Old Fashioned Pound Cake

June 1, 2012


My husband and I spent a restful Memorial Day weekend in the hills of Saluda, NC. It was so relaxing I couldn’t bring myself to do anything productive (such as blogging). Please forgive me for the sudden lapse. I offer this amazing pound cake recipe in hopes that you’ll overlook my absence.

Admittedly, this is a bit of a cheater post. I didn’t help prepare so much as a morsel of this cake, but boy did I take part in eating it! It is really a fantastic recipe. The mace makes it.

My mother-in law is the undisputed queen of pound cake. Hers are the best. So good in fact that we served an assortment of her homemade pound cakes at our rehearsal dinner. People have been raving about them ever since. She recently found this recipe in her Bonnie Fare cook book and it’s as good as any I’ve tasted. Oh, and she proudly used her new Williams-Sonoma Bundt pan to sculpt those gorgeous curves. So pretty!


Martha Turnow’s Recipe found in Bonnie Fare Cookbook, 1980

1 pound butter
3 cups sugar
4 cups cake flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
pinch of mace
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 eggs
½ cup milk

Directions: Let butter and eggs sit at room temperature one hour.

Preheat oven at 300 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar, beat eggs, add to mixture and beat well. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and mace together three times; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Add vanilla.

Bake in a greased and floured 10” tube pan on middle rack of oven for 2 hours. Do not open oven door while baking.


Cool, slice and serve. Make it a big slice.

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Chiffonade June 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Hi – This is a truly gorgeous cake and I’m a pound cake fiend. It was one of the first cakes I learned to make from scratch. I’m intrigued by the Bonnie Fair Cookbook. I googled around but could not find it. Is there an ISDN number or other identifying mark? I’d certainly appreciate any info you could share. Feel free to e-mail me directly and put Bonnie Fair in the subject so I will know it’s you. Thanks!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Thanks for your comment! The Bonnie Fare cook book was printed by the Junior Service League of Laurinburg, NC. You can find old copies on eBay.

JerzeeTomato June 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The Bonnie Fair cookbook you mention, I cannot find anyplace.
Please share what kind of cookbook it is etc. I am very curious.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Sorry, that was a typo. It should have been “Bonnie Fare.” It is a cook book compiled by the Junier Service League of Laurinburg, NC. You can find old copies on eBay.Thanks for your comment!

Meredith June 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

it was SO good! i want some now! wah!

Margaret June 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Zero vulgarity meant, ok-a little vulgarity meant, when I say: LOOK AT THOSE CURVES. I say this because it is almost impossible for me to get a cake out of one of those pans with all it’s greatness intact. The photos are literally stunning. I want to jump through my computer!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Haha! Thanks, Margaret! :)

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