Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Grandmother's Pound Cake

I've decided to challenge myself this week by limiting my cooking to items that are already in my pantry. My pantry is actually overflowing. But for some reason, I find the need to go to the grocery store every weekend even when I don't really need anything. It's a habit really and one habit that needs to be broken. So, I pulled out my cookbooks to see what I could whip up tonight. I was in the mood to bake. So, I found this recipe for Grandmother's Pound Cake. It only required five ingredients, all of which I had on hand. The recipe came from 5 Ingredients or Less by Gooseberry Patch, copyright 2002. This cookbook is perfect for a pantry challenge. I plan to cook a few more recipes from it this weekend.

Grandmother's Pound Cake
1 c. margarine
1-2/3 c. sugar
5 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour

Cream margarine; blend in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour; pour into a greased and floured 9"x5" loaf pan. Bake at 300 degrees for one to 1-1/2 hours. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Being from the south, I'm used to using salted butter in pound cakes. But, I always keep margarine in my refrigerator and was pleased to find a recipe that called for it. Using margarine makes this recipe a frugal dessert.

I also liked being able to add everything into the bowl at one time. It really sped up the process. I'll admit that I normally don't measure vanilla extract. I'm pretty generous with it!

This is so pretty that I can't even come up with words to describe it.

The cake baked for about 1 hour and 20 minutes which is typical for pound cakes. But, ovens do vary so I would start checking for doneness after about an hour. Low and slow - the secret to a good pound cake.

This pound cake would be perfect to use as a base for other desserts such as trifles or even tiramisu. The wheels are already turning in my head. But, for now, I will enjoy it in its purity.


  1. Susan at sshilo4@aol.comMarch 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    This sounds so simple and looks SO GOOD! I will make this immediately. I hope I can use butter in this recipe as we do not use margarine. Thank you for sharing this!!

  2. I made my first pound cake ever using this recipe. It turned out surprisingly well (I'm not much of baker). Thank you for posting this!

  3. Replies
    1. I don't think margarine comes in salted or unsalted varieties like butter does. Any margarine should do.


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