Traditional Pound Cake

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Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comThe pound cake is a rich buttery cake that’s traditionally made with a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. Pound cakes are generally baked in a loaf pan or a Bundt mold, and served, dusted with confectioners (icing) sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with a coat of icing.

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comVariations to the basic pound cake are endless; you can add vanilla essence; dried fruits like cherries, sultanas or raisins; add some chocolate or cocoa powder to half the mixture a make a marbled pound cake; swirl some melted chocolate and make a swirled version of the cake. I leave it to your imagination. We have a nice sunny day…sending tons of sunshine your way. Enjoy the remainder of the weekend!

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  • Ingredients  (I made half the pound cake)
  • 450g (1 Ib, 3 cups Australian, 3½ cups American) all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 450g (1 Ib, 16oz, 1¾ cup) sugar
  • 450g (1 Ib, 16oz, 4 sticks) butter
  • 8 eggs (1 Ib)

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comPlease always assemble all ingredients before you start. Also note that I halved the recipe and made only 1 cake

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comSift the flour and baking powder. Cream the butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy. (several minutes)

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comBeat in the eggs, one at a time and beat until fully incorporated.

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.com

Gradually fold in the flour.

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comThis is what the batter looks like after folding in the flour

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comTransfer to the greased and floured baking pan(s).

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comBake 45-50 minutes at 160°C (325°F), until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comThe cake is very buttery and sweet

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.comWith a close grained texture.

Traditional Pound Cake myfavouritepastime.com

Traditional Pound Cake

Preparation time: 30 minutes; Baking time: 50-60 minutes; Makes: two 9 x 5 inch (23 x 13 cm) cakes

Ingredients (I made half the pound cake)

  • 450g (1 Ib, 3 cups Australian, 3½ cups American) all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 450g (1 Ib, 16oz, 1¾ cup) sugar
  • 450g (1 Ib, 16oz, 4 sticks) butter
  • 8 eggs (1 Ib)

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour and baking powder.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy (several minutes).
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time and beat until fully incorporated.
  4. Gradually fold in the flour.
  5. Transfer to the greased and floured baking pan(s). (I lined the base with parchment)
  6. Bake 45-50 minutes at 160°C (325°F), until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Points to Note:

  1. Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperature depending on your oven. I baked the cake at 325ºF (160ºC) for 50 minutes.
  2. I halved the recipe and made one 9 x 5 inch cake.
  3. I always weigh ingredients, especially the flour and butter.
  4. For cup measures, spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need.

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25 thoughts on “Traditional Pound Cake

  1. Pound cake has always been a favorite of mine. So quick, easy and good tasting. So many things you can do with it or just eat it plain and delicious. My grandmother used to make it too…I wonder how many people grew up eating it? Probably a lot! My grandmother used to take the last bits of dried pound cake, make a custard, spoon it over a piece and add some fruit such as raspberries or blueberries…. so good.

    I’m happy to announce that the sun shone when I arrived home and was much appreciated. Today it rained off and on, but that was ok, as I had unpacking and indoor things to do! Good to be home, but…….maybe next year! Hope things are goig well with you and your family Liz!

    1. Life has been good here. There was lots of sunshine today, and I was baking and actually sweating. It was amazing.
      Pound cake is such a blessing. I made one with some cherries and served it with some custard, the other day. It was so good so I know what you mean.
      Welcome back to Canada. We are also going to have quite a bit of rain this week but I don’t mind because temperature are going to be in double digits. I hope they never go down again, soon.
      Good luck with unpacking and I hope you have a pleasant week!
      liz

      1. I guess you have two: one associated with My Favorite Pastime and another with “Liz.” I’ve always been familiar with the Liz image. No big deal, simply my paying a little more attention I guess. 🙂

        1. Oh well liz and myfavouritepastime are one and the same. Thanks for paying attention. Gives me an opportunity to think about it!
          Liz

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