Origins of Pound Cake

Oh, how we love pound cake. It's a classic dessert even a novice baker can make. Pound cake can be a simple snack with a cup of coffee or transformed into a fancier treat. The basic ingredients are butter, flour, sugar, and eggs, but there are many variations of them. Each is as tasty as the next. Since the cake doesn't weigh a pound, why are they called a pound cake?

Turns out, the original pound cake didn't weigh a pound... it weighted FOUR pounds!

Pound cake was created in the early 1700s in Britain. The recipe was copied and featured in the first American cookbook American Cookery by Amelia Simmons (published in 1796!).

It read, "One pound sugar, one pound butter, one pound flour, one pound or ten eggs, rose water one gill, spices to your taste; watch it well, it will bake in a slow oven in 15 minutes."

While the baked cake was over a pound, each of the ingredients weighed a pound. The name stuck.

No one wants to make (or eat) a four pound cake, so over the years the core ingredients are the same, but the quantities have changed. The ratio of ingredients is still 1:1:1:1. Leavening agents, like baking powder or baking soda, have been added to produce a lighter cake.

Across the world, different countries have their take on this classic dessert. In the United States, some of the butter is substituted with sour cream or cream cheese to add a slight tang to the cake. In regions of the Caribbean, they add rum. In France, some beaten egg whites instead of whole yolks are incorporated for a lighter batter. If you have a pound cake in Mexico, it might have walnuts or raisins. A Venezuelan/Columbian style drenches a pound cake in wine.

Pound cakes are a blank canvas. Follow the ratio of ingredients, add extracts, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips - whatever your taste buds desire - to create a magnificent dessert. If you bake to make a pound cake, try one of these Blue Ribbon pound cake recipes

Blue Ribbon Pound Cake Recipes

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Old School Butter Pound Cake"This cake will get you raves wherever you...

Old School Butter Pound Cake

"This cake will get you raves wherever you bring it. The pound cake is so buttery and moist. This recipe is a simple, classic pound cake. Cut yourself a slice alongside a cup of tea. Or, add some fresh berries and whipped cream on top. After one bite, friends and family will be asking you to make this all the time." - The Kitchen Crew

Best Pound Cake Ever"This is my Aunt Gloria's pound cake recipe. It...

Best Pound Cake Ever

"This is my Aunt Gloria's pound cake recipe. It really is the best pound cake I've ever had. I try not to make it too often because my husband tends to eat the whole thing." - Joanne

Lemon Lime Iced Pound Cake"This is by far the best tart, moist...

Lemon Lime Iced Pound Cake

"This is by far the best tart, moist and delicious pound cake ever! I have tweaked this recipe until it came out perfect!!! It makes two whole loaves, so you can freeze one for a later time or you can bring this to any gathering." - Christina

Irish Cream Pound Cake"This pound cake has the delicious flavor of Baileys...

Irish Cream Pound Cake

"This pound cake has the delicious flavor of Baileys in every bite! It can also be served without the caramel glaze and just a dusting of powdered sugar." - Debbie Sue

Butter Pecan Pound Cake"This is a decadent pound cake recipe with a...

Butter Pecan Pound Cake

"This is a decadent pound cake recipe with a wonderful pecan flavor thanks to the ground toasted pecans mixed in the batter. What makes this pound cake extra good is poking holes in the warm cake and pouring a rich butter glaze on top." - The Kitchen Crew

Jake Thomas - Mar 18, 2020
Wow, looks really fantastic, thanks for posting!
autum clothes - Mar 13, 2020
It tastes really good.
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