They are a dense cake that has been around forever and got its name from the ingredient amounts. Many of the original recipes called for a pound each of flour, sugar, butter and eggs hence the name Pound Cake.
Pound Cakes Are Easy to Make.
Older recipes just say to mix the above ingredients, put them in a pan and bake in a moderate oven for 1 to 2 hours. (The type of oven must have dictated the cooking time.) Today, the dry ingredients are either sifted or mixed with a wire whip. The butter and sugar are creamed and then the eggs (whole, just yolks or yolks and whites) are added one-at-a-time. The flour mixture is added to the butter mixture alternately with the liquid (milk or sometimes sour cream.) If whipped egg whites are used (to me they make the cake less dense), this is when they are folded into the batter. The batter is put into a greased and floured tube pan and baked for one to 1-1/2 hours. Sometimes the oven is preheated and sometimes not.
Pound Cakes Can Be Very Flavorful.
Just by adding different flavored extracts, such as vanilla or orange, makes it a new cake each time. Other items can be added such as nuts or dried fruits, which would further change the cake. Conceivably, all you need is one good pound cake recipe and various additives to make a number of different cakes.
Pound Cake Recipes Can Be Converted to Be Made With a Cake Mix.
Take one 2-layer any-flavored cake mix, add 1- 3/4 ounce package of instant pudding (in a coordinating flavor), use 4 eggs, 1 cup of total liquid and 1/2 cup of oil or melted butter. Baking times may vary according to the cake additives, such as coconuts, chips, etc., in your original recipe.
Pound Cakes Have Many Versatile Uses.
Pound Cakes are used as the base of many desserts. All trifles have some type of cake in them and its usually a pound cake. Pound cake slices can be used in French toast and Bread pudding. Personally, I prefer mine lightly toasted and warm served with ice cream. Everyone should keep a pound cake on hand for that last minute dessert. They can be frozen for up to a year in airtight wrap.
A Sampling of Homemade Pound Cake Recipes
7-UP Pound Cake
Brown Sugar Pound Cake - pictured on this page
Elaine's Dump Pound Cake
Hershey Bar Cake
Lil's Pound Cake
Even More Pound and Bundt Cake Recipes