Sabrina’s Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Hello my very patient friends! How are you doing? Me? Well it’s been crazy around here with a new born (well 3 week old), back to school, the fall always being a crazy busy time, and well just life. But what can I say… I LOVE IT! It’s soooooo nice being at home full time with my family… ask me in 3 months if I still feel the same? Especially after winter sets in. 

In saying that, I am feeling better and my energy levels are starting to come back to me and I’m itching to get back to cooking and blogging, and I have some epic recipes coming your way. But that’s not to say I don’t love a good guest blogger and today I’m sharing with you a fellow Foodie Mama’s recipe and I’m SO EXCITED to share! Sabrina from Dinner, Then Dessert is sharing her amazingly delicious Brown Sugar Pound Cake recipe. This looks so delicious, I just might have to make one for school lunches & desserts this week! Sabrina… take it away!

As a college freshman I was also an employee at Starbucks. It was the end of the 90s and I couldn’t think of a cooler place to have my first job. Since the location was about a block from my college I got to work with friends and at nights during closing we would behave terribly and give away far too many goodies to all the customers before we had to toss them at closing. This was before walking into a Starbucks felt like you were in a bank with 10 cameras. We were in a much more relaxed atmosphere.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with icing
Brown Sugar Pound Cake with icing

So when I had started Starbucks was beta testing an alternative option to the most popular baked good we sold, the iced lemon loaf cake. It was a crispy sugar crust brown sugar pound cake with a thick brown sugar frosting. It never made it onto the menu (not sure why we sold out of them every single day!) but soon after it disappeared my coworker/friend/classmate and I decided to try and figure it out in our dorm kitchen. This is the result of our internet sleuthing/making do with the ingredients we had and creating a version all our own.

Every time I make it I refer to it at the Starbucks Brown Sugar Pound Cake and there is only one other person who understands the reference, but it will forever be that delicious college food memory.

The Recipe:
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup whole milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Spray baking spray into an 8×4 loaf pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Beat the butter and brown and white sugars on medium in a stand mixer until noticeably lighter in color, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the milk and dry ingredients in 1/3 portions, alternating, starting with the dry ingredients. Bake for 60 minutes. If it isn’t done when you insert a toothpick, check it again five minutes later.

Brown Sugar Poundcake
Brown Sugar Poundcake

Brown Sugar Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup whole milk
¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Melt the butter in a saucepan on low heat. Add the brown sugar and raise the heat to medium.  Cook the boiling mixture for 2 minutes, then remove from heat, add the milk, salt and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined. Let cool until just barely warm, maybe about 15 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and whisk until well combined. If you want a thinner frosting, add 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar and add in small increments from there until you reach your desired consistency.

Poundcake Slice
Poundcake Slice

This recipe is perfect for a quick breakfast on the go (you can even make them in muffin tin if you want them to be super portable. If you want to see more of my recipes, check my blog out at You can also follow me FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Sabrina - Dinner, Then Dessert

Sabrina Snyder was a personal chef for almost ten years who started a food blog to share her recipes with friends, family, clients while being able to stay at home with her two young kids. She cooks all day but enjoys shopping, spin classes, and making a fool of herself just to get some giggles from the little ones. You can visit her blog, Dinner, then Dessert for recipes that range from kid friendly 5 minute meals to Michelin star meals recreated. She also really enjoys decoding restaurant recipes, so you can check out all of her copycat recipes too!

Thank you sooooo much Sabrina for joining us today. This recipe looks amazing! Make sure you stop by her awesome little spot on the internet and check out all of her tasty little treats! 

Thank YOU guys so much for your patience and for stopping by today! I hope you are having a great week, and happy Tuesday friends! Stay tuned, more deliciousness is on its way! Cheers xo

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  1. Are you missing a number before the 1/2 cup for the flour? Feed free to edit this part of my comment after fixing if it needs fixing. 🙂

    Love this cake! So homey and comforting–this is my favorite kind of baking by far!

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