This sweet loaf gets its lift from the thorough beating of butter and sugar (for a full eight minutes!) and plenty of eggs, instead of the usual leavenings that go into pound cake such as baking powder or baking soda.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • To store, wrap in plastic and keep at room temperature, up to 3 days, or wrap in plastic and freeze for up to 3 weeks. (Thaw, wrapped, at room temperature.)

Cook's Notes

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.

Reviews (6)

208 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 82
  • 3 star values: 45
  • 2 star values: 24
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 2.0 stars
03/25/2020
I’m an experienced baker and this is not good. I had high hopes with the batter, which was very light, but the finished product is dense, dry, and rubbery. I took it out after 40 minutes and it was still overdone. It’s edible with a thick icing for moisture, but I won’t be repeating.
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2014
Made it last weekend and it was awesome! My husband and I loved it. It was moist and perfect. The texture was exactly as I remember my mom's pound cake's used to be. It was the right amount for a two person family. Will be making it again soon.
Rating: Unrated
01/13/2014
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.
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Rating: Unrated
12/30/2013
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!
Rating: Unrated
09/19/2012
Lemon???
Rating: Unrated
01/29/2012
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!
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Rating: Unrated
08/20/2011
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.