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)
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.
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.
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
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
Pour the batter into the pan. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl
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