Over the years, pound cake has become an over-processed, shitty piece of store bought cake. I’m not sure why because it is pretty easy to make. Just be sure you let everything arrive at room temperature, whip enough air into the butter and sugar, and for fuck’s sake don’t over mix it.
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs at room temperature
3 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cups buttermilk at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9” loaf pan.
Cream the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the eggs, 1 at a time.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Pour the batter into the pan, smooth the top, and bake for an hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Let cool for 10 minutes. Turn it out of the pan and place on a baking rack to cool completely. Wrap well, and store in the refrigerator.
I got the recipe here.