Both of these cake recipes came from my Mom. She has baked this pound cake recipe for nearly 50 years...its a classic and it just can't be beat. It has wonderful flavor and texture and we all love it. My kids and I will fight over licking the beaters and the bowl (yes, raw eggs and all). Allen requested a bowl of pound cake batter for his birthday one year but he got it cooked instead.
2 cups sugar
3 sticks butter
3 cups plain flour (I use unbleached)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Soften butter, add sugar and cream until fluffy. Add eggs and mix well. Then start adding flour 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Now stir in the vanilla. Cook in a tube pan in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour (top will be golden brown and will split).
Note-only grease the bottom of the tube pan. The cake will not be able to climb the sides of the pan if they are greased. Also, DO NOT substitute self-rising flour for the plain flour, from experience, I know this won't work.
This next cake came from a recipe booklet that came with a General Electric hand mixer my grandmother gave Mom for Christmas. Mom was thrilled with the mixer cause now she could mix up the pound cake and not have to stir it by hand (what a chore). This recipe is our "Birthday Cake" recipe. The page in the booklet is stained and spattered with cake batter, vanilla, etc and the booklet automatically drops open to this page.
2 Egg Quick Cake
2 cups plain flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
7/8 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder & salt into a mixing bowl. Add shortening, vanilla & all but 1/3 cup of milk. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs & remaining milk. Beat at med. speed another couple of minutes. Pour batter into 2 greased 8 inch round pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
Cool completely before frosting.
Makes 2 8 inch round cake layers or 24 cupcakes or a sheet cake pan. Freezes great! 1 recipe will also fill a "Wilton" character pan.
If milk allergies are a concern in your family, you can substitute water or apple juice for the milk. It still tastes really good.