Pound cake is one of the best desserts to take to a potluck since everyone loves it. At a back to school meeting I decided to make a few buddies some cake for motivation. I can't say it helped with the motivation piece but it was well loved indeed.
The name pound cake refers to an old recipe that called for a pound of each ingredient. If that is the standard than this would be considered a "light" recipe since it only has 3/4 of a pound of butter. Regardless of the measurement, this cake is divine. The extra vanilla and glaze over top make this cake really special for any occasion.
3 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
3 cups of sugar
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups of flour
1 cup of milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons vanilla extract (enough to make the glaze a runny consistency)
First, combine the softened butter with the sugar with an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl. until it is fluffy and light yellow in color. Add the eggs, one at a time. Make sure you mix really well after adding each egg. Add the vanilla and set to the side.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Add in 1/3rd of the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Then add in 1/3 of the cup of milk. Continue alternating both ingredients ending with the dry mixture.
Pour the batter into a greased tube pan and bake for 90 minutes. You will know the cake is done with the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean, or almost clean. For the vanilla glaze, whisk the powdered sugar with the vanilla extract until it is smooth and runny.
Let the tube pan cool for 45 minutes before taking the cake out. Let the cake cool completely before pouring the glaze over the top.