What thing of beauty emerges from the oven when you combine a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of eggs and a pound of flour and then stir in a little vanilla? "Pound cake" -- of course, the dense, sweet but plain cake 'leavened' (that means to lighten the texture and thereby increase the volume) only by a long mix time.
The "pound of butter, sugar, eggs and flour" of traditional pound cake may be easy to remember but that particular combination is long gone, it's a little rich and dense for today's taste. These days, pound cake recipes often include an added leavener such as baking powder or baking soda or leaven the cake with whipped-stiff egg whites.
A perfect-to-your-own-taste pound cake recipe is worth striving for, one to call on again and again once it makes your "keeper" recipe box. Pound cakes are easy to make and often call for only pantry ingredients although some times add ingredients such as nuts and chopped fruit. Most of all, people love 'em!
Here are five recipes to inspire your pound cake baking!
RECIPES for PLAIN POUND CAKE ['plain' doesn't mean un-delicious, just that the recipes hold most closely to a traditional pound cake]
My Baking Addiction ~ Pound Cake Parfaits
"This recipe whipped together in no time and produced a gorgeous, sweet and delicious pound cake."
Amanda's Cookin' ~ Elvis Presley's Whipping Cream Pound Cake
"...deliciously soft, ever so wonderful"
Simply Yummy Goodness ~ Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake
"It is very important to indulge in something really delicious on a birthday. This is so important to me, I almost always give my dearest friends something sweet for their special days."
POUND CAKE RECIPES with FRUIT & OTHER ADDED INGREDIENTS
A Yankee in a Southern Kitchen ~ Peach Pound Cake
"Either warm from the oven or lightly toasted for breakfast -- pound cake is the best."
Taste Food ~ Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
"This [recipe] takes the traditional sweet pound cake and adds cool, mildly tart blueberries and bright, citrus-y lemon zest for a deliciously fresh tea cake."
Purple Foodie ~ Chocolate Chip Pound Cake
"It’s established. This chocolate chip pound cake is comfort food. You know why? Because I ate this cake for three meals straight. Only this."
BlogHer food editor Alanna Kellogg doesn't believe it but she's never made a pound cake. So far, the closest she's come is her recipe for a Bundt-style poppy seed cake.
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