Best Pound Cake Recipe ~ Oma's Sandkuchen 

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

My best pound cake recipe, aka Sandkuchen, is this one. My Oma made it, my Mutti made it, and now I make it! It's my quick cake recipe for emergencies. 

Sandkuchen, literally translated as Sand Cake, is also one of the great holiday baking recipes to have. Why? Because it's such a treat!

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

But since it's so good, it also finds its way into my quick cake recipes collection.  Good and quick. Good because it's tastes so rich and moist. 

Oma's Sandkuchen is the best pound cake recipe that is so German and so easy.

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  • Traditionally, a pound cake is made with equal weights of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. 
  • There are many variations in many countries that have similar recipes that have evolved over time to include various weights 
  • Germany's Eischwerkuchen ("egg weight cake") would be closest to a traditional pound cake
  • Sandkuchen (sand cake) while not a true pound cake (equal weight ingredients) has a similar texture.

Make Sandkuchen a bit different ...

Here I've iced the finished cake with lemon icing. Just take some icing sugar and use enough lemon juice (preferably freshly squeezed) to make a nice, not-too-liquid icing.

This is the best pound cake recipe that is actually just like my Muttis' Sandkuchen. So good and so easy.
  • Play around with the flavorings in dough of this best pound cake recipe and create your own variation.
  • Use just vanilla (omitting the lemon peel), or use almond extract (my favorite). Or, try rum instead.
  • It is often just sprinkled with icing sugar before serving.
  • Many times, I'll coat it with a chocolate glaze as a treat.
  • Use a loaf pan, well greased and floured. Ideally, using a narrow and long loaf pan (about 3x10-inch) will give you a traditional looking Sandkuchen.

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Oma says,

Because of its high butter content, this Sandkuchen is very moist and keeps well ... although there's seldom much left over when I serve it.

It tastes absolutely WUNDERBAR!

Oma's best pound cake recipe, aka. Sandkuchen.

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Best Pound Cake Recipe: Sandkuchen 

My best pound cake recipe, aka Sandkuchen, is this one. My Oma made it, my Mutti made it, and now I make it! It's my quick cake recipe for emergencies. 

Sandkuchen, literally translated as Sand Cake, is also one of the great holiday baking recipes to have. Why? Because it's such a treat!

Prep Time

25 minutes

Bake Time

60 minutes

Total Time

85 minutes

Servings:

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Prepare a 3x10-inch loaf baking pan by greasing and flouring it.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs, beating well after each one. Continue beating until light in color and fluffy. Add vanilla.
  5. Mix together cornstarch, flour, and baking powder. Stir into butter mixture. Add lemon rind and stir.
  6. Pour batter into greased and floured loaf pan, smoothing top.
  7. Bake for 1 hour or until wooden toothpick poked into centre comes out clean.
  8. Place pan on wire rack and let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  9. Invert pan to remove cake and let cool on wire rack.
  10. Put powdered sugar into a sieve and tap over cake to dust.

Notes/Hints:

  •  Use just vanilla (omitting the lemon peel), or use almond extract (my favorite). Or, try rum instead (a traditional choice). 
  • It is often just sprinkled with icing sugar before serving. 
  • Use the juice of the lemon you zested to make a lemon icing by mixing a cup of powdered sugar with just enough lemon juice to get a nice pouring consistency. Pour over cake and let sit until it hardens.
  • Coat with a chocolate glaze as a treat. 

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09.13.2021 revision update

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Best Pound Cake Recipe made Just like Oma

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Best Pound Cake Recipe made Just like Oma
My best Pound Cake recipe (Sandkuchen) is this one. My Oma made it. My Mutti made it. AND now I make it! It's one of those quick cake recipes for emergencies.

Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, cornstarch, baking powder, lemon zest, powdered sugar,

For the full recipe, scroll up ...

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