We never call this cake the Destruction Cake. I just titled this post in that manner because of a previous posted about the 'destruction that wasteth at noonday'. It's just "Mom's Pound Cake" to us. That's how I wrote it on my recipe card that is definitely in the basket. We 'throw' it together when we need a little comfort, we 'throw' it together when we need a fondue dipper, we 'throw' it together when we can't think of anything else to serve for dessert. Sometimes, we top it with a glaze; sometimes we eat it plain. Sometimes, we powder-sugar it; sometimes, we make a rum cake! I can guarantee you that Mom didn't know THAT! My friend, Shelli, asked me several years ago if I had a pound cake recipe for her rum topping. I said, "Sure. Mom's is the best!" The resulting Rum Cake is wonderful! (Now, you're going to want THAT recipe, huh?)
Sometimes, we spread cold butter on it just as soon as we dare to cut it after it comes out of the oven. That, I must say, is my favorite way. The steam is still rising from it when the cold butter is laid on it. You don't think that it will melt, but it just soaks right in. Yum-O, in a very serious, heart-clogging way! The smell transports me back to my childhood like few tastes do. I must tell you about a very cruel, yet cozy thing my mother used to do. (Cruel, yet cozy? Please, do tell!) OK, then. I think she did what my mother-in-law does: used cooking and baking as therapy! After we all (five of us—the woman NEEDED therapy!) went to bed, she would start the mixer. And we all knew what was coming. Do you think you can go to sleep when you know that Pound Cake smell is going to be wafting through the house in about 20 minutes? That, my friend, is the cruel part! They really should create a Pound Cake candle and save us the work, the groceries, and the consequent calories! After about 30 or 40 minutes, I would drift happily off to sleep with that smell surrounding me. That, is the cozy part. But it is sandwiched by the cruelty of realizing the next morning that you missed out on spreading a warm piece with butter! Ughh. . . wait, there's a piece missing! "Moooooommmmm!"
Mom's Pound Cake
- Beat 1 c. shortening (you can also use butter—which I do!) and 2 c. sugar until fluffy.
- Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
- Add 1 t. vanilla. You can also add one or more of the following: orange, lemon, or rum flavoring, or ¼ t. almond.
- Sift or mix together: 3 c. flour, ½ t. baking soda, ½ t. baking powder, and ¾ t. salt.
- Add dry ingredients alternately with 1 c. buttermilk, starting and ending with dry ingredients.
- Bake at 350˚ for 1 hour. You can also bake in two loaf pans and for a shorter time.
PS: Gas prices? Up to $3.49 today. Oh yeah! We're way ahead of the national average of $3.16! Go Seattle!