My Mother’s Pound Cake

Mamma's Pound Cake

My child memories of my mom's cakes are rather limited.  I remember my mom making her chocolate cake, her vanilla cake, her heart cake (always on my birthday), all had the nice butter cream frostings and all were delicious.  The spring and summer months almost always called for a pound cake in my house.  Never knowing that a pound cake was named this because of the three star ingredients (flour, butter and sugar) were all in pound amounts!  This recipe is indeed close to these amounts, but since the addition of baking powder or baking soda to this cake recipe, the pound factor is no longer true to it's name.  I will admit  when I made this cake for the website, I did not use the proper baking pan.  Instead of using a bunt cake pan, (with the fluted center), I opted for a loaf pan, which was a mistake.  Use the proper pan, and you'll achieve wonderful, light results.  My inspiration for this cake were my organic strawberries that I had just bought.  Still young in the growing season, these little strawberries are full of sweetness and flavor, and for some reason, I had them destined for sitting a top of my pound cake.  Lovely recipe, lovely toppings, and a cake for any occasion.  Bake on! 


Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 slices


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBS grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup butter soft
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 4 eggs


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 F. 

    cut butter in small cubes and let stand at room temperature until soft

  2. mix together, butter and eggs

  3. add sugar

  4. add yogurt

  5. then combine dry with wet and mix until well combined.  don't over mix. 

    Pour batter into a bunt-style pan, well buttered and floured and bake until tester comes out clean, or 1 hour

  6. Let cool, and remove from form.  Slice a piece, and top with fresh fruit and a dollop of fresh cream, or whatever else you might desire.

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