Pound Cake History – The name (Pound Cake) comes from the fact that the original pound cakes contained one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. No leaveners were used other than the air whipped into the batter. In the days when many people could not read, this simple convention made it simple to remember recipes.
A cake made of 1 pound of each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour would have been very large and would have been able to serve multiple families. As years went by, the portions of the ingredients used were adjusted to make a smaller, lighter cake. However, the name of the cake stuck.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, (2 sticks)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs (room temperature)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour a tube pan.
- Cream the butter and sugar. The mixture should be light in color, like a pale yellow.
- Add the eggs one at a time. Continue to mix until the egg disappears completely into the mixture.
- Slowly incorporate the flour into the mixture one ½ cup at a time.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the pan 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack and let cool completely.