A good pound cake recipe is a very useful thing for a baker to have. Pound cakes are great when you don’t want a heavier dessert like a layer cake. You can have them plain, you can change the taste by adding different flavorings, and you can dress it up by adding a glaze, a sauce, or some fruit. I do like making layer cakes, cheesecakes, and other complex desserts, but there are times when I need to keep it simple. Pound cake is great when you need to make a dessert but don’t have a lot of time to invest in the process.
I have made this recipe many times before, but not since I’ve had this blog, and I thought it was time to share the recipe. I got it from my mother-in-law, who got it from a friend (I don’t know what the original source is). It is my brother-in-law’s favorite cake, and she often makes it when he visits. The best part of this pound cake is eating the crust off the top after it comes out of the oven. It’s hard to beat that warm, crusty exterior! This is the best pound cake I’ve had. It is incredibly moist and flavorful. It’s great on it’s own or with fruit, especially strawberries. My favorite way to make it is with almond flavoring, although I’ve used orange extract with success as well. One other tip is to make sure your butter is very soft. I leave it out for several hours before I’m ready to bake (if I plan that far ahead!). If you are still looking for a great pound cake recipe, you should give this a try!
Source: My mother-in-law
2 sticks butter, softened
½ cup shortening (you can substitute butter if you want)
3 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract (or any flavoring of choice)
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
Cream butter, shortening, and sugar until very light. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and almond extracts. Add flour alternately with milk. Bake in lightly greased pan in 325 degree oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Place dish towel over cake, turn oven off, and clet cake stand 10 more minutes in oven. Remove from oven, take towel off, allow to cool, and turn on to a cake plate.
Chocolate Pound Cake: Add 4 tablespoons cocoa to flour and sift together. Omit almond extract. Bake at 300 for 2 hours.
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