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 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.