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Perfect Pound Cake

This loaf gets its lift from the thorough beating of the butter and sugar (a full eight minutes) and eggs, instead of leavenings such as baking powder or baking soda.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • servings: 8
Photography: Con Poulos

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), sifted, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Cook's Note

Let refrigerated butter sit at room temperature for 30 minutes; it should hold an indentation when pressed. If your eggs are cold, submerge them in warm water for 15 minutes.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter and flour a 4 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until very light and fluffy, 7 minutes. Scrape down bowl and beat 1 minute more. Add vanilla, then gradually add eggs, beating well and scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add salt, then gradually add flour, beating well to combine and scraping down bowl as needed.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer batter to pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 65 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack, 1 hour. Remove cake from pan and let cool completely on rack before slicing.

Source
Everyday Food, May 2011

Reviews (5)

  • 13 Jan, 2014

    Well it turns out that this is no the so perfect pound cake. I made it this weekend, and omg it turn out to be so hard, I followed the receipe excatly as it reads. I don't know what I did wrong that it's hard and very dry.

  • 30 Dec, 2013

    I just put it in the oven, I didn't have vanilla extract :/ but I realized it too late and decided to keep going, we'll see how it turned out. Hopefully good, fingers crossed!

  • 19 Sep, 2012

    Lemon???

  • 29 Jan, 2012

    Just made this and found it to be a little dry. With my oven 65 minutes was way to long so i took it out 20 minutes early. One should start checking for doneness around 40 minutes into the baking time. The recipe says mix well so I don't think I over mixed it although I did forget to add the lemon, etc with eggs so I had to add it after the flour. I will try again hopefully without error!

  • 20 Aug, 2011

    I followed this recipe exactly, with the exception of substituting Splenda Baking Sugar for granulated sugar. During the baking, it smelled fabulous. However, the taste was very very "eggy". Too "eggy" as a matter of fact. I am going to retry with regular sugar to see if that makes a difference. I'll let you know. If it tastes the same as today's version, I will be just as disappointed.