Pound cake is a type of cake that traditionally gets its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.
It is a dense, buttery cake that is often baked in a loaf pan. Pound cake can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of toppings such as fruit, whipped cream, or a dusting of powdered sugar.
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature, 3 cups granulated sugar, 6 large eggs, at room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease and flour a 10-inch loaf pan.In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.
Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once the cake is cool, it can be served plain or with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of caramel sauce.