The Perfect Pound Cake

A pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of flour, heck, I could put on five pounds just thinking about baking a pound cake! One of my very favorite dessert recipes is the “Perfect Pound Cake” recipe from Southern Living. And today, in honor of “National Pound Cake Day,” wanted to share it with you, my readers.

My mom has baked it since I was a little girl and it was the one recipe that I always got to help out with. It is deliciously easy to make and so deliriously tasty that it never lasts more than a few days.

It is also because of this very pound cake recipe that I aced Algebra 2 and Calculus in high school. You see, back then I was not so good at math and one of my best friends was our school’s resident math genius. (He still is today and has a great job and beautiful wife to boot!) He kindly offered his services to help tutor me. His mother wouldn’t let us pay him so instead I paid my gratitude in pound cakes! His tutoring sessions left me well learned and him well fed!

I hope everyone can find the success in bartering that I had with this recipe or merely takes the time today to forget about those New Years weight loss resolutions to enjoy one of the worlds most decadent desserts!

The PERFECT Pound Cake from Southern Living

4 cups all purpous flour
3 cups sugar
1 pound butter, unsalted
3/4 cup of milk
6 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar, beating until fluffy. Add eggs, beating after each. Add flour alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Beat on low speed after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 F for 1.5 hours or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove.

I know there are many recipes for toppings to dribble over top of the cake, but I have always enjoyed my cake dry. I also prefer to bake my pound cakes in bundt pans. If you do this you have to make sure that the pan is very well greased. And lastly, I know it is supposed to be a dessert, but I LOVE having pound cake for breakfast.

UPDATE: For pictures of the half-pound cake I baked last tonight, see my flickr album!

Do you have any preferences when it comes to your pound cakes? If so share here!

{Photo courtesy of  InterchangeableParts}

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  • Seasons greetings to all of you and best wishes for the coming year 2010. Great way to explain it. Can’t say more than to appreciate what you are penned down. can you show how to grab your rss feed? I couldn’t find how

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