We’ve all had it.
It SCREAMS calories!
It SCREAMS fat!
But, OH, IT’S SOOOO good!
“Pound cake refers to a type of cake traditionally made with a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. The traditional recipe makes a cake much larger than what most families can consume, and so the quantity is often changed to suit the size of the cake that is desired. As long as the ratio is preserved, the resulting cake will be identical to that using the traditional recipe. Hence, any cake made with a 1:1:1:1 ratio of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar is also called a pound cake, even if the quantity used is smaller or larger than an actual pound.”
Who DOESN’T like pound cake? It’s almost as American as apple pie! It’s great to take to picnics and BBQs, and you can always be certain everyone will love it! This recipe is from my friend, Lisa, and while it doesn’t follow the standard definition of the 1:1:1:1 ratio of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar, it’s nonetheless delicious! Rumor has it that it came from her grandmother, and maybe her grandmother, and then maybe HER grandmother! It has definitely lasted the test of time!
This cake is VERY versatile…You can make it plain, just as the recipe reads, or you can add fruit, nuts or even a liqueur like Amaretto. This particular photo is one made with strawberries added. It’s very rich, very moist and VERY delicious! I don’t dare make this cake unless I’m having a bunch of people over. I could very easily eat the whole thing….
Give it a try, and if you want to add it to your recipe file and pass it off as your GREAT GREAT aunt or grandmother’s recipe, I’ll never tell! Oh…and for a little pound cake humor, check this lady out.
Lisa’s Pound Cake
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 oz cream cheese, soft
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Optional: If desired, add one of the following: 2 cups diced fruit, 1 cup chopped nuts or 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite liqueur
Preheat oven to 350•.
In mixer fitted with paddle, (or with hand mixer) mix butter, cream cheese & sugar on medium speed until blended. Beat eggs in separate bowl, then add to mixer until blended. Add rest of ingredients to mixer and mix until blended. Grease and flour bundt pan, shaking out the excess flour (or use Baking Spray). Pour in pan and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack 5-10 minutes before inverting onto cake plate.