Quatre Quarts: French Pound Cake

Quatre quarts, the French pound cake, gets its name from the four essential ingredients that are used in equal quantities: eggs, sugar, butter and flour. This makes it very simple to remember – 250g (9 ounces) of each ingredient and 4 eggs.

A cake containing this amount of (preferably) French butter can only be excellent. But what if the butter were caramelized! The French beurre noisette is simply butter melted over a low heat until it has a pleasant nutty smell. And my goodness, the smell in my kitchen!

While baking, the whole house became filled with the beautiful aroma – caramelized butter with a hint of vanilla. Easy to make and simply delicious!

Quatre Quarts: French Pound Cake

Quatre Quarts: French Pound Cake

Diana Oana

A simple recipe for quatre quarts, the famous French pound cake. It only requires a handful of ingredients and it’s very easy to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour

Resting time 30 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Course Dessert

Cuisine French




  • Place the butter in a saucepan and melt over medium heat until it has a nice golden color and a subtle nutty smell. The butter will melt and bubble initially, but keep stirring with a wooden spoon until it reaches the desired color. There’s a fine line between noisette butter and burnt butter, so keep a constant eye on it and stir constantly. For me it all took 5-6 minutes.
  • After caramelizing the butter, let it cool to room temperature.

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/356° F, no fan.

  • Grease a cake/bundt pan with butter and dust it with flour!

  • Put the eggs and sugar in a bowl and beat until light and airy.

  • Add the vanilla essence and lemon zest (optional), then the flour mixed with baking powder, and mix.

  • Finally, add the caramelized butter and whisk until smooth.

  • Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake 60 minutes. When the cake is ready, a toothpick inserted in the middle will come out clean.

  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then flip it over onto a rack and let it cool completely.

  • Dust the cake with sugar and serve with coffee or tea. It’s something else!

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Diana Oana

As an award winning food blogger, I started my culinary journey in 2010, driven by a fervent commitment to crafting flavorful, tasty meals that defy the stereotype of bland health cuisine.

I love to cook anything from appetizers to main courses and desserts from a wide range of cuisines as well as traditional Romanian dishes.

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