McCall’s Best Pound Cake 1963 Version

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McCall’s Best Pound Cake 1963 Version is the latest pound cake recipe I’ve tested for my Pound Cake Recipes Reviewed Series. It comes from McCall’s Cooking School cookbook and came highly recommended.

This cake is tender and buttery with a classic vanilla flavor. Yes, there is a later version that I’ll be making and sharing my thoughts on it at a later day.

McCall\'s Best Pound Cake

I have tested a lot of pound cake recipes, but have a few more to share. As well, I have made pound cakes with fruit and nuts.

McCall’s Best Pound Cake 1963 Version

If memory serves me correctly, this is the only pound cake thus far that does not contain milk, buttermilk, cream cheese, sour cream, or the like. When you’re reading the ingredients below, that is not an omission.

This McCall’s Best Pound Cake 1963 Version makes a tall beautiful cake. It has a nice, soft texture. It did not have that crusty outside that I prefer. (My Whipping Cream Pound Cake and Million Dollar Pound Cake have that crust top and outside if that’s what you’re looking for.) This cake has a buttery, vanilla flavor and would be great served with caramel sauce, Pecan Pie Caramel Sauce, sweetened fresh fruit, ice cream, and/or whipped cream.

I wrote a post titled Bake the Best Pound Cake. That I highly recommend you read. I put every minute tip I could think of for baking pound cakes in that post. I get a lot of comments on my pound cake recipes. The number one reason a cake doesn’t bake properly is your oven temperature is off and needs calibrating. If your desserts aren’t baking correctly according to the recipe, check this first. I have tips for that here: How to Calibrate your Oven.


  • egg whites at room temperature
  • all-purpose flour sifted
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • granulated sugar
  • egg yolks
  •  butter at room temperature
  • vanilla or almond extract. 
McCall\'s Best Pound Cake 1963 Version

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McCall’s Best Pound Cake 1963 Version is tender and buttery with a classic vanilla flavor. Yes, there is a later version that I’ll be making and sharing my thoughts on it at a later day.
Author: Paula
4.85 from 19 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 18 slices



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare a 10-inch, 12 cup bundt or tube pan with Wilton Cake Release or grease with solid vegetable shortening then flour or sugar. I dust it with granulated sugar after I grease it with Crisco shortening. The sugar doesn't leave white areas in the cake. You can also use two 9x5x3 inch loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites on high speed until foamy. Gradually beat in 1cup sugar, 1/4 cup at a time. Beating after each addition. Continue beating until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  • Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg yolks on high speed with remaining sugar, butter, and vanilla (or almond) until light and fluffy. This will take about 5 minutes.
  • Turn the mixer down to low speed and blend in flour mixture until smooth and well combined.
  • Still on low speed, gradually beat in the egg whites until just blended. Scrap the sides of the bowl.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 60 to 65 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the thickest part comes out clean or with dry crumbs. (My cake was cooked at 60 minutes.)
  • Cool on a wire rack 20 to 30 minutes before inverting onto a serving tray. 
  • Cool completely before covering.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is really flavorful and really delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing pound cake recipe! Well done! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    I have been using version for years. Even have to mail one to family each year. Flavor gets better when it sits a day or 2.

    1. I use salted, it’s a personal preference. It is recommended by the ‘experts’ to use unsalted butter in baking though.

  3. 5 stars
    Paula, How many egg whites? This recipe sounds great.


    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  4. All of the links to How to calibrate your oven take you to various places. But none to an article actually about how to do it. The link in the McAll’s pound cake takes you to Kentucky Hot Brown recipes. Can you please help by providing me with an accurate link. Love your site and your new recipes with coconut oil and almond milk. I appreciate the healthier alternatives when I can also. Il

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