King Arthur Flour Pound Cake
When someone creates a good thing, you don't mess with a good thing. You repeat, said genius. And when it comes to pound cake, there should be no competition. If one discovers the perfect recipe, one should share it. And that is exactly what our friends at King Arthur Flour have done. Created perfection in a pound cake, and then sent it out to all of us via the interweb.
So rather than attempt to recreate already discovered perfection, I'm just going to go ahead and endorse and copy their recipe below. Voila, the King Arthur Flour Pound Cake recipe!
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 large eggs
Preheat the oven to 325°F with a rack in the center position. Lightly grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
Using an electric or stand mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese at high speed until they're very light and fluffy.
Add the salt, sugar, flour, and baking powder, and mix to combine; the batter will be stiff.
Add the extracts and 1 egg. Beat well. Continue to add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; the finished batter should be extremely light and fluffy.
Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake the cake for 85 to 90 minutes, tenting it lightly with aluminum foil after 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven, and after 5 minutes turn it out of the pan to cool on a rack.
Serve the cake warm or at room temperature; dust it lightly with confectioners' sugar just before slicing, if desired.
Store the cake, well-wrapped, at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.
Also, if I may, just buy King Arthur Flour. Just do it. It's the best you'll find.