I have the urge to start this post by saying hey, y’all. I know, so cliche but it’s truly how most of us southerners great each other. Another reason why I wanted to say hey y’all was because this post is about one of the most storied cakes related to the south and that’s the old fashioned pound cake. Not a bundt cake, but a pound cake made with 1/2 pound of butter and baked in a tube pan. The real deal, legit pound cake.
I’m sure you’re wondering why I am sharing a pound cake recipe the week before Christmas and to that I say, pound cake has always been a staple cake for my family during the Christmas season. I typically make red velvet cake and will make a few later this week, but pound cake is one of those tried and true cakes that you can’t go wrong with. We like to eat our pound cake fresh out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you’ve never made or had a true southern pound cake I hope you add it to your Christmas baking list!
P.S. One of my sweet past co-workers gave me this recipe about 18 years ago. She was a great baker and cook and has since passed on. I cherish all of the recipes she shared with me and I’m happy to share this recipe with y’all.
Old Fashioned Southern Pound Cake recipe from Cheryl *slightly modified
2 sticks of butter, softened
1/ 2 cup Crisco shortening
3 cups sugar
5 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Generously grease and flour your tube pan and set it to the side.
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and crisco. Once creamed together, add each egg, one at a time .
In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Once the flour mixture is sifted, alternate mix in the flour mixture and milk, then mix in the vanilla.
Pour the cake batter into the tube pan and bake for an 60-90 minutes. The cake is don’t when a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool completed and serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!