Monday, May 4, 2009

Grandma Mac's Perfect Southern Pound Cake

A perfect pound cake like Grandma' used to make, moist, tender, light, fluffy, creamy and buttery, all at the same time. Shown here with my skillet peaches.
In my mind a perfect pound cake like Grandma's, is moist, tender, light, fluffy, creamy, and buttery, all at the same time. Shown here with my skillet peaches.

Grandma Mac's Perfect Southern Pound Cake


Was it wrong to have pound cake for breakfast? If there were peaches involved?? Or strawberries with real whipped cream. If it is, I don't care.


My grandma was known for her pound cakes. If there was an occasion, she made a pound cake for it. If we were coming for dinner to her house, she made a pound cake. If she came to your house for dinner, she brought a pound cake. And they always came on a pretty plate that she did not ever expect you to return. In fact, if you did happen to return it, she might be likely to bake you another cake!

Grandma lived to be almost 98, and actually lived on her own up until those last couple of years. By the time Grandma died, my Daddy {her son} and my Mama {her surrogate daughter} had also both passed and in those last months of her life she had been taken to live in north Alabama with an aunt on my father's side.

She gave her old house to one of my cousins who helped her around the house a lot, and I have no idea what happened with all her things, but I sure would have loved to have had Grandma's old bundt cake pan.

I think Miss Edie, a longtime family friend, may have gotten it, but if so, she was a deserving recipient. Her family once lived right by Grandma, and even after they moved into another home not too far away, she made regular stops to visit and check on Grandma, up until she moved away. I'm still hoping that maybe one day that pan will show up at my house.

Like most everybody else, Grandma's original pound cake evolved a bit over time. I can tell you that three different family members have given me three different recipes that they all say were Grandma Mac's recipes and that they each got directly from her. Seems Grandma, like most other cooks, went about changing up the recipe over the years.

I relied on the recipe that one of her sons, my Uncle Jim, who has taken on the roll of the bearer of pound cakes at every family event, has passed on to me.


In my mind a perfect pound cake like Grandma's is moist, tender, light, fluffy, creamy, and buttery, all at the same time. You just cannot get that out of a box. This recipe meets all of that criteria.


I've included my skillet peach recipe, shown above, but if you want to add some strawberries instead, it's very easy. Just slice and mix 'em up with a goodly bit of sugar in a glass bowl, cover and then set them aside in the fridge to macerate, giving them a good stir every once in awhile. By the time you bake and cool your pound cake, they'll be good and ready. A nice custard sauce is excellent too.

Y'all a southern pound cake is just so dang good - I sure hope ya try this version someday!!


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