Pound Cake, Explained

Pound cake. Those two words are enough to make you clear your dining plans so you have plenty of room for that sweet dessert. Its simplicity is a favorite for bakers needing a quick dessert for guests or an offering for the next meal with the mother-in-law. Below, we have your questions about pound cake answered. 

Why is it called pound cake? 

Pound cake has an easy-to-remember recipe. A traditional pound cake is made with a pound each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. That’s a lot of cake! It’s common for people to add sour cream or flavors like vanilla to this dense cake.  

How can I serve up pound cake? 

Sticking with tradition, this sour cream pound cake calls for lots of butter, sugar, eggs, cake flour, and sour cream for a delectable bite. You can even add whipped cream and fruit to the top of the cake for extra sweetness. Adding zest to your pound cake recipe provides a refreshing zing to your slice of cake, so don’t fret about adding too much sweetness through your toppings. A scoop of ice cream is another great choice! Of course, don’t forget to wash it all down with a tall glass of milk. 

Why does it take so long to bake? 

There’s a lot to bake in this classic cake. This big cake requires a long cooking time, so be patient and enjoy the delectable smells filling your home as you wait. And patience is a must! The oven is set to a lower temperature so the inside has a chance to cook before your crust burns. Hungry bakers are warned!

How do I keep pound cake fresh? 

Don’t worry about finishing your pound cake in one sitting. Cake lovers swear that pound cake tastes even better the next day. Wrap the leftover pound cake and store it in the refrigerator for a fresh cake all week long. 

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