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Mango Pound Cake

Moist and delicious with the added flavor and deep golden color of pureed fresh mango, this cheerful mango pound cake will brighten up any table!

I like to cook and bake with foods that are in season as much as I can.  But in the middle of February in Michigan, sometimes I need to just let that go and bake something with tropical fruit!  Sometimes we just need that burst of flavor and color, and thank goodness tropical fruits are available to us in February if we want them.  (My local grocery store even has mangoes on sale right now!) The sweet bright flavor of mango adds a burst of joy to this beautiful mango pound cake.

mango pound cakeCooking shows are some of my favorite things to watch on TV.  We don’t watch a lot of TV in my household, but when we are home and want to relax in the evenings, my husband and I sometimes turn on PBS and look for cooking shows and travel shows.  That is how I found the inspiration for this delicious mango pound cake.  We were watching Pati’s Mexican Table recently, and Pati made this beautiful, yet quite easy, mango pound cake while her main dish was cooking.

I love her show.  Her enthusiasm for food is inspiring, and I love the way she embraces food as a way to bring family and friends together.  And this mango pound cake is right up my alley because it can be made fairly quickly, yet the mango makes it special and fun.  I found the recipe on her website and tried it.  The cake turned out great–moist and flavorful, and I will definitely make it again.

The weather here is supposed to be quite warm (for winter time, anyway) and sunny this weekend.  After a pretty gray few weeks, I am looking forward to getting out into the sun! It has been a strange winter here, with lots of rain and not much snow.  We have not been able to do our usual winter outdoor activities.  I think a lot of us are a bit deprived of the benefits of sunlight.  But this morning, this sunrise was just beautiful.

february sunrise 2And it looks like we will have at least a couple days more of sunshine! I hope you all have a great weekend, and hope you get a chance to get out in the sun.  I think that is why I was drawn to this mango pound cake–mangoes taste like sunshine to me.  I will be sharing this recipe over at Angie’s virtual potluck Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Zeba @ Food For The Soul and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cookmango pound cake

Mango Pound Cake

  • Servings: 8-10
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  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus a little more for greasing the pan
  • 1 and 1/3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, plus a little more for dusting the pan
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of course sea salt
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of diced fresh mango (about 2 mangoes) or thawed from frozen
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk
  •  1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • confectioners’ sugar for dusting the top (optional)
  • fresh berries for garnish (optional)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and lightly dust it with flour.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until soft, for about 2 minutes.  Add the sugar and continue to beat for about 5 more minutes, until the mixture is soft and creamy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth and creamy, about 2 more minutes.

In another large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Place the diced mango, buttermilk, vanilla extract and almond extract in a blender.  Puree until very smooth.

In four additions, add the flour mixture and the mango mixture, little by little, to the bowl with the butter mixture, beating after each addition, and alternating adding the wet and dry ingredients.  Beat on low speed or gently with a spoon.  Mix just until everything is completely combined, but be careful not to over-mix.

Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan.  Bake in your 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until the cake is lightly golden brown on top, springs back when touched, and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Allow the cake to cool.  When it is cool, flip it upside down on a board and then turn it right side up onto a platter.  Dust the top generously with confectioners’ sugar. Or, just leave it in the pan and cut slices from the pan, if desired. Enjoy!


This recipe is adapted from Pati Jinich @



  1. Debbie Spivey

    This cake sounds delicious, Jenny!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Debbie!

  2. CakePants

    I’ve made a mango carrot cake but never thought to add mango to pound cake – this looks and sounds fantastic! Enjoy the warm(ish) weather this weekend 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Mara! Mango carrot cake sounds really good! I am enjoying this nice weather in our little corner of the world. 🙂

  3. Amanda | What's Cooking

    Wow. Love the mango. Sometimes you really do need a reminder of warmer days. I love Patti’s show too! Cool that you got to see and appreciate the sunrise. It’s a special moment. And this cake goes with it perfectly 😉 be well!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Amanda! Yes, the sunrise was a treat. I hope you are well! I hope your running and your case are going well too!

  4. Ginger Dawn Harman

    My goodness, you are one heck of a cook! I can not wait to try this.

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Ginger! I hope you do try it–I will definitely be making it again too! 🙂

  5. aiming4simple

    Oh my goodness! I would love to try this! And I have some mango purée in my freezer!!

    • Jenny

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it if you try it! 🙂

  6. Zeba@Food For The Soul

    Oh my…this looks so amazing and I am really looking forward to trying this out.

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Zeba!

  7. Ai @Ai made it for you

    Yum!! Your mango pound cake looks so moist? Totally know what you mean by needing something tropical in the middle of winter. I’m so sick of this cold weather and ready for a warm spring?

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Ai! Right after I made this blog post, we had a nice warm and sunny few days! 🙂 The sun feels so good!

  8. inez

    my cake came out gummy ?

    • Jenny

      Hi Inez, I’m sorry your cake turned out gummy. One possible reason is that it was over-beaten once you added the flour. When you are adding the flour and the mango mixture, it works best to beat/stir only until the mixture is just combined, and not too vigorously or for too long. I will add a gentle reminder about that in my recipe directions. Sorry for any trouble that has caused you!

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