What To Serve With Pound Cake | Popular Sweet Pairings

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Picture this: a moist and buttery slice of pound cake, with its golden crust and delicate crumb. A classic pound cake recipe stands proudly on its own. 

But what to serve with pound cake? And what if we told you that there’s a whole world of delectable pairings waiting to elevate your pound cake experience?

 That’s right! In this article, we’re diving into the delightful realm of sweet pairings for pound cake that will make your taste buds dance with joy. 

We’re talking more than just a cup of coffee. A pound cake includes simple ingredients like all purpose flour, whole eggs, and unsalted butter. 

pound cake on white plate topped with berries and mint

We have lots of easy pound cake recipes to share with you like our lemon pound cake and traditional pound cake recipes.Choosing the right accompaniments for your pound cake is an art. 

It’s all about finding that perfect balance of flavors and textures that will take your dessert to new heights of indulgence. 

From traditional recipes passed down through generations to modern variations with exciting flavor twists, pound cake offers a blank canvas ready to be transformed by the magic of complementary flavors.

Now, we can’t overlook the debate between homemade and store-bought pound cake. While a homemade pound cake baked in either a loaf pan or a bundt pan allows for complete customization and that special touch of love, store-bought options can save time and still deliver on taste. 

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Whichever path you choose, fear not, as our sweet pairings work beautifully with both homemade and store-bought varieties. Just make sure you keep your pound cake in an airtight container so that it doesn’t dry out. 

So, if you’re ready to embark on a flavor adventure, join us as we explore the world of pound cake pairings. 

From indulgent sauces to creamy accompaniments, from fruity delights to chocolaty dreams, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to discover the perfect sweet pairing for your pound cake and create desserts that will leave your friends and family in awe.

Are you ready to take your pound cake experience to new heights? Let’s dive into the realm of popular sweet pairings and unlock a world of tantalizing flavors that will have you reaching for seconds and asking for the recipe. Let the sweet journey begin!

Popular Fresh Fruits

Fresh berries are often served as a garnish for pound cake. We recommend serving pound cake at room temperature and either mixing up strawberries, blueberries and raspberries together, or slicing strawberries on top. A sprig of mint to your pound cake slices always adds to the presentation! Serve a traditional afternoon tea and strawberry shortcake made with leftover pound cake. 

Citrus Fruits and Stone Fruits are some of the best side dishes that can easily turn a simple cake into something very yummy! These include: 

  • Oranges
  • Lemons (including lemon zest)
  • Peaches
  • Plums
strawberry cream cheese pound cake
Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Whipped Cream or Whipped Topping

Freshly whipped cream or Whipped Topping is a classic companion to pound cake. Its light and airy texture beautifully contrasts with the dense cake, creating a harmonious balance of flavors and textures. Whether you spoon it on top, dollop it on the side, or even sandwich it between layers of pound cake, fresh whipped cream adds a delightful creaminess that takes your dessert to new heights. Need non-dairy or gluten free whipped toppings? Check out our “Are Whipped Toppings like Cool Whip Gluten Free post here. “

Ice Cream or Gelato

Ice cream and pound cake are a match made in dessert heaven. The creamy, cold goodness of ice cream pairs fantastically with the dense, buttery texture of pound cake. Whether you choose classic vanilla, indulgent chocolate, or even a fruity flavor like strawberry, a scoop of ice cream on the side will take your pound cake to the next level of deliciousness.

Fruit Compote or Sauce

Fruit-based sauces and compotes can elevate the flavors of pound cake, adding a delightful burst of fruity goodness. Consider serving your pound cake with homemade strawberry sauce, tangy lemon curd, or a mixed berry compote. The juicy, vibrant flavors of the fruits pair beautifully with the buttery pound cake, creating a dessert combination that’s both refreshing and indulgent. Any moist pound cake recipe will be delicious with the addition of fruit compote or sauce. 

Creative Combinations

  • Pound Cake Trifle – Layering pound cake with fruits, whipped cream, and pudding
  • Grilled Pound Cake with Caramelized Fruit – grilled pineapple would be delicious! 
  • Cream cheese pound cake ( or use ricotta cheese) or greek yogurt to the ingredients. 
  • ​Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe is very popular (like my sour cream coffee cake!)
  • Pound Cake French Toast – Using pound cake to make a decadent French toast (I absolutely have to try this!)
  • Pound Cake Ice Cream Sundae:Topping pound cake with ice cream, sauces, nuts, and fruits
chocolate pound cake with text
Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake


Are there any chocolate-based toppings that go well with pound cake?

Oh, you bet! If you’re a chocolate lover (and who isn’t?), there are plenty of decadent options to drizzle, slather, or sprinkle over your chocolate pound cake. Hot fudge sauce, rich chocolate ganache, or even a dusting of cocoa powder can transform a simple slice of pound cake into a chocolate lover’s dream. Feel free to get creative and let your chocolate cravings guide you!

Q: Can I serve caramel sauce with pound cake?

Absolutely! Caramel sauce adds a delightful touch of sweetness and gooey goodness to your pound cake. Whether you drizzle it over the top or serve it on the side for dipping, the combination of caramel and pound cake is simply irresistible. The smooth, buttery caramel flavor pairs perfectly with the moistness of the cake, creating a heavenly dessert experience.

Q: How long can I keep pound cake?

Store your pound cake in an airtight container at room temperature and you can enjoy it for about 4 to 5 days. 

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What was my inspiration to write this post? 

As I mentioned earlier in the post, we have lots of easy pound cake recipes.  I love pounds cakes because they are a buttery cake that is perfect for the baking novice to create and a simple dessert to share for any special occasions. 

Remember, the beauty of pound cake is its versatility, so feel free to mix and match these sweet pairings, especially the Creative Combinations or get creative with your own unique ideas! The options are endless, and your taste buds are in for a treat!


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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.

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