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A Buttermilk Pound Cake That’s Tasty and Pretty

This buttermilk pound cake is as easy to make as it is pretty. Make it for a special occasion or any day of the week and enjoy!

rose shaped Bundt cake with powdered sugar

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Rose Shaped Buttermilk Pound Cake

Bundt cakes are such a classic dessert. And there are so many different gorgeous shaped Bundt cake pans you can use to make them look like a work of art. Just don’t tell anyone how easy it is and they’ll think you’re a baking genius. 😉

Bundt cake made in rose-shaped pan

Today I’m sharing a beautiful but basic rose shaped Bundt cake recipe as part of the February Thrifty Style Team challenge, hosted by my friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate. It’s not our typical challenge, but we’re all sharing recipes to help you celebrate Valentine’s day this month! Scroll to the bottom of the post to see them all.

For my recipe, I wanted to make something that was simple to make but looked like a special occasion dessert. The secret is to use a specially shaped pan and a bit of powdered sugar.

pound cake made into a rose shape with a Bundt pan

The rose-shaped bundt cake pan that I used was one that I found at a yard sale a few years ago. So this does actually fit into our typical Thrifty Style Team parameters. The pan I found looked like it had never been used. 

rose shaped cake made with Bundt pan and sprinkled with powdered sugar

Anyway, I thought about making a red velvet cake. It would have been gorgeous baked in this pan.

For my original, favorite pecan pie recipe, go here: Salty Caramel Pecan Pie

powdered sugar sprinkled on a rose shaped Bundt cake

But I decided to go with a basic pound cake recipe. I looked at several and ended up using one I found on the Taste of Home website. The baker used a basic Bundt cake pan, but I wanted to take it up a notch from that.

FYI, Bundt cake pans can be used with any cake mix or basic recipe. The printable recipe for this cake is at the bottom of this post.

Here’s my husband’s favorite cookie recipe: Old fashioned peanut butter cookies

rose shaped Bundt cake sprinkled with powdered sugar

This recipe calls for a few basic ingredients plus buttermilk, which is a southern staple. If you don’t have buttermilk in your refrigerator you can easily make it. Here’s how:

How to make buttermilk

You’ll need either whole milk or 2% milk and white vinegar or lemon juice. To 1 cup of milk, add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice or vinegar and stir. The vinegar and lemon juice are both acidic and will curdle the milk slightly, which is basically all that buttermilk is. How easy is that?

bundt cake made with a rose-shaped pan and sprinkled with powdered sugar

The buttermilk makes the cake very moist and binds everything together in the batter. 

powdered sugar sprinkled on a rose shaped Bundt cake

As a finishing touch, sprinkle powdered sugar over the cooled cake with a sugar shaker. It accentuates all of the rose petals and gives it an extra special look. The full recipe is at the bottom of the page.

If you like peaches you’ll love this recipe:  Homemade Peach Ice Cream

pound cake made into a rose shape and sprinkled with powdered sugar

Plus it helps hide any flaws in the cake. The center part of mine stuck to the pan slightly, but the powdered sugar disguised it well. (I strongly recommend using Bakers’ Joy spray in one of these pans)

So was it a hit with the family? YES! I served it to my husband, youngest daughter, and her boyfriend, and they all loved it! It was moist and delicious!

Best places to buy a shaped Bundt cake pan

Sometimes you can find them on etsy or eBay. And I also found one like I used here: Rose Shaped Bundt Cake Pan

See lots of interesting shaped Bundt cake pans and more of my favorite baking
tools here: Not your mama’s Bundt cake pans

rose shaped pound cake sprinkled with powdered sugar

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Buttermilk Pound Cake

Buttermilk Pound Cake

Yield: 1 cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

This classic Bundt cake will be a favorite and looks so beautiful when baked in a shaped pan. The addition of buttermilk makes is very moist and gives it a classic flavor. It will be a hit, I promise!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. (I recommend using the Baker's Joy Spray if available)
  3. Add softened butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Mix until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat well after each addition.
  6. Beat in vanilla.
  7. In a separate large bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
  8. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat well.
  9. Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake at 325 until a tooth pick comes out clean, approximately one hour and 10 minutes.
  10. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack completely.
  11. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.


Take this cake to the next level by serving it with fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g


  1. I love pound cake! I mean really love pound cake. This recipe sounds so good and your rose shaped pan makes it look so pretty. This would not last long at my house!

  2. I have one of these beautiful pans and have only used it once. I totally forgot about it until now! Thanks for the inspo. So pulling this out for Valentine's Day! 🙂

  3. I really love Bundt cake for any occasion and holiday. They always look so pretty and taste delicious! pinned!

  4. I love making Bundt cakes, but have never used one of these pretty pans; now you've got me thinking I need to up my game! Great Amazon page with all the options!

  5. Oh, Angie! Your buttermilk cake looks absolutely stunning. And sounds terrific. I can hardly wait to make your recipe this coming weekend. Pinned for reference.

  6. I always love a good bundt cake and this one looks and sounds amazing! That pan makes it beautiful as well! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This turned out so pretty! I love the powdered sugar on top! I am inspired to make buttermilk now. I had never even thought to try it myself! ~ Kristin | White Arrows Home

  8. Angie, This cake looks absolutely beautiful! I can’t believe that was made with a mold. It really looks like something that would take hours to make. Thank you for the inspiration and sharing this wonderful recipe.

  9. Angie, I can't believe you found the cake pan at a yard sale! It makes such a beautiful cake and I would almost not want to cut it!!! Gorgeous and happy Valentine's Day!

  10. Your cake looks so beautiful and sounds delicious! I only have plain bundt cake pans but I am definitely going to be looking for a pretty one like this.

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