Why is a pound cake so named? Many good cooks have their own techniques for make a pound cake from scratch, but a traditional pound cake is made from one pound each of four ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, and flour, and a bit of lemon or vanilla extract.
Usually the recipe calls for a cake much larger than most families will eat, and so the quantity is often changed to suit the size of the cake that is being made. Whether you make a large or small cake, it is easy to determine the amount of ingredients because the ratio is still 1:1:1:1 of the same four ingredients.
At one time, the ingredients were actually measured. However, today they are no longer weighed and measured as long as the same amount is used for all four. Pound cakes are generally baked in either a loaf pan or a Bundt mold, and served either dusted with powdered sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with icing.
Pound cakes can be eaten plain or with ice cream, whipped cream or fruit. Slices can also be eaten cold or warm from the oven.
Even though March 4 is celebrated as National Pound Cake Day, the cake is so delicious that it is often eaten whenever it is available.