Pound cakes are among the simplest things to bake. It’s one of these cakes that you can just whip together and impress people with. You don’t even require a recipe to make one since the recipe is located within the name.
Pound cake gets its name from the fact that it calls for a pound of bread, a pound of butter (yes!), a pound of sugar and a pound of eggs. That is it. If that seems like a great deal of cake, you can cut the ingredients in half — so long as the ratio remains the same, that’s all that matters. Pretty simple, huh?
The first recipe dates back to the 1700s, but today many variations can be located on this very simple cake. People have begun adding leavening to make it less dense; orange zest to give it a burst of taste; chocolate to make it more, well, chocolatey. That’s the beautiful thing about pound cake: it’s a blank canvas — that is pretty much food evidence — for whatever your soul desires.
But what I like most about this cake is how effective it’s at liberating the amateur baker in the stiff guidance of recipes. The amount of times people are advised that baking is the exact science is enough to frighten anyone from getting creative in the kitchen. But with a pound cake recipe — just one you may cook off the top of your mind — experimentation gets easy. And that is when good baking starts to happen.
Now if you don’t feel like baking one yourself, of course, you can always order one here.