River Cottage Australia



Pound cake refers to a type of cake traditionally made with a pound of each of four ingredients; flour, butter, eggs and sugar. These days any cake made with a 1:1:1:1 ratio of flour, butter, eggs and sugar is also called a pound cake. As such, for this recipe some quantities are dependent on the weight of the 3 eggs, so before cracking them you will need to weigh them to get your starting point. 


  • 3 eggs

  • Sifted Self Raising – quantity to be that of the eggs

  • Butter – quantity to be that of the eggs

  • Castor Sugar – quantity to be that of the eggs

  • Zest of one lemon

  • 10 cardamom pods*

  • ½ cup milk

  • Icing sugar to serve


  • 1.

    Preheat your oven to 180C. Line the base of a 25cm spring form cake tin with backing paper and lightly grease the sides.

  • 2.

    Crack the cardamom and take out the seeds, then crush them in a mortar and pestle.

  • 3.

    Cream the butter with the sugar, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the zest.

  • 4.

    Sift the flour and cardamom into the egg mixture. If too dry, slowly add the milk and mix to a loose batter consistency.

  • 5.

    Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for 25 – 35 minutes or until cooked and springy in the middle. Take care not to overcook the cake. Test by inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake – it’s ready if it comes out clean.

  • 6.

    Remove from the oven and allow the cake to settle in the tin for 3 minutes or so before turning onto a cooling rack.

  • 7.

    To serve, dust with icing sugar.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Posted by HonniReport
A lovely light spiced and fresh tasting cake. My husband is gluten and lactose intolerant so I substituted gluten free flour and soy milk in this recipe and it was so very nice. Had the cake as a low key birthday cake after a very filling meal and it was nice and light and not too heavy - except you wanted to eat more than once piece it was so nice!