Back of The Basics: Pound Cake Although it can be enjoyed all year long, I crave pound cake during the warmer months. Thick slices are transformed into a spectacular dessert when caramelized on the grill. Thin pieces become moist when smothered with fresh berries and fluffy whipped cream. Chunks can be layered with custard and stone fruit in a trifle or simply topped with ice cream and sauce in a sundae. With classic pound cake, the dessert possibilities are endless! Traditionally a pound cake was made with a pound each of flour, sugar, and butter, but nowadays, the recipe is a little different. Once you've mastered the technique you can experiment not only with the final preparations, but with mix-ins as well. Stir in fresh citrus zest, different flavored extracts or liqueurs, chocolate chips, etc. But first: here's the basic recipe. Pound Cake From Martha Stewart Ingredients1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan 1 cup sugar 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 6-cup (8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch) loaf pan; set aside. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating just until combined (do not overmix). Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour (tent with aluminum foil if browning too quickly). Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and turn upright to cool completely. Serves 8. Information Category Desserts, Cake Cuisine North American View 5 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Comments Wisdomqueenearth2939556 5 years I just baked this recipe. I didn't use the vanilla extract, I squeezed fresh lemon juice ( one lemon/ NO SEEDS) in the batter. I didn't have to bake it as long. I used a pan that have 4 small loafs, that equal the amount of one loaf. It taste amazing and you can taste the lemon in the cake..