04 January 2014

Weekend Cooking: Dotty's Pound Cake

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Pound Cake, Southern LivingToday's post is in honor of my late-mother-in-law. For many years, until her eyesight finally failed her, Dotty would have a freshly made pound cake waiting for us every time we came to visit.

I think I will forever associate pound cake with her kindness, generosity, and love. She always made hers in a tube pan / angel food cake pan, like the one in the photo here.

I didn't have time to bake this week, so I am using an image from the Southern Living website. If you click on the link, you'll find the magazine's "10 Steps to the Perfect Pound Cake." I plan to study those tips, because my cakes are never quite as good as Dotty's were. That's probably because she put a lot of love into her baking.

Here is her recipe in her own words.

Dotty's Pound Cake
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Melt butter in milk. Cream eggs and sugar. Add flour and milk mixture gradually. Add vanilla. Add baking powder last but do not beat hard.

Batter will be thin. I use an angel cake pan, but I think a Bundt would be good. Bake at 325F for 50 to 60 minutes. Test before removing.


Tina 1/4/14, 7:08 AM  

What a wonderful tribute to your late mother-in-law. Thank you for sharing a memory with cooking and my condolences on your loss. Xxxx

Beth S. 1/4/14, 7:42 AM  

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of you MIL. She sounds like a wonderful person. That pound cake recipe us a great tribute to her.

Unknown 1/4/14, 8:02 AM  

That sounds like such an easy and lovely recipe. For some reason you can never make things as good as some one who has passed. My grandmother passed away almost 15 years ago and since then my mom and aunts have been trying to make this marshmallow/fruit salad she used to make and it never comes out the same.

Literate Housewife 1/4/14, 8:22 AM  

What a nice post to honor your MIL. Thanks for sharing her recipe.

Anonymous,  1/4/14, 8:38 AM  

Oh this is such a sweet way to honour your mother in law. Thank you for sharing.
I'm sharing a family recipe for a simple but delicious cake today as well.

Col (Col Reads) 1/4/14, 8:39 AM  

I am so sorry to hear that your mother-in-law passed away. What a lovely tribute. There's nothing like remembering people through the food they made for us.

Amanda 1/4/14, 9:31 AM  

What a wonderful tribute. *hugs*

Esme 1/4/14, 9:48 AM  

Wha t a fun tradition always having pound cake waiting for you. It is interesting how we associate certain foods with people.

bermudaonion 1/4/14, 10:29 AM  

It's nice to have a memory like that. I do so love a good pound cake.

Booksnyc 1/4/14, 10:32 AM  

What a nice tribute to your MIL. Food always creates such powerful memories and associations.

Kailana 1/4/14, 11:08 AM  

Great post. It is so nice how food brings people together. :)

Dana Tanaro Britt 1/4/14, 12:00 PM  

Thanks so much for sharing--tis a sweet tribute to your Mother-in-law. Hugs to you and Mr. BFR.

Linda 1/4/14, 12:20 PM  

My condolences to you and your family. What a wonderful way to remember her.

(Diane) bookchickdi 1/4/14, 12:54 PM  

What a beautiful way to remember your mother-in-law. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 1/4/14, 1:03 PM  

I'm sorry to hear about your Mother-in-law - I lost my Father-in-law this summer and I know it's a hard thing to go through. My MIL is also a baker and makes a mean lemon pound cake.

Sharon Galligar Chance 1/4/14, 1:24 PM  

A lovely post and tribute to your mother-in-law! Well done!

Unknown 1/4/14, 1:25 PM  

What a wonderful way to honor Dotty. It's a great simple recipe and nothing is better than pound cake!!

Daryl 1/4/14, 1:37 PM  

Dotty's recipe is the same one i used to use ... its fool proof really .. i used a loaf pan but i dont think the pan matters ... lovely post, BFR, i am sure she'd have loved it

Carole 1/4/14, 1:39 PM  

Lovely post. Happy New Year - thanks for keeping on hosting.

Laurie C 1/4/14, 2:07 PM  

That's such a nice memory to have. I made a pound cake once, years ago (The recipe seemed so simple!) and I think it weighed TEN pounds. I definitely would need to look at the tips before attempting this very simple-sounding recipe!

rhapsodyinbooks 1/4/14, 2:38 PM  

Lovely tribute; sending much sympathy to you and your husband!

Anonymous,  1/4/14, 2:55 PM  

For Christmas this year I tried making the Chocolate cake in the microwave! Ok it was more like a swooshed brownie, but it was really nice :) :) This year, among other things I really want an oven - just to make a real cake :)

This sounds easy to make and looks yumm!
-Veens @ Our Ordinary Life

Anonymous,  1/4/14, 2:59 PM  

( I pressed submit too fast on my last comment) What a lovely memory of your Mother-in-Law, I am sure her cakes would have been awesome. Thank you for sharing..

Peaceful Reader 1/4/14, 3:04 PM  

I love it when a recipe transports us to another time and place. Your mother-in-law's pound cake sounds delicious. How wonderful that she made it every time you visited. Thank you for sharing. I've never made a pound cake and will have to give it a try.

Heather 1/4/14, 6:14 PM  

Oh my gosh. I miss pound cake. That looks and sounds amazing.

Heather 1/4/14, 6:16 PM  

I have so many recipes from my grandmother. One was for poundcake. Another reason I miss it so.

Joy 1/4/14, 7:34 PM  

What a beautiful family tradition! I like the idea of pound cake in an angel cake pan -- makes it extra special!

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grammajudyb 1/4/14, 7:54 PM  

I don't think I have every made pound cake. How many eggs? I see the list of ingredients, but no eggs. Thanks,

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity 1/4/14, 10:37 PM  

More hugs sent your way. I hope you do get a change to make this pound cake soon. It's amazing the memories and love thwh can be conjured through cooking or food.

Cecelia 1/5/14, 12:34 AM  

What a lovely memory of your mother-in-law! I know some of the best memories I have of my family somehow involve food - it's a great connector. Thanks for sharing!

Julie P. 1/5/14, 8:53 AM  

I'm sorry for your loss. I love that you posted her pound cake recipe in honor of her. It looks wonderful!

Sue Jackson 1/6/14, 11:01 AM  

The pound cake looks and sounds delicious! That is something I haven't figured out how to do since having to go dairy-free. My son and I are also sugar-free at the moment, trying to tackle some medical issues, so that is tough, especially with all the holiday goodies still lurking around!

So, thanks for the pound cake photo - I am drooling! lol


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Margot 1/7/14, 6:11 PM  

What a lovely tribute to your mother-in-law. I think it's wonderful that, when we are lucky to have these food legacies, they remind us of special people who made them and the times we spent with them.

I've never made a pound cake this way before. Now I have to try it just out of curiosity.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 1/8/14, 3:18 AM  

What a nice memory. I have a few family recipes like that too. Although I love pound cake I never tried making it. I thought it would be more difficult but this recipe seems pretty easy.

Marg 1/12/14, 8:09 AM  

Belated condolences to you all. Dotty sounds as though she was a lovely lady.

Julie Goucher 3/6/14, 11:45 AM  

Beth, I am very sorry for your loss. It is a dreadful time and I am so late reading this because my Mum was in hospital from 10th Dec. She sadly passed away on Valentines Day, just short of her 67th birthday. Her funeral is tomorrow (7th March)

I often shared your posts with Mum, either by her looking at the screen when she was here or by emailing the link and she loved reading the posts, seeing the books.

Sending you comforting thoughts as you and your family deal with the emotional turmoil the loss of a love one creates.

Best, Julie

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