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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Grandmother’s Pound Cake was the best!

It is believed that pound cake is a Northern European dish, that dates back to the early 1700s. A traditional American pound cake would contain one pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar, hence the name pound cake.

young-woman-removing-a-loaf-of-bread-from-an-oven-made-by-the-born-range-co-1909-library-of-congressYoung woman removing a loaf of bread from an oven made by the Born Range Co 1909 (Library of Congress)

Old-fashioned Pound Cake

  • 1 stick oleo
  • 1 cup butter Crisco
  • 3 cup sugar
  • 3 cup plain flour (cake flour is the best)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sweet milk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream oleo and butter Crisco with an electric mixer on high. Add sugar, then eggs one at a time. Add flour, baking powder and milk. Beat well, add extract. Bake in a tube pan, starting with a cold oven (no preheated oven), 1 hour at 300 degrees. Take a knife and go around the side and center of pan.

RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America based on ancestors of the Cottingham family of Bibb County, Alabama – Inspired by true historical events, Mary and Henry Pattenden flee to America to escape persecution –  It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion. – Dr. Don P. Brandon, Retired Professor, Anderson University 

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Richard Johnston

    Wishing I had one right now.

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