Perfect Pound Cake
Our retooled pound cake recipe adjusts the traditional ingredient ratios (a pound of each ingredient), and adds baking powder and sour cream for a dense but fluffy loaf that's a sure-fire winner. Adding the baking powder while creaming the butter and sugar is a game-changing trick, it means it is fully distributed into the batter.
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.
You can use a larger, 9-by-5-inch pan here, but the cake will be flatter, so start checking for doneness a few minutes early. Adding an additional dairy product such as sour cream, yogurt, or milk is not traditional for pound cake, but we like how it lightens the texture.