Pound Cake Loaf for #HelpingHands #SundaySupper

Pound Cake Loaf | Magnolia Days

There are times when people are in need. Sickness, death, employment loss, or other tragic circumstances cause hardships. Mother Nature can bring mass devastation that impacts so many. Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast hard. Homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.  It will take a long time to recover and repair from the storm.

The Sunday Supper team wants to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Each of us is sharing a recipe for something to make for those in need. I have baked a pound cake loaf for many occasions, including ones for friends and family going through difficult times. It does not take a long time to bake and it is easily transportable. All you have to do is wrap it in foil or plastic wrap. It can be sliced and eaten without utensils.

The pound cake loaf is different than traditional pound cake. It has a lighter and softer texture. It also has a crispy top. Be careful when you take it out of the pan. I suggest placing a paper towel or tea towel on top before you turn it upside down to get it out of the pan. The top will crack a little. It will settle and all will be good once it cools. Honestly, I could eat that crunchy top all by itself. Oh, and follow the instructions to beat it for 5 minutes. And be sure to use cake flour. The flour and mixing time is what gives it the light and soft texture.

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Would you like to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy? Here are links to two organizations the Sunday Supper team supports and recommends:

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Pound Cake Loaf
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  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups cake flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup milk, at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9- X 5- X 3-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar on high speed of an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Add milk and beat for 5 minutes at medium speed of an electric hand mixer. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living 1985 Annual Recipes cookbook.

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  1. says

    Ooh I love Pound Cakes but never knew the difference!Your loaf looks gorgeous and really soft on the inside.I’ve never tried making them but think I should now :)

  2. says

    Growing up, Pound Cake was what I always asked for on my birthday…I have such great memories of it. Yet, I don’t really make it as an adult. And I don’t know why. I think I need to change that with your recipe…it looks and sounds fantastic!

  3. says

    Your tips are great – cake flour does make such a difference. Your pound cake looks fantastic and I wish I could have a piece for breakfast :) Thank you! ~ Bea

  4. says

    What a perfect cake for a great cause! I may have just the right flour to make this cake. Thanks for the recipe. I am here for the first time: came from another blog. Your blog is lovely and I am definitely be back for more tasty treats… :)

  5. Sarah says

    Renee, my nickname growing up was poundcake. I guess with a name like Sarah Lee it’s to be expected. I may have tried to make poundcake once before when I first started cooking but I think I want to try it again, because this poundcake looks gorgeous! Hope you had a wonderful trip to Germany.

  6. says

    This is one of my favorite desserts…I love it topped with fresh berries and their juices! Perfect food gift, too…who wouldn’t be thrilled receiving this?

    PS…welcome home!


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