Prep 35 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
My mother's favorite cake to make for friends and neighbors....and she must have made at least 200+ in her lifetime! The mace gives it a little different flavor from most pound cakes, but that's the flavor I associate with childhood! This recipe originated in Aiken, SC, or so the story goes. This cake freezes well.
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup shortening (Crisco)
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 5 large eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground mace
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole milk
- Spray heavy-duty bundt or tube pan with Baker's Secret or grease and flour it.
- In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, mace, and salt, and set aside.
- Add vanilla to milk, and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- To shortening/butter mixture, alternately add 1/3 flour mixture and 1/3 milk mixture, mixing between additions.
- Repeat until all flour and milk are incorporated into batter.
- Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
- Place cake in COLD oven.
- Turn oven to 350 degrees and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes.
- Do NOT open oven door while cake is baking.
- After the 70 minutes cooking time, test cake for doneness, as oven temperatures vary.
- Cake should be golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted in center of cake should come out clean.
- After cake is partially cooled, remove from pan.
- VARIATION: Substitute rum or brandy flavoring for the vanilla.
- If desired, make a glaze of powdered sugar and water or lemon juice and pour over cooled cake.
This cake is just simple yet amazing! I made the glaze using water and lemon juice, but allowed those who wanted it to use it... I used vanilla flavoring, and also think the other suggestions sound great too..with brandy or rum flavoring. I have all this mace... Im going to have to make this cake many times *laugh* ;-)
This cake is really tasty! I used nutmeg instead of mace and it gives a lovely delicate flavour.