Pound Cake



  1. Heat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with butter.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  4. Use an electric mixer to cream the butter in a bowl until it's smooth.
  5. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar and beat until it's well blended, then add the remaining sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  7. Add the vanilla and beat until blended.
  8. Stir in the dry ingredients by hand until the mixture is smooth; don't mix it too much and don't use the electric mixer.
  9. Transfer the batter to the loaf pan and smooth out the top.
  10. Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Let the cake rest in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
  12. Remove the pan, then turn the cake right side up.
  13. Cool before slicing.
  14. Serve warm or store at room temperature, wrapped in wax paper, for several days.