Cold Oven Brown Sugar Whipping Cream Pound Cake

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Cold Oven Brown Sugar Whipping Cream Pound Cake is perfectly moist and velvety on the inside with that crusty top that’s loved so much.

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Cold Oven Brown Sugar Whipping Cream Pound Cake

Thanks for joining me again in my Pound Cake series. Today I’m sharing with you this Cold Oven Brown Sugar Whipping Cream Pound Cake. Brown sugar gives this pound cake a debt of flavor unlike those made with granulated sugar. I would describe it as ‘more earthy’.

I added a caramel glaze since the cake itself isn’t very sweet. I’m always in for adding caramel to anything! You may prefer to omit the caramel glaze.

Cold Oven Brown Sugar Whipping Cream Pound Cake

This Cold Oven Brown Sugar Whipping Cream Pound Cake is sweet without being overly sweet especially if you leave off the caramel frosting. You may want to serve the cake with fresh berries, ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream.

Whole whipping cream pound cake with caramel icing on a table.

What you’ll need for this cake

The full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions is at the bottom of this post. You can save a tree and the recipe to your personal and private recipe box here on Call Me PMc. This way, you’ll never misplace it.

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
One slice of pound cake with caramel icing and one bite of the cake on a fork.

You may be asking yourself, why a ‘cold oven’? Honestly, I have baked pound cakes in both a cold oven and a preheated oven and can’t tell any difference in texture. Obviously, the cold oven takes slightly longer to bake. If you google ‘why bake a pound cake in a cold oven’ you’ll get very passionate responses on both sides of ‘do bake in a cold oven’ versus ‘always preheat your oven’. I’m telling you, I’ve tested both on the exact same pound cake recipe and could not tell a difference.

Pound cake with caramell icing dripping off and one slice missing from full cake.

Pound Cake Tips

  1. I prefer to bake my pound cakes in a tube pan versus a bundt pan. Several of my pound cakes in this series have too much batter for a standard bundt pan. I use this Calphalon Nonstick 10-inch Tube pan for almost all of my pound cakes.
  2. For any cake, be diligent about measuring your flour accurately. I wrote this post that will help you if you’re not sure how to measure: How to Correctly Measure Flour.
  3. Allow yourself time to cream the butter (or fat) and sugar for a pound cake. Don’t be tempted to rush the process. You want to cream it until it is light in color and fluffy.
  4. As well, don’t dump the eggs in all at once. Add them one at a time beating until you can no longer see the egg before you add another one.
  5. To test for doneness, insert a long skewer into the thickest part of the cake. The cake is done when no crumbs or dry crumbs remain on the skewer when removed.
  6. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter.
  7. Cool the cake completely before covering.
  8. Pound cakes without a cream cheese frosting can be stored in an airtight container on the countertop for 3 to 4 days.

Cold Oven Brown Sugar Whipping Cream Pound Cake is perfectly moist and velvety on the inside with that crusty top that's loved so much.

Cold Oven Brown Sugar Whipping Cream Pound Cake

Cold Oven Brown Sugar Whipping Cream Pound Cake is soft, moist and tender on the inside with that crusty top that everyone loves. Like the name suggests it starts in a cold oven and gently bakes for about 80 to 90 minutes. 
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
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Brown Sugar Pound Cake

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Caramel Frosting

  • 4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 ounces whole milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream


Brown Sugar Pound Cake

  • Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan or a 12 cup bundt with solid vegetable shortening. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar over shortening and swirl the tube pan around so that the sugar finely coats the shortening. (This helps the cake from sticking as well as create that crust on the outside of the cake.) Alternately, you can use Wilton Cake Release. Preheat the oven to 325°F. (Alternately, you can start in a cold oven. As referenced above, I can't tell the difference when starting in a cold versus a preheated oven.)
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy.
  • Add brown sugar and granulated sugar to butter mixture and cream together until smooth about 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs to the butter mixture one at a time. Allow each egg to be incorporated into the mixture before adding the next egg.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder.
  • Add flour and whipping cream to butter mixture alternately beginning and ending with flour.
  • Add the vanilla extract.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Place in a cold oven and bake at 325 degrees F for 80 to 90 minutes.
  • Cake is done with a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean or with dry crumbs.
  • Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack or serving platter.
  • Cool completely before frosting. (optional).
  • Store on the countertop or refrigerator in an airtight container.

Caramel Frosting

  • Bring the sugar, butter, milk, and salt to a boil.
  • Boil 3 minutes stirring often.
  • Remove from the heat. 
  • Add baking powder and vanilla.
  • Beat at med speed with an electric mixer for 5 to 7 minutes or until thick.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Drizzle over pound cake.


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Calories: 743kcal | Carbohydrates: 113g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 93g | Vitamin A: 868IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. I made this cake ( 1/2 recipe) in a loaf pan with the cold oven method. The texture and flavor is delicious but I did not get the crispy crust on top that I was hoping for. Do you think I need to lower oven temperature to 300 degrees?

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