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All this month, the Baking Club is baking its way through our own Erin McDowell’s cookbook, The Fearless Baker, and her many pound cakes have proved to be very popular. It’s not all that surprising, given that pound cakes are buttery, moist, and pretty easy to justify as breakfast given that they’re often baked in loaf pans (it’s bread, not cake, right?) and served sans frosting (an icing drizzle is entirely different, obviously).

Vanilla, almond (with a raspberry swirl), and honey pound cakes—we’ll take one of each, please! Photos by Chris Hoelck, Debbi Smirnoff, Catarina Castruccio-Prince

Club member Chris Hoelck made McDowell’s Vanilla Pound Cake (above left) and loved it, saying:

I have come to believe that pound cake appreciation is an adult thing. When I was a kid and my mom made a Bundt cake with a glaze or—even worse, no coating at all—I felt totally ripped off. How could any self-respecting cake have no frosting?! Now, while I still love frosted cakes, I also truly love a buttery, moist pound cake. This one is a keeper; it’s especially nice baked with a coating of turbinado sugar on top.

Ready for a slice? Us, too. Of course, if you don’t have a copy of her book yet, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on pound cakes with personality, so here are 11 to get you started:

Sherry and Olive Oil Pound Cake

Sherry and Olive Oil Pound Cake by Alice Medrich

Clementine Pound Cake

Clementine Pound Cake by SavvyJulie

Give your pound cake a citrusy twist with orange or clementine zest.

Neapolitan Pound Cake
Neapolitan Pound Cake

It doesn’t get much more striking than a pound cake in Bundt form with tricolored swirls.

Indian Pound Cake, 1827

Indian Pound Cake, 1827 by Jessica Reed

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake by Posie (Harwood) Brien

Go super sweet with a pound cake that’s like a dessert version of corn bread, or try one with a deep caramelized sweetness from brown sugar.

Yeasted Pound Cake
Yeasted Pound Cake

This pound cake requires patience to deal with the lengthy rise time, but McDowell assures us it’s worth it.

Jodi Rhoden’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

Jodi Rhoden’s Sour Cream Pound Cake by Emma Laperruque

The Cake of Three (Dolce del Tre)

The Cake of Three (Dolce del Tre) by Emiko

Try adding sour cream or ricotta for incredibly moist pound cakes.

Cold Oven Pound Cake
Cold Oven Pound Cake

Who wants to mess around with preheating an oven? Not this cake!

Flour-Swap Pound Cake

Flour-Swap Pound Cake by Alice Medrich

Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Pound Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Pound Cake by WinnieAb

Whether you want to swap in a little alternative flour for a different flavor profile or make an entirely gluten-free pound cake, these recipes have you covered.

Tell us about your ideal pound cake (toppings, too!) in the comments.

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