Pound cake is named as such because, at its most basic, it calls for one pound of each of its four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs and sugar. And while the dessert does taste divine at its most basic -- it's typically thick, moist, and buttery -- we of course think mixing things up never hurt.

You can amp up a plain ol' pound cake by drizzling it with glaze or powdered sugar, or you can alter the batter of the cake itself by adding in cocoa powder, fruits, and even avocado. Do these add-ons approve upon the charmingly basic original recipe? We tend to think so!

Check out these 15 different ways you can bake a pound cake:

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  • Zebra Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bakersroyale.com/cakes/zebra-bundt-cake/">Zebra Pound Cake recipe from Baker's Royale</a></strong>

  • Mini Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Pound Cakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/05/mini-brown-butter-vanilla-bean-pound-cakes/">Mini Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Pound Cakes recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Pistachio Lover’s Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://leitesculinaria.com/81970/recipes-pistachio-pound-cake.html">Pistachio Lover’s Pound Cake recipe from Leite's Culinaria</a></strong>

  • Mocha Crumble Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.whisk-kid.com/">Mocha Crumble Pound Cake recipe from Whisk Kid</a></strong>

  • Snickerdoodle Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/2012/04/30/snickerdoodle-poundcake/">Snickerdoodle Poundcake recipe from Peabody</a></strong>

  • Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.sophistimom.com/cranberry-orange-cream-cheese-pound-cake/">Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe from sophistimom</a></strong>

  • Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://keepitsimplekeepitfresh.blogspot.com/2011/08/lemons-in-kitchen.html">Glazed Lemon Pound Cake recipe from Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh</a></strong>

  • Spicy Mocha Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2012/11/spicy-mocha-pound-cake/">Spicy Mocha Pound Cake recipe from Bev Cooks</a></strong>

  • Vanilla Lime Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/01/vanilla-lime-pound-cake/">Vanilla Lime Poundcake recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Brown Sugar Pound Cakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://kitchentrialanderror.blogspot.com/2010/04/brown-sugar-poundcakes-with-brown.html">Brown Sugar Pound Cakes recipe from Kitchen Trial and Error</a></strong>

  • Chocolate Almond Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bakedbree.com/chocolate-almond-poundcake">Chocolate Almond Pound Cake recipe from Baked Bree</a></strong>

  • Apple Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://farmhousekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/apple-poundcake/">Apple Pound Cake recipe from Farmhouse Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Peanut Butter Cup Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.branappetit.com/2011/11/10/peanut-butter-cup-poundcake/">Peanut Butter Cup Pound Cake recipe from bran appetit</a></strong>

  • Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.fearlesshomemaker.com/2012/03/nutella-swirl-poundcake/">Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake recipe from Fearless Homemaker </a></strong>

  • Avocado Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.sarahcupcake.com/2012/03/avocado-poundcake.html">Avocado Pound Cake recipe from Sarah Cupcake</a></strong>

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