Enjoy a slice of this classic cake on its own or topped with berries and whipped cream.


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Recipe Summary

Makes 2 loaves


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour two 9-by-5-by-3-inch (or larger) loaf pans and set aside.

  • Sift the flour with the salt and baking powder two times and set aside.

  • With an electric mixer, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy.

  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk and vanilla. Stir only until thoroughly blended.

  • Pour batter into the prepared pans, making sure to divide the batter evenly between the two pans. Level tops with an offset spatula. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan about 10 minutes; then remove to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.

Reviews (8)

141 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 53
  • 2 star values: 31
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 1.0 stars
Very dry and fell apart
Rating: 5 stars
Made this cake in October. Excellent recipe. I did not change a thing. And no, do not substitute unbleached cake flour for this. Do not skimp on time when adding eggs. Insure that they have the full beating time so that they are well incorporated. Use the recipe to make your own cake flour using unbleached flour and corn starch. I also whipped up some fresh whipping cream and made a strawberry sauce. The cake was a big hit with my guests. I made them in loaf pans. I cut the second one in half to freeze so my husband could have it for a snack.
Rating: 3 stars
This is a faboulous recipe! I followed it exactly...wonderful. A great pound cake for guest, and family at holiday meals. Ronnie Taulbee
Rating: Unrated
Can i use unbleached cake flour instead?
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Cake flour or all purpose flour? Because the cake flour has baking powder inside already.
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I kept a watchful eye on my oven during baking...rotating pans @ about halfway through. However, @ about one hour into baking, the cakes were really pretty far along color wise. I tested them w/a wooden skewer which came out dry and removed them from the oven after 70 minutes!! 1 1/2 hours would have been way too long!
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wintergal, this makes 2 cakes and it's a lot of flour the amount of baking powder seems about right
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i am afraid to try this recipe. the quantity of baking powder seems to be too much. other recipes have 1/2 t, not 4t.
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i cant see it