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This Champagne Cake is soft and sweet and packed with champagne flavor. It’s in the cake, the soak, and the glaze on top! This is the perfect loaf cake pound cake recipe – it’s soft and moist and SO good.

sliced pound cake with icing on top on a white plate.


Champagne Cake Recipe

Champagne gives this cake a delicious taste, but it also replaces the milk in a typical pound cake recipe, which keeps the cake moist and makes it airy and light. The key to this is that the champagne or sparking wine you use needs to be bubbly! If the alcohol is flat, the results will not be that same. This cake is great for a New Year’s Eve party or really whenever you want.

For the most part, the alcohol will cook out of the cake in the oven. So anyone can eat it, but once you add the sweet champagne reduction and frosting, the champagne gets added right back in! This pound cake is not at its true form without the frosting and glaze! They add so many amazing elements to the cake!

Ingredients Needed

  • Unsalted Butter: I melt it for easy mixing.
  • Sour Cream: Makes this cake moister and richer, and the acid helps activate the baking powder.
  • Eggs: Room temperature eggs are best.
  • Champagne: Champagne is used in all elements of this cake. You can use sparkling wine, Prosecco, or make it a pink champagne cake!

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

sliced pound cake on a white plate.

How to make Easy Champagne Pound Cake

  • Whisk all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Stir melted butter, granulated sugar, and sour cream in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, one at a time, then mix in vanilla extract. Add champagne and dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake in a 9×5-inch loaf pan until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • While the cake is baking, make the champagne soak: Simmer the sugar and champagne in a small saucepan over medium heat until it boils. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  • Remove slightly cooled cake to a wire rack set over a cookie sheet. Use a pastry brush to brush the champagne glaze over the top of the cake. Let the cake finish cooling completely before frosting.
  • Instead of making a champagne buttercream, we’re making a simple glaze with powdered sugar, more champagne, and some heavy whipping cream or milk. Spread over the cake with an offset spatula.
sliced pound cake with icing on top on a white plate.

Expert Tips

  • Make the glaze while the cake is baking to save time!
  • If you add the glaze and frosting make sure to keep up high if your kids are sneaky!
  • Store loosely covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • I stir this by hand but you can also use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • I love serving this loaf cake with strawberries.

FAQs

How do you store the recipe?

You can store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze this recipe?

Yes you can! Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Here’s a tip: Slice the cake prior to freezing and store the slices in different baggies to be able to grab them and go!

sliced pound cake with icing on top on a white plate.

Champagne Pound Cake

4.81 from 21 votes
There is triple the champagne flavor in this Champagne Pound Cake! Champagne in the soft and tender pound cake, in the glaze, and in the frosting!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

For the cake:

  • 1 ½ cups (186g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (99g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (118ml) champagne still bubbly

For the glaze:

  • cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • cup (79ml) champagne

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup (113g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons (15-30ml) champagne

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray (the kind with flour) or grease and flour it.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Stir melted butter, sugar, and sour cream in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Add champagne and dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 33-38 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. (Mine took 35 minutes.)
  • While the cake is baking, make the glaze. Heat the sugar and champagne in a small saucepan over medium heat until it boils. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  • Cool for 15 minutes in the pan. Use a knife to loosen around the edges, then carefully remove the cake and place it on a cooling rack set over a cookie sheet. Use a pastry brush to brush the champagne glaze over the top of the cake. Let the cake finish cooling completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting, whisk the powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, and 1 tablespoon of champagne. Add more champagne as needed. Pour and spread over pound cake. Chill to set.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use any bubbly sparkling wine or Prosecco. Make sure it’s not flat.
  • Store loosely covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on December 3, 2023



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55 Comments

  1. Hello! This recipe looks amazing but wondering what adjustments you might suggest if the champagne has gone flat? Baking soda? Thanks in advance!

  2. Hi there,
    I realize this is an older recipe but it might be just what I am looking for. Could you tell me, how thick the batter is? I was thinking about making a prosecco pound cake with fresh cranberries for Thanksgiving and it’d be a shame if all the delicious berries sank to the bottom of the pan in the oven.
    Lots of love from Germany,
    Jazz

  3. Did you level off the top of your cake after baking? I just baked it and it domed quite a bit. Just curious if i did something wrong… newbie baker here 

  4. Dorothy! Hi! This recipe looks amazeballs!! But I want to bake it it a bunt pan and this recipe is only for a loaf.. can I double it?  I want to serve the cake with a bottle of champagne in the center I think it would be a great presentation 

  5. Can you bake the champagne pound cake in a bundt pan? Do you have to double the recipe? How long do you bake it then?

  6. Hi, I am dying to try this recipe. Only thing is I have a 9″ bundt pan and I really want to make it in there. Do you think it will be ok?

  7. Love this recipe! I made it for my husband, who is a restaurateur and he LOVES it! He even asked me to bake it for a party we were hosting for several industry friends. I used to work in the fine wine and spirits industry and those people are hard to please. When I served this pound cake at a work holiday baked goods exchange, it disappeared in less than 5 minutes and I got requests for more! Now it’s my go to holiday favourite and all year pick me up dessert. Plus I get to drink some of the champers while I’m baking! What’s not to love?!? xoxoxo Pinned to my board Sweet Treats 🙂

  8. I have had a bottle of bubbly for so long and then I found this recipe on your Instagram page. Just baked it now and it has worked out perfectly?. Sending you images via Instagram. Thank you.