Million Dollar Pound Cake – Cookies and Cups

Million Dollar Pound Cake is straight out of my Grandma’s recipe box. It’s buttery, dense, soft and moist. I topped mine with honey buttercream and fresh blueberries. It’s the PERFECT pound cake!

I am excited to have developed this recipe in partnership with Bob’s Red Mill. I have used their products for years, and love getting the opportunity to collaborate. All opinions expressed are my own.

Did I ever tell you my favorite food group is cake? Especially cakes that you can top with ALL the things like this Million Dollar Pound Cake…frosting, fruits, whipped cream, candy, caramel sauce, chocolate ganache, a dusting of powdered sugar…kind of like a choose your own adventure cake.

Now, I don’t know why this is called “Million Dollar” pound cake, I’m just the messenger here. I found this recipe in my mom’s recipe card box, and it said that it was “From the Kitchen of Arlene”. I have zero recollection of an Arlene in my childhood, but dang, she made a good cake.


Million Dollar Pound Cake

The cake itself is freaking ridiculous. You know I love a good buttery, pound cake, and this one stands up to all the rest. The texture is dense, but with a soft, moist crumb. It’s buttery, rich, and the edges have a sweet crunch.

I really can’t say enough about the texture of this cake…ESPECIALLY if you let it sit overnight. I adore this cake warm…because duh, who doesn’t like warm cake? But if you have patience, let it sit overnight, and all the flavors combine beautifully, and the cake gets dense and soft. Seriously, it’s that good.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

In a cake that is so simple, like this one, you really have to rely on quality ingredients to achieve the best flavor. Use good eggs, use pure vanilla extract, use high quality butter, and of course use the best flour. I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached All Purpose Flour… it’s unbleached, unbromated, enriched baking flour milled from high quality North American wheat. It’s perfect to use in cakes, cookies, yeast breads, biscuits, muffins…literally everything.

Bob’s Red Mill products are also certified Kosher, and made with ingredients grown from non-GMO seeds. So, beyond being flavorful, I feel good about the ingredients that I use to feed my family.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

The cake batter is really simple, only 6 ingredients. This cake bakes at a lower temperature for about an hour and forty minutes, letting the cake bake all the way through, while giving the edges a golden brown color without burning.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

And once it’s baked and cooled is when you can get creative. I topped mine with a creamy honey buttercream frosting that is INSANE btw.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

…and some gorgeous blueberries, since they are fully in season here in NJ right now.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

Like are you even for real right now? The cake, the frosting, the berries…

Million Dollar Pound Cake

I highly suggest you cut yourself a small(ish) slice.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

I mean, if cake is your thing.


Million Dollar Pound Cake

Million Dollar Pound Cake

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 100 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12


This is a dense, classic-style pound cake with a fantastic flavor and buttery, soft texture, topped with a creamy honey buttercream frosting.


  • 1 pound salted butter (4 sticks), room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (or 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1 teaspoon almond or coconut extract)
  • 4 cups all purpose Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar

optional – garnish with berries


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Coat a 10- inch (10 – 15 cup) bundt pan liberally with nonstick spray. Alternately you can coat the pan with butter/shortening and dust it with flour or powdered sugar, tapping off excess. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 3 minutes, until fluffy and pale in color. Add in the eggs and extract(s), mixing for 1 minute until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Turn mixer to low and add in the flour and buttermilk in alternating portions until just combined, beginning and ending with the flour.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes, and then invert the pan onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To prepare the frosting, in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and honey together on medium speed for 1 minute, until smooth. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the powdered sugar. Once it’s all added in, turn the mixer up to medium and beat for 30 seconds until creamy and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  7. Spread or pipe the frosting onto the top of the cooled cake. Top with berries if desired.


I noted in the ingredients that you can use a combination of extracts. I prefer the combination of 1 teaspoon of vanilla with 1 teaspoon of almond extract or coconut extract best.

Also, I really prefer this cake either served warm OR after it has sat overnight. Letting the cake sit covered airtight overnight gives it a dense, moist texture, as well as enhancing the flavor.

You can also serve this with berries and whipped cream, or ice cream.

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