Classic Pound Cake

When it comes to desserts I am truly a fan of “the simple”.

A really good doughnut (vanilla glazed, please).

A scoop of coffee ice cream.

Or a slice of pound cake.

vanilla pound cake

And for some reason it’s always around this time of year when I crave that pound cake more than ever. I want it toasted for breakfast, with some fresh berries and a cup of tea mid-afternoon, and with a scoop of that coffee ice cream I mentioned after dinner.

It’s dark, cold and dreary right about now, and – to me, anyway – pound cake is the comfort food of desserts.

If you’re new to baking, this is a great starter recipe. There are only a few ingredients and no complex techniques to master. And even the most experienced baker will appreciate a recipe that doesn’t require an arsenal of equipment and hours of time.

vanilla pound cake

This recipe yields two cakes, so you can bring one to a friend – you’ll brighten up her winter too, I guarantee it!

Classic Pound Cake (adapted from Martha Stewart's Cakes)

Yield: two 9 x 5 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 c. (1 lb.) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 c. (1 lb.) sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 9 eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 3 c. (1 lb.) flour
  • 1 t. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9 x 5 loaf pans; line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on high speed for 8 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; beat in the vanilla.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to medium and add the beaten eggs in 4 batches, beating thoroughly after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour and salt in 4 batches, beating just till incorporated.
  5. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans. Tap pans on counter and smooth tops with an angled spatula. Bake till a tester comes out clean, about 65 minutes.
  6. Transfer pans to a wire rack - cool for 30 minutes. Turn cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.
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