Thursday, January 29, 2009

"The" Pound Cake

This is a recipe I married into; I actually made it the first time when I was engaged and will be making it this afternoon for the 8th year in a row. This is my husband's birthday cake, a recipe passed down from his grandmother. He always wants this simple, old-fashioned, basic pound cake (were I to be picking my birthday pound cake, I'd pick a cream cheese pound cake or something equally decadent, but I have to admit that the simplicity here is delicious).

  • 3 sticks softened butter
  • 2 1/4 c. sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 3 c. flour
  • 3 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. mace (optional, but I always put it in)
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 t. vanilla
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Beat 20 minutes all together. 
  3. Pour batter into greased and floured tube pan.
  4. Put in cold oven. Turn oven to 350 degrees. Bake 1 hour 20 minutes (toothpick test).


Alli said...

"My" birthday cake is usually a pound cake too. My mom would make it and send it to Covenant around my bday. The recipe is similar and the only reason I have whiskey in the house AND a sifter.

Betsy said...

I'm sure you could mail this one, too! I forgot to mention that pound cake also freezes excellently--we sometimes wrap up 2-piece sections and freeze them for quick "homemade" desserts later on. Your cake, Alli, does look quite similar. Mmmmm