I love summer time! It triggers memories of family vacations either as a child growing up as well as all the fun times Dave and I had with our kids on vacation. My most memorable summer vacation as a youth was when I was 13 years old. My stepfather, Mark was going to Virginia to visit his parents and siblings and invited me to go along. I was the middle child, so to have this opportunity was super exciting. What made it even funner was the fact that we rode his BMW motorcycle from Austin, Texas to Roanoke, Virginia. It was a blast! When we arrived at his family farm in beautiful Virginia I was greeted by loving new grandparents. I was shown my room for the two week visit on the upstairs floor of their old farm house. It was perfect. In the corner of the room was the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series in order and complete. I read everyone of those books from cover to cover that summer. For entertainment we either watched the Lawrence Welk Show on their old black and white TV or sat in the rocking chairs on the front porch and shelled peas.
My grandfather was a farmer. He would rise and shine early in the morning and work until lunch time. My grandmother was always busy in the kitchen making homemade macaroni and cheese (not from a box), fried tenderloin, corn pudding, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade rolls and a pound cake that I would dream about for years. I was in awe that on a daily basis this incredible feast was served up at the noon hour. In the evenings, when my grandfather would return from the fields, we would have left overs and for a treat, a cold bottle of Coca Cola. It was an awesome summer! When I didn’t have my nose buried in a Nancy Drew mystery, I would settle in on a stool in the kitchen and watch my grandmother at work. I remember one time I asked her for the recipe for her Pound Cake. She looked at me with a funny smile and explained she just new it by heart. She would add some flour, sugar, butter, lots of eggs and vanilla until the consistency looked right.
I have been searching for years for a recipe that would compare to that incredible cake she made by scratch and memory. I think I have found it! Everytime I make this cake it is gone way quicker then I imagined. It has a pound of butter in it, with almost a dozen of eggs and lots of vanilla with a small touch of lemon flavoring. It is super moist and rich in flavor. It has quickly become a family favorite. I love it because of all the fond memories it triggers.
Old Fashioned Pound Cake
- Dash of salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 10 large eggs
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 pound of butter
- 4 cups plus 2 TBS. GF flour
- 2 TBS. milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tsp. lemon flavoring
Add salt and baking powder to eggs in large bowl. Beat until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until thick. In another big bowl, combine butter with half of the flour and milk. Add rest of the flour and mix egg mixture with flour mixture. Add flavoring and beat well. Grease one bunt cake pan AND one small broad loaf pan. Fill bread loaf pan 2/3 the way and pour remaining batter in bunt cake pan. Bake for approximately 1 hour and 2o minutes at 300 degrees or until a tooth pick comes out cleanly.
Try sprinkling the cake with a little powdered sugar after it has cooled. Sliced strawberries and heavy whipped cream also make a delightful topper for this cake. Enjoy!