Pound Cake

Boston Beanery Restaurant Recipe

Makes 2  small loaves or 1 large

2 cups unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
9 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted cake flour
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream the butter, then add the sugar, and beat until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, Beating well after each addition.  Stir in the vanilla.  Sift the measured flour with the salt and cream of tartar.  Add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients in several parts, mixing only enough to blend.  Do not over beat.

Prepare either two 7 inch loaf pans by greasing them lightly and lining them with parchment paper, leaving enough paper hanging over the top edge to help remove the loaves after baking, or grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan with a removable bottom., shaking off the excess flour.  Pour batter into the pans and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour.  Test by inserting a cake tester or straw in the middle to see if it comes out clean.  Let rest in the pans for 5 minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool.


  • Lemon Pound Cake:  Use 1 teaspoon lemon extract instead of the vanilla and add the grated rind of 1 lemon.
  • Almond Pound Cake:  Use 1 teaspoon almond extract instead of the vanilla and add 3/4 cup chopped almonds.