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Homemade Butter Pound Cake

This stunning homemade butter pound cake with the heart surprise inside that is revealed when you cut into it just makes me weak in the knees. I mean, just look at all of that wonderful chocolate glaze and you just know that this decadent dessert is going to be amazing!

Lead in image of the pound cake with slices on plates to reveal the red heart baked inside.

Make Your Heart Pound Cake

I’m so in LOVE with this beautiful Valentine’s Day cake!! Yes, it’s double the baking, but it’s also double the reward. With the strawberry pound cake hearts baked into the vanilla pound cake in a bundt pan, everyone is going to love the magical reveal when you slice into it.

And let’s not forget the amazing flavor! I mean, there’s literally over a POUND of butter (I mean it is called butter pound cake) in this cake… and it’s totally worth every bite!

A quick video of the chocolate ganace being poured over the bundt cake.

How long to prepare the cakes?

This wonderful bundt cake can be made in one day, but don’t fret – you can elect to make it over a few days OR, you can add some red food coloring to a pound cake mix for the hearts. Just skip making two loaves from scratch. Really, I know how busy life can be and how much time moms really have…

This recipe can easily be made over a few days leading up to February 14th.

On the 12th, make the strawberry pound cake. Make it after dinner and let it cook for an hour while you get the kids into bed. It’ll cool overnight and be ready to be cut the next day.

On the 13th, make the homemade butter pound cake. The kids will enjoy cutting out the hearts and then eating the scraps with some ice cream for dessert.

On Valentine’s day, simply make your ganache and pour it over your cake just before serving to your family.

A square image showing off that beautiful strawberry pound cake heart inside the bundt cake.

What is “Real Butter”?

Real butter starts off with heavy cream or a high fat milk. That’s it! Sometimes there’s salt added but for this pound cake, we want to control the amount of salt, so we use unsalted butter.

Generic Butter has heavy cream, but it can also contain water. All butter sold in the US must be at least 80% fat, but organic butter will always have a higher percentage of milk fat than generic.

I’ve had major sugar cookie FAIL not once, but twice because I was using store brand butter. It turned out that the water content of generic butter made all the difference in cut out cookies holding their shape or not. It also makes a difference in chocolate ganache.

Do you like that beautiful, shiny, glossy, chocolate drizzle on your desserts? Use real butter.

Close up image of the pound cake with the heart inside and ganache drizzle on top.

What is Grass-fed Butter?

Grass-fed butter comes from cows who eat a diet high is GRASS. They are out grazing in fields and not penned up. Grass-fed cows produce milk that are richer in vitamin K2 and have higher omega-3 fatty acid.

Mr. Quart is a butter snob. He loves his Grass-Fed  Butter. He’s gone so far as to order butter from New Zealand in the winter. But, I must admit, it makes a HUGE difference.

The taste of a European-style butter on toast is just decadent. Spreading garlic butter on a loaf of bread to go with your Italian dinner. From cooking scrambled eggs to sauteed chicken to rich sauces, butter makes a big difference. And of course, this homemade butter pound cake is no exception.

A simple image of the bundt cake covered with the chocolate ganache.

So, go ahead and splurge on good quality butter. Especially if your baking recipes seem to be falling a little flat. It’s worth a few extra bucks for the grass-fed, organic butter.

Here’s a few more Surprise Inside cakes for more seasons:

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Collage image of the homemade butter pound cake that has a surprise heart baked into it!
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Homemade Butter Pound Cake

This amazing homemade butter pound cake has a special surprise inside that’s easy to make!

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 6 hours


For the Strawberry Pound Cake

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)

For the Vanilla Bundt Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 ¼ sticks (18 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk

For the Chocolate Ganache

  • 3 ½ ounces dark chocolate
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


    Directions for the Strawberry Pound Cake

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 5 loaf pan with butter and flour.
    2. Use fresh or frozen strawberries. Place in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Set aside one cup of puree.
    3. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
    4. Beat sugar and butter for 3 minutes with a paddle attachment until smooth and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time until the batter looks curdled. Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture, and then ½ of the sour cream, 1/3 flour, remainder of sour cream, then the last of the flour. Add strawberry extract and food coloring to combine now (may add more to intensify color).
    5. Fold in half of the strawberry mixture then fold in the remainder of the strawberries.
    6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour to 1+10.
    7. Allow to cool for several hours. Cut 1-inch slices discarding the ends. Using a heart cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes. You should get two hearts per slice depending on the size of the cutter. Set hearts aside and prepare the next cake.

    Directions for the Bundt Cake

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a bundt pan with butter and flour. Ensure that all crevices are coated.
    2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.
    3. Stir buttermilk, vanilla, and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside.
    4. Beat butter and sugar for 3 minutes with a paddle attachment until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add in 1/3 of the flour, and then ½ of the buttermilk mixture; 1/3 flour then the remainder of buttermilk; then the remainder of flour.
    5. Pour half of the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Take Strawberry Pound Cake Hearts and place them upside-down in the batter. Spoon the remainder of the batter over the hearts. If heart tips are sticking out of the batter, don’t worry. The cake will bake up over them.
    6. Bake for 1 hour.
    7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then flip over, remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

    Directions for the Ganache

    1. Chop chocolate into small pieces. Heat cream in a small pot until the milk boils. Pour over chocolate and allow to sit for two minutes. Add in butter and stir until smooth and glossy.
    2. Pour over bundt cake.
    3. Cut and enjoy the LOVE inside!


    Recipes adapted from Best Summer Desserts

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    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 7g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

    valerie silleck

    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    Do you know it says baking powder in ingredients for strawberry cake then in directions it says baking soda....which is it?

    Karyn Granrud

    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    So sorry. The strawberry pound cake just has baking POWDER as listed in the ingredients. I've corrected the instructions. Thank you.


    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    Baking powder listed but in directions said baking soda. I used the soda and stars were pretty dense. Does Gamache need to be cooled? Mine was just runny.

    Karyn Granrud

    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    So sorry. The strawberry pound cake just has baking POWDER as listed in the ingredients. I've corrected the instructions. The ganache needs to be cool, but not solid. Still pourable, but not warm to the touch. Thank you.


    Thursday 11th of February 2021

    Is it baking soda or baking powder for the strawberry cake. Ingredients say powder but directions say soda

    Karyn Granrud

    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    So sorry. The strawberry pound cake just has baking POWDER as listed in the ingredients. I've corrected the instructions. Thank you.

    Latonya Fox

    Thursday 11th of February 2021

    Great job

    Karyn Granrud

    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    Thanks so much! :)


    Wednesday 10th of February 2021

    Beautiful cake. Does the heart inside the cake gets dry since it has already been baked?

    Karyn Granrud

    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    Nope. I was worried about that as well, but all that strawberry puree kept it moist. I didn't notice any dryness to the hearts.

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