1 Gather your ingredients. Pound cake is one of the simplest cakes to bake. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup (225 g) of unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup (225 g) of granulated sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons (9.9 mL) of vanilla extract
- 5 eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups (240 g) of cake flour (or, you can use 2 cups minus 2 Tbsp (234 g) of all-purpose flour plus 2 Tbsp (16 g) of cornstarch)
2 Preheat the oven to 325 °F (163 °C) and grease and flour a cake pan. Pound cakes are best baked in deep pans, such as loaf pans or bundt pans. Use butter or shortening to grease the pan. Then, sprinkle a light layer of flour into the pan, rotate the pan until it’s evenly coated, then tap out the excess flour.
3 Cream the butter and sugar. Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat them together until the mixture is light, fluffy and creamy.
4 Add the eggs and vanilla. For best results, add the eggs one at a time and beat the mixture in between. Keep beating the mixture until the eggs are completely incorporated
5 Stir in the cake flour. Keep the electric mixer on low or use a wooden spoon to stir the flour in a bit at a time until it’s just incorporated. Be careful not to overmix it.
6 Pour the batter into the pan. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
7 Bake the cake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Rotate the pan 180 degrees halfway through the cook time to ensure it bakes evenly. The cake is finished when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Enjoy your delicious homemade cake!