Mrs. Adams’ Delicious Pound Cake

My mother has been praising our neighbor Mrs. Adams’ pound cake for many years. My mother is a self-described cake person (“There are cake people and there are pie people. I’m a cake person.”) who gets dreamy eyed just thinking about this pound cake. So, when Mrs. Adams prepared this cake (among several other desserts) for a neighborhood party, I couldn’t wait to try it. It really was divine. Perfect. When I stopped by to get the recipe I captured the Adams granddaughter four-year-old Marly eyeing the cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of Imperial margarine (sticks)**
  • 6 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Method

1 Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat lightly, mixing in well after each addition. Add flour and mix well. Add vanilla before, during, and after adding the flour.

2 Pour batter into a stick-free or greased and floured bundt cake pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours on 325°F. Begin watching the cake at 1 hour. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cake should be cracked on top and golden brown.

3 Cool for 5 minutes on a cake rack. Loosen the sides with a knife. Gently remove the cake from the pan while still warm.

** Note: before I get raked through the coals by my fellow foodie purists (or in my case, semi-purists if such a thing is possible), note that I did ask if I could use butter for this recipe. The answer was that this particular recipe requires not only margarine, but Imperial margarine, and not in the tub either - you need to use the kind sold in sticks. I have often been given recipes that require margarine from people who tell me that it just works better in their particular recipe. Even so, personally, I don't cook with margarine, and if I were to cook this pound cake, I would substitute butter for the margarine. Most pound cake recipes do call for butter (1 lb of butter, 1 lb of flour, etc).

Other pound cake recipes:
Joy of Baking Pound Cake
The Chitterling Site Pound Cake
Pound cake recipes at Food Blog Search

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