Pound cake is a heartier thicker based cake, which makes them very versatile when you’re baking and decorating. I’ve been on the lookout for a good pound cake recipe. In my search I found out “pound cake” got its name because early recipes called for bakers to add a pound of flour, a pound of butter, and a pound of sugar then bake. I don’t need that much pound cake!
I’ve been making some stand up cakes lately which require a sturdier cake than the basic vanilla, or box mix cake. Most of them call for pound cake so they’re strong enough to stand up on their own. I priced pound cake mixes in the store, and they were around $2.50 each! Since most of the cake molds I’ve been looking at take at least 5 cups of batter, I would need 2 mixes. That’s $5 in pound cake, yikes! I decided I could definitely find a pound cake recipe to use instead for way less money!
I hunted around and finally settled on this pound cake recipe, adapted from Mama’s Pound Cake by Paula Deen
Basic Pound Cake Recipe
- 2 sticks butter
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- small pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and shortening in a large mixing bowl.
3. Combine the dry ingredients in a second mixing bowl.
4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk and mixing until well combined.
5. Pour the mixture into a tube pan, your favorite stand up cake mold, or 2 round 9″ pans depending on what you plan to use your pound cake for. I like to use no stick cooking spray with flour in it to keep the batter from sticking no matter what shape of pan I use.
6. bake for 40 minutes to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the cake pan and amount of batter used, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
This is a great recipe to use when you need a sturdier cake, like a lamb cake I’m working on finishing up, or like this one:
I’ll be back to share how my lamb cake turns out later this week! Hopefully!
Oh, yum! I’ve never attempted to make a pound cake, but this doesn’t look SO hard! I may just have to try!
Yummy! Love pound cake with strawberries, but I have never tried to make it myself! This looks very possible 🙂 Thanks
I love pound cake but never thought to make it myself! This is a really easy recipe!
I will be making this soon. I’ve always wanted to make a homemade pound cake.
I have honestly never tried to make my own pound cake. I always buy the frozen ones but it really looks like it’s not that hard to make!
This looks so delicious. I’ve never made a pound cake before either!
Easy enough for me to make! Did you actually figure out the cost of this recipe? It probably is cheaper than a box mix but by how much?
Wow! So simple and looks wonderful!
I have never made pound cake before. Now I will have to give it a try!
I LOVE pound cake! I can’t wait to see how the lamb cake turns out!
I never really thought about how different cakes work better for elaborate decorating/creations. It makes sense just it didn’t really occur to me. I do remember learning how pound cake got named – sure made the recipe easy to remember!
I love Paula Deen’s pound cake recipe for carving. It holds up great for the carving and getting covered with fondant which adds a lot of weight. Can’t wait to see how the lamb turns out!
Its always good to have a good old pound cake recipe up your sleeve! Yum!
Yum! I love having a just a simple piece of pound cake with peace slices on top.
I didn’t know how pound cakes got their name – or that they were sturdier than other cakes. Learn something new every day! 🙂
I love pound cake. Well, really any cake, lol. But pound cake with strawberries is so good! Thanks for the recipe!
I want to make this and add strawberries and whip cream! Looks so good!
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