Nannie's Plain Loaf Cake

Dianne Hocut


I remember asking Nannie to jot down her favorite pound cake recipe she had just made. She obliged, and to this day, I always use Nannie's recipe because it is a plain and simple butter cake which is just the right size for a small family. She titled the recipe, Plain Loaf Cake, and I still have the scribbled out recipe...


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10 Min
1 Hr


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  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 3
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 c
    all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 c
    whole milk
  • ·
    whipped cream, for garnish if desired

How to Make Nannie's Plain Loaf Cake


  1. Cream butter together with sugar till light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time and mix well on each addition.
  3. Add vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift flour together with salt and baking powder. Add these dry ingredients to the butter/egg mixture alternately with the milk.
  5. Butter and flour a 9x5x2 1/2 inch loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour or until a knife inserted comes out clean. To check your loaf pan size, measure inside side to side. Serve with whipped cream or plain as Nannie did.

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About Nannie's Plain Loaf Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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