tell the difference just by looking at those two.

butter cake

These two cakes are often (not always ) made in a Bundt baking pan, so the shape are similar. And on top of that, they both have the same buttery taste.

Butter cakes are lighter in texture and bigger in volumes.

Pound cakes have a much denser texture while butter cakes are lighter. You can only tell this after eating these two and comparing them.

Even though pound cakes and butter cakes use the same ingredients and have almost similar flavor, they are different in texture.

For cake lovers, we are grateful for these two kinds of cakes. We can choose a denser one for pound cake and a lighter one for butter cake.

And you know what, those two cakes are so easy to make, even for a beginner.

The Light Butter Cake

Butter Cake ingredients include softened unsalted butter, sugar, and eggs (yolks and whites separated), all at room temperature. Other ingredients are vanilla extract, salt, flour, baking powder, baking soda, buttermilk or milk or whipping cream.

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The liquid part (buttermilk, whole milk, or whipping cream) is the one ingredient to determine the moistness of the cake.

Some egg whites are mixed separately from the butter mixture. This will make the cake lighter in texture.

Remember to mix in the egg yolks into the butter mixture one by one. Put in the next egg yolk only after it mixes well in the batter. It seems unimportant but it is very crucial to get the nice, soft texture in the cake.

Nowadays, butter cake remains a beloved cake around the world for its rich, moist, and buttery flavor. It has become a favorite cake for special occasions and daily desserts.

The Dense Pound Cake

Pound cake originated in Europe. It is traditionally made with using a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, and a pound of flour. That’s how the name comes from.

Original recipe of pound cake does not use baking powder, which gives it a compact and denser crumb. Some pound cake recipe call for just a little baking powder.

Pound cake’s ingredients are similar to butter cake. They are unsalted butter, sugar, and eggs. The eggs are not separated, so whole eggs are used in pound cake.

Some pound cake calls for six whole eggs and six egg yolks, hence the dense texture in the cake.

Other ingredients are vanilla extract, salt, and flour. Add only half teaspoon of baking powder to rise the cake


So now you understand the difference between butter cake vs pound cake, you probably still love these two. After all, their rich, buttery flavor is all you need for a simple dessert, right?

I myself prefer butter cake because I love the moist and tender, light texture. Still I would not refuse a slice of pound cake.

Here are some butter cake recipes you want to check!

Swirled Chocolate Marble Butter Cake

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