The Most Amazing Pound Cake Ever!
If you are looking for an easy, quick and versatile recipe for cake that can be made to look ordinary or extraordinary, this is for YOU!
Not only is this recipe one of the easiest to follow, it also lets you add almost anything to it to make it different or special. My family has been baking a variety of this cake for the last 50 years or more and they always ask for it again and again. Maybe because when I make it, it is never the same twice.
The recipe lends itself to all kinds of additions and without fail you will have a cake that is ready in less than 15 minutes of mixing, and 70 minutes of baking.
Once you have made this cake the plain way, then you can start to experiment with things that your family likes and add them to the basic batter. In no time at all, you will be making this cake for you family and always having great results.
Serves: 12 - 15 portions
- 5 eggs large
- 1 cup of sweet butter, softened
- 2 cups of sugar
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar and eggs until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the flour slowly, beating well and adding the milk in between flour additions especially if the batter becomes to thick and runs up the beaters.
- Add the baking powder after having added two cups of the flour.
- At the very end I add the vanilla and let the batter beat for a minute longer.
- If you have a Bundt Pan, this is the perfect recipe for it. But you can also use two loaf pans as well.
- Butter and flour the pans or if you are watching your butter intake, use PAM along the insides of the baking pans.
- After 55 minutes in the oven, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake to see if it comes out clean, if it has batter stuck to it, bake for another 10 minute and check again.
- Depending on the additions you make to the basic cake, it may take one hour and 10 minutes to bake it completely.
Extra, extra, extra! Making my recipe, yours!
I have given you the basic recipe for a pound cake. Now it’s up to you to figure out what you will add to make it your own. I’ll give you some of the things I have done with mine in the past.
When your basic batter is finished, place half of it into the baking dish and return the other half to the mixer. Now add 6 tablespoons of Nestles Quik to this part of the batter and another ½ teaspoon of baking powder. Mix into the batter well. If it gets a little too thick add another ¼ cup of milk as well. What will happen is that this part of the batter will turn a brownish colour and be slightly thinner in consistency. When it is well mixed, add this part of the batter on top of the half in the pan. Take a knife or spatula and drag it through both layers of the batter in the pan.
Place the batter into the oven and bake for 1 hour. It will need the extra time because of the additions you have made. After 1 hour do the cake test and see if the skewer comes out clean. If not bake another 5 minutes and check again. Once the skewer comes out clean your cake is done.
Remove from the pan and let sit for a few minutes. To make it more appetizing, dust with powdered sugar.
When you cut into this cake you will see beautiful swirls of white and chocolate all through the cake. It will make your mouth water for sure.
Now again you can make this your own, by adding more than half of the batter as chocolate or less. It is all up to you.
Another variation is to add nuts to the chocolate part as well. Ground hazelnuts are particularly good. But I am sure that any nut would work.
If you are adding lots of chocolate and having just a little white in the cake combination, you could make a white icing with icing sugar and a few drops of milk. Drizzle this over the cake when it has cooled down a little. If you add it to a warm cake the sugar will just run right down the sides and pool at the bottom of the serving plate. It’s much nicer if it stays on the sides of the cake.
Pound Cake Necessities. – Basic tools for Baking a Pound Cake
What’s your favourite addition to a pound cake? – As you can see this recipe is very versatile and lets you be the creator of something amazing.
What would you add to make this cake special?
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