When I was growing up we often had homemade pound cake. I didn’t even realize that you could buy it premade until I was a teenager and saw it at the grocery store. I surprised my mom and brought home the store-bought cake and served us a slice. It was quite different from my mother’s cake! It was then that I realized my mother’s pound cakes were something special!
This pound cake recipe is simple, easy to make, and very tender. The tenderness comes from cake flour, which is a very fine flour with lower protein content than all-purpose flour. The picture below shows the cake flour I used in this recipe, but there are several other brands available. Unfortunately, cake flour is not always available outside the U.S.
If you don’t have access to cake flour you can use all-purpose flour or make your own cake flour.
How to Make Your Own Cake Flour
If you can’t buy cake flour, follow these steps to make your own:
- Measure 1 cup of all-purpose flour.
- Remove two tablespoons of flour from the measured 1 cup.
- Add 2 tablespoons of corn starch (or cornflour) to the all-purpose flour.
- Do this for every cup of flour called for in the recipe.
- Sift the flour and corn starch mixture. As shown in the above photo, I use a strainer and stir the flour with a whisk to sift it.
I also sift the boxed cake flour before using it in the recipe. This aerates the flour so you can measure more accurately. I fill a measuring cup with flour and then level it with a knife so that extra flour is not added to the recipe.
Another tip for pound cake success is to let the butter, milk, and eggs come to room temperature before starting. Your cake will be fluffier and have a finer texture by following this tip.
Also, to avoid overbeating the butter and sugar mixture, keep the mixer on medium speed rather than high speed. Then, when adding the flour, slow the mixer a little more. If overbeaten, the flour’s gluten can be overdeveloped which can cause the cake to rise well in the oven and then collapse just enough to create gluey streaks in your cake.