Strawberry shortcake pound cake: Bake the cake in a loaf pan, slice it horizontally, and the strawberries and whipped cream. Here’s the recipe (photo © The Baker Chick).
 Pistachio chocolate chip pound cake bundt. Here’s the recipe (photo © King Arthur Flour).
 In the summer, add fresh berries to the batter. Here’s the recipe. In the winter, you can use the frozen berries (photo © QVC).
A pound cake is a loaf cake, although some people make them in Bundt pans.
The original pound cake recipe, buttery and moist, was made with one pound each of butter, flour, sugar, and eggs (that’s about eight eggs), plus flavoring—hence the name.
Vanilla or lemon are the classic pound cake flavors, but quite a few variations have evolved through the years:
Adding buttermilk, cream cheese, or sour cream to the batter.
Every flavoring under the sun (amaretto, Black Forest, blood orange, cappuccino, caramel turtle, chocolate/white chocolate, chocolate chip, coconut-macadamia, Grand Marnier, Key lime, peanut butter, pecan, and so on).
Fruit or a fruit swirl.
See the pound cake recipes below.
POUND CAKE HISTORY
The original recipe, developed in England in the 1700s, made a very large and dense cake. By the mid-1800s, the ingredient proportions had been adjusted to make a smaller, lighter cake.
The British pound cake is actually a fruit cake containing currants, raisins, sultanas (golden raisins), and glacé cherries. While the cake portion was similar to modern pound cakes, these fruited pound cakes were the traditional wedding cakes.
Since the ingredients are so simple, it’s hard to make a bad pound cake—just use the freshest eggs and butter you can find, real vanilla extract, and don’t over-bake.
POUND CAKE RECIPES
Pound cakes are so easy to make—why not whip one up to celebrate National Pound Cake Day?
While a plain piece of pound cake is a joy, some added whipped cream, berries, vanilla ice cream or the full monty—a pound cake hot fudge sundae—makes the occasion even more joyous.
Blueberry Pound Cake
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Grilled Pound Cake
Maple Pound Cake
Orange Pound Cake
Peanut Butter Pound Cake
Pineapple Pound Cake
Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake Bundt
S’mores Ice Cream Cake
Sweet Potato Pound Cake
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