15 Delicious Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipes You’ll Love

Sour cream has recently become a baking ingredient that has caused it to fly off shelves at grocery stores. It has recently been used more regularly in baking for its fatty features.

Being one of the most fattiest dairy products, swapping out your milk for sour cream will result in a much more moist and rich cake.

Not only this, but sour cream adds a lot of tang and funk to a recipe due to the live microbial bacteria present in sour cream which is great for gut health.

If you are already far into your baking journey, exploring the world of dairy is fascinating and results in some subtly different bakes.

Learning how and where to use sour cream could take you to the next level in recipe making and baking. Impress all your friends and family with these 15 delicious sour cream cake recipes.

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Pound cakes are super easy recipes where the ingredients are all pretty similar volumes. This makes it super easy to make and is perfect for the busy bakers who don’t have too much time to spare.

The sour cream adds a lot of moisture to the cake while still keeping its methods pretty easy, the acid in sour cream acts as a tenderizer to the gluten in the flour.

This sour cream pound cake recipe uses a prepared bundt pan which makes the cake look great with little effort. Add some ice cream or chocolate sauce along with fresh berries and whipped cream on top of the cake to add some different flavors and make it special.

Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake

The moistness that the sour cream adds to the pound cake is particularly welcome and appreciated in this chocolate sour cream pound cake recipe.

Not only does the sour cream add a lot of moisture but also adds some great tangy and funky flavor that is subtle but helps to cut through the rich chocolate cake and icing. This is still an easy recipe to make but looks and tastes much fancier than your default pound cake.

Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake

The moistness sour cream brings to this lemon cake can produce a cake similar to a lemon drizzle cake but without so much effort.

The lemon flavor really comes through in the moist and crumbly sponge and is a lovely light delight for the summer months, especially when it’s too hot to bother baking all day. This recipe should be done relatively quickly in comparison. Allow the cake to cool completely before adding the lemon glaze.

Blueberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

Didn’t you think your pound cake was moist enough with the addition of sour cream? Well think again with this blueberry sour cream pound cake where the blueberries add levels of moisture far beyond your imagination.

What’s more, the whole recipe is still super easy and quick, a relief for emergency cake makers. Roll your blueberries in a flour mixture before adding them and they wont sink to the bottom and give you that infamous soggy bottom.

Brown Sugar Sour Cream Pound Cake

For the cake that has some subtle and nuanced flavors to impress the practiced bakers among us, this recipe has it all. The recipe simply uses brown or demerara sugar in place of white, and sour cream in place of some dairy. The inclusion of vanilla extract helps to sweeten the sour cream.

This makes a cake that is just sweet enough and has the funky tang of sour cream to compliment. This cake goes well with basically anything, but fresh fruit might be a welcome freshness to counteract the caramelly flavors on the pound cake. 

Sour Cream Pound Cake with Date and Walnut swirl and a Tangerine Glaze

Don’t let the name fool you, this is another sour cream pound cake recipe that will be finished in an hour but simply with the finesse and execution that seems like it took days.

The addition of walnuts and dates gives the pound cake a vibe that works well in fall. Not only does the trusty sour cream add moisture, but the dates do also.

A tangerine glaze adds only more moisture as well as citrus notes which chop through the sweetness like a samurai. The outcome is a moist and slightly chewy bake that will impress your guests but save on time.

Coffee Sour Cream Pound Cake with Cinnamon and Walnut Swirl

This pound cake is rich and the sour cream adds a buttery twist on this easy to make classic. The cinnamon and nut swirl is a great addition and adds a different sort of sweetness that is complimented by the funk of the sour cream.

This is another bundt cake recipe that will make it seem like you were hard at work all night, when in reality this simple recipe took an hour to whip up in anticipation of guests.

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Pound Cake

If you want something a little sweeter but just as moist and easy, then this chocolate chip sour cream pound cake recipe should check all your boxes.

The chocolate chips are the perfect compliment to the sour cream element and balances tartness with sweetness. As you can expect tehes chocolate chips add a lot of moisture to the cake even more than it already had.

Cherry Sour Cream Pound Cake

This is a German twist on this classic recipe with the use of cherries. The cherries add a sourness that compliments the sour cream and also an earthy sweetness that is great in the cake. The cherries add flavor as well as color.

This recipe is another that takes no time to make but will impress everyone at your next coffee morning. Add some almonds to compliment the cherries and enjoy with some coffee.

Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake with Cherry Compote

If you do want to take a little more time with your pound cake then this is a great way to do that. By adding a cherry compote, not only will you impress your guests, but also add the perfect sweet counter balance for the buttery and crumbly cake underneath.

Moreover, the cherry compote adds some great variation in texture. With the addition of lemon in the sponge this recipe works really well as a springtime cake, perfect with a tea.

Almond Sour Cream Pound Cake

This almond flavored sour cream pound cake is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of fresh coffee. Almond and coffee are a great combination and you will never appreciate it more than with this cake.

The almonds add some nice crunch that is great in the moist cake. The recipe is super easy but the result is an elegant and subtle cake that tastes great, works well with adults, and doesn’t take too long.

Even though it took no time to make it will still seem really elegant and adds some texture to the well loved classic.

Orange Sour Cream Pound Cake

This orange sour cream pound cake is a citrusy spin on the recipe that offers a light flavor to compliment the cakes dense body, thanks to the sour cream. The funk of the sour cream goes great with the orange flavors.

The addition in the recipe of icing and garnish helps make this simple recipe into one that seems fancy and like it requires a lot of effort. This recipe also shapes the cake into a summer treat that is enjoyed at garden parties or any potluck.

Marbled Sour Cream Pound Cake

This really heightens the ‘I spent loads of time on this’, when you really didn’t, factor to another level. Thank all your dinner party praise on this centre table dessert that looks amazing.

The combination of a vanilla and chocolate sponge sounds hard but is pretty easy and the beauty is in the madness rather than having to fret over fiddly cake designs.

These marbled cakes can often come out dry so the sour cream is necessary to make sure the cake tastes as good as it looks. Rest assured this is one cake kids will love for its cool design.

Pecan Sour Cream Pound Cake

This is another nutty recipe that is easy to make and looks great even though it’s a quick and easy bake. The pecans really add some welcome nuttiness to the buttery notes the sour cream brings as well as some welcome crunch to the moist cake.

This elegant and adult dessert is perfect with an afternoon tea and has a slight orange zing that will bring some brightness to your day. This one will impress any grannie.

Key Lime Sour Cream Pound Cake

Combining the American home classics of key lime pie and sour cream pound cake is this recipe that will have you speechless in adoration, and it’s unlike most other pound cakes. Lime is the perfect sour but sweet addition which unsurprisingly compliments the sour cream really well.

The marriage of flavors results is a classic that remains buttery savoury in spite of its ingredients. Moreover this is still such a short recipe but the small addition of icing makes for a special bake that wouldn’t go amiss at any occasion.

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Kathryn Sewell

Hi! I'm Kate and I have been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. I like to share the most interesting tips and recipes I try here on What Kate Baked for you to enjoy. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share send it over on social.

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