Ultimate Pound Cakes

The pound cake originated in Europe during the first half of the 18th century and received its weighty name because the recipe called for a pound of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. This was a time when most people could not read so it was a simple way to remember the recipe. Over the years, bakers have transformed the cake to make it lighter and more suited to a typical family's needs, however the name stuck. 

Having lived in New York for fifteen years, I grew accustomed to eyeing the Jenga-like stacks of plastic cling-wrapped pound cake slices on the deli counters and like others often have the misconception that this type of cake is bland and boring. Phyllis Hoffman Depiano says "nay, nay" to that stereotype - the pound cake has been reborned in her new book, Ultimate Pound Cakes: Classic Recipe Collection. Nearly 100 recipes that will rock your pound cake dreams are shared in various flavors and sizes.

One of my favorite pound cakes is the Ultimate cream cheese vanilla bean pound cake. I have made a version of this cake so many times, always to rave reviews and it is truly one dangerous cake to make without having friends and family nearby to consume it. Don't make the cake without helper eaters because pound cake will have a new meaning and you'll have to lie down on the bed and pray that your jeans will zip up the following day. The cake is addictive and that good.

Ultimate Pound Cakes is presented in the same beautiful style as the Bake from Scratch magazines and cookbooks - stunning photographs, well written recipes that will surprise and delight any baker.  The cake recipes are organized by Tube Cakes, Bundt Cakes, and Loaves & Mini Cakes. Peach season will be all the more special with the Fresh peach pound cake and any dessert table will shine with the Vanilla Bundt cake with caramel sauce. The individual cakes are perfect for gift giving - who wouldn't smile when presented with a Honey-orange loaf pound cake? The recipe we are sharing today for Jo's whipping cream pound cake requires six simple ingredients and a few garnishes, whip it up and you will win dessert. 

Julia Child said, "A party without cake is just a meeting" and I always say "A wake without cake is is even more depressing" so let's bake cake. Special thanks to Hoffman Media for sharing the following recipe with our members as well as providing two copies of this book in our giveaway below.  Stay tuned for our promotion for Bake From Scratch Volume Two.   

Jo's whipping cream pound cakes
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Makes 12

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Garnish: confectioners' sugar, sliced fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 325°. Spray 12 (1½-cup) ramekins with baking spray with flour.

In a large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour to butter mixture alternately with cream, beginning and ending with flour, beating just until combined after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Divide batter among prepared ramekins.

Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Garnish with confectioners' sugar and strawberries, if desired.

The publisher is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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77 Comments

  • smartie101  on  4/7/2018 at 2:31 PM

    Red Velvet Pound Cake

  • MadMom  on  4/7/2018 at 2:34 PM

    I love Jo's Whipping Cream Pound cakes. I have to make some soon!

  • Danie  on  4/7/2018 at 2:46 PM

    I would love to try Buttery Champagne pound cake recipe!

  • jmay42066  on  4/7/2018 at 3:09 PM

    Carrot pound cake

  • jhallman  on  4/7/2018 at 3:33 PM

    Chocolate Pound Cake!

  • misabella  on  4/7/2018 at 3:48 PM

    Original pound cake, of course!

  • Amdona  on  4/7/2018 at 3:55 PM

    Ultimate cream cheese vanilla for sure!

  • Nancith  on  4/7/2018 at 5:47 PM

    Chocolate Amaretto pound cake sounds delightful.

  • jr0717  on  4/7/2018 at 6:43 PM

    The ultimate cream cheese pound cake would be a must!

  • marymc  on  4/7/2018 at 6:46 PM

    Chocolate amaretto <3

  • kmn4  on  4/7/2018 at 7:30 PM

    Rum raisin pound cake

  • lauriesk  on  4/7/2018 at 7:39 PM

    I would try the Pumpkin-chocolate swirl bundt cake.

  • chawkins  on  4/7/2018 at 7:46 PM

    Cream cheese pound cake.

  • hae1123  on  4/7/2018 at 8:27 PM

    White Chocolate, Brown Sugar, or Vanilla Bean! Hard choice!

  • finnsmom64  on  4/7/2018 at 8:49 PM

    Cranberry swirl poundcake

  • eileen2015  on  4/7/2018 at 9:16 PM

    Carrot pound cake

  • Scotsman61  on  4/7/2018 at 9:27 PM

    Buttery Champagne pound cake

  • JBruser  on  4/7/2018 at 9:38 PM

    Tres leches pound cake looks incredible!

  • ksmith47406  on  4/7/2018 at 9:50 PM

    The cinnamon roll pound cake sounds good.

  • Anno  on  4/7/2018 at 10:34 PM

    The ultimate cream cheese poundcake satisfies 2 kind of cake lovers at once! Got to try it!

  • RoseMGenuine  on  4/7/2018 at 11:32 PM

    Rum raisin pound cake

  • leilx  on  4/8/2018 at 1:03 AM

    Browned butter and spiced pear sounds fabulous!

  • RSW  on  4/8/2018 at 9:46 AM

    Rum raisin pound cake

  • clairew137  on  4/8/2018 at 10:05 AM

    Chocolate Pound Cake

  • sequoia55  on  4/8/2018 at 12:42 PM

    Cranberry swirl poundcake

  • contest718  on  4/8/2018 at 1:52 PM

    Ultimate cream cheese-vanilla bean pound cake. I could eat pound cake all day long. My favorites is a sour cream or marble pound cakes. Eh probably not a good idea to eat cake all day long since I am a type 2 diabetic lol.

  • rchesser  on  4/8/2018 at 2:57 PM

    Candied sweet potato bundt cake .

  • sgump  on  4/8/2018 at 3:14 PM

    I'd try something "plain" (for starters), like the sour cream pound cake.

  • sipa  on  4/8/2018 at 4:07 PM

    Citrus pound cake

  • hillsboroks  on  4/8/2018 at 4:15 PM

    I would love to make the lime buttermilk bundt cake.

  • mcrimmins  on  4/8/2018 at 4:22 PM

    Carrot Pound Cake

  • mpdeb98  on  4/8/2018 at 4:51 PM

    Cinnamon and chocolate swirl pound cake

  • Lepa  on  4/8/2018 at 5:41 PM

    I have recently rediscovered pound cakes and was excited to get this book. So far the Italian Cream cake has been our favorite (pound cake with coconut and pecans!)

  • ebs  on  4/8/2018 at 8:54 PM

    Tres leches pound cake

  • Alleycat  on  4/8/2018 at 11:57 PM

    Strawberry swirl -- perfect for spring.

  • sarahawker  on  4/9/2018 at 10:35 AM

    Caramel apple pound cake

  • LaurenE  on  4/9/2018 at 11:12 AM

    Cranberry swirl poundcake

  • dmass  on  4/9/2018 at 11:24 AM

    It's a toss up, but the Buttermilk pound cake sounds tasty.

  • ltsuk  on  4/10/2018 at 2:28 AM

    peanut butter and honey pound cake

  • ket06e  on  4/10/2018 at 7:43 AM

    Carrot pound cake sounds delicious!

  • ktwalla  on  4/10/2018 at 12:15 PM

    Chocolate Amaretto Pound Cake

  • heyjude  on  4/10/2018 at 6:33 PM

    Delta Pound Cake

  • ravensfan  on  4/11/2018 at 12:35 PM

    Original pound cake

  • verorenee  on  4/11/2018 at 4:23 PM

    sticky buns

  • Teruska  on  4/13/2018 at 8:59 AM

    Black Forest Pound Cake ~ Cherries and Chocolate!

  • lgroom  on  4/14/2018 at 1:08 PM

    Citrus pound cake.

  • jluvs2bake  on  4/15/2018 at 6:12 PM

    Sweet tea poke pound cake with lemon glaze

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  4/15/2018 at 6:15 PM

    The sweet tea poke pound cake with lemon glaze sounds interesting.

  • RNJessicaK  on  4/17/2018 at 1:47 AM

    Brown Sugar Pound Cake AND Brown Sugar Glaze!

  • matag  on  4/17/2018 at 8:37 AM

    coconut pound cake

  • AnnaZed  on  4/19/2018 at 10:57 PM

    Buttery Champagne pound cake

  • MiMi60  on  4/20/2018 at 8:22 PM

    Delta pound cake

  • t.t  on  4/20/2018 at 8:52 PM

    Tres leches pound cake

  • EmilyR  on  4/23/2018 at 12:32 PM

    Lemonade pound cake

  • Siegal  on  4/24/2018 at 11:58 AM

    Tres leches pound cake sounds great

  • msblazes  on  4/25/2018 at 11:27 PM

    Tres leches pound cake

  • Katiefayhutson  on  4/27/2018 at 9:41 PM

    Tres leches

  • juazella  on  4/27/2018 at 11:20 PM

    Black Forest pound cake

  • Dannausc  on  4/28/2018 at 5:55 AM

    Carrot pound cake

  • Laura1  on  4/28/2018 at 6:13 PM

    lemonade pound cake

  • marsmomma  on  5/1/2018 at 8:58 PM

    fresh peach pound cake

  • JuneHawk  on  5/1/2018 at 9:02 PM

    Lime buttermilk bundt cake!

  • sdg8trgrl  on  5/1/2018 at 9:12 PM

    White chocolate pound cake

  • stepspior  on  5/1/2018 at 10:03 PM

    Ultimate cream cheese-vanilla bean pound cake

  • Julia  on  5/4/2018 at 5:20 PM

    Chocolate amaretto pound cake

  • ktowle  on  5/4/2018 at 5:58 PM

    The citrus pound. I want to see if it's better than mine.

  • JJWong  on  5/4/2018 at 11:58 PM

    Tres Leches pound cake sounds delicious and moist!

  • Luly  on  5/5/2018 at 1:19 PM

    Rum raisin

  • Bolerorkm  on  5/5/2018 at 9:12 PM

    Everything sound so good - but the honey or coconut sound amazing!!

  • linmin  on  5/6/2018 at 7:10 PM

    Buttery Champagne Pound Cake

  • Shelley.b  on  5/6/2018 at 8:42 PM

    Citrus pound cake

  • KarenDel  on  5/8/2018 at 1:48 PM

    Browned butter and spiced pear cake

  • auntietina  on  5/9/2018 at 1:25 AM

    Caramel apple pound cake

  • Wojtanowski  on  5/10/2018 at 8:52 AM

    rum raisin pound cake

  • amferrer  on  5/10/2018 at 12:17 PM

    honey almond pound cake

  • catmommy9  on  5/13/2018 at 5:20 PM

    Ultimate cream cheese-vanilla bean pound cake

  • orchidlady01  on  5/15/2018 at 12:25 AM

    Almond-sour cream bundt cake

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