1 hr 45 mins
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Member #610488's Note:
The name Pound Cake comes from the fact that the original pound cake contained one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. The pound cake dates back to the early 18th century, and was favored because its ingredients were easy to remember: one pound each of four things. By modern times, the proportions of the recipe were adjusted to make the cake less heavy. It can be served dusted with powdered sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with a coat of icing.
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- 1Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Using a pastry brush, thoroughly coat an 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-3/4-inch loaf pan with 1 tbsp softened butter. Line the bottom with a rectangle of parchment.
- 2In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt and whisk thoroughly.
- 3Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed until thickened and lightened in color, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside. Clean the bowl of the stand mixer and fit it with the paddle attachment.
- 4Beat the butter on medium-low speed until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and mix 1 minute longer. Add the sugar 1 to 2 tbsp at a time, taking about 4 minutes to add it all and scraping the bowl as needed.
- 5Still on medium-low speed, slowly add half of the beaten eggs, taking about 2 minutes to add them. Scrape the bowl as needed and beat for 30 seconds more.
- 6Reduce the speed to low and add the dry ingredients alternately with the remaining eggs (divide the flour into 3 parts and the eggs into 2 parts), mixing just until each addition is incorporated. Scrape the bowl and beat on medium low for 10 seconds more.
- 7Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Smooth the top with the back of a large soup spoon, making sure to reach well into the corners. Bang the pan on the counter two times to remove any air pockets.
- 8Bake the cake until the top is golden-brown, the sides begin to pull away from the pan, and a thin wooden skewer inserted slightly off center into the cake (not into the crack) comes out clean, 1 hour and 20 to 25 minutes.
- 9During the last 15 minutes of baking, lightly spray a 12-inch strip of aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray and rest it loosely on top of the cake. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan.
- 10Dust the top with confectioners’ sugar and use a serrated knife to cut the cake into 1/2-inch slices.
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Nutritional Facts for American Kitchen Classic Basic Pound Cake
Serving Size: 1 (121 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 483.6
- Calories from Fat 249
- Total Fat 27.6 g
- Saturated Fat 16.5 g
- Cholesterol 181.0 mg
- Sodium 193.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 52.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
- Sugars 31.4 g
- Protein 7.0 g