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Cooking Column: Vanilla Pound Cake

Let me kick this last article off by saying that it has been my honor and joy to write for clay this year. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my favorite recipes with you guys. That said, let me introduce you in this last article to some vanilla pound cake! This is one of my favorite recipes, and it’s one of the first desserts I baked. So, without further ado, grab your hats and spoons, and let’s get started!



– 200 grams butter

– 200 grams sugar

– 200 grams of flour

– 4 eggs

– 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract



First, grease a 5×11 inch rectangular pan with melted butter. Second, mix the butter and sugar. Then slowly add the flour, eggs, and vanilla extract to the mix. Make sure to mix the batter for a long time; the longer you mix it, the better the cake (just don’t mix for an hour). Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Check if the cake is done by sticking it with a fork or toothpick. If the toothpick/fork comes out clean the cake is done.


That’s it, folks! I hope you have enjoyed all the past year’s recipes as much as I have. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer!


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  1. Elizabeth Webel

    This seems like a base recipe–can you add other flavors or additions to it? Like, add it lemon for a lemon pound cake or cinnamon for a cinnamon pound cake?

    • Yes! You can! I haven’t tried it with lemon before, but if you leave out the vanilla extract and add the zest of one lemon it should work. You could also add apple, but unfortunately my recipe does not say how much or if you add spices, so if you want to try that out it would be an experiment. Let me know how it works out and if you have any other question! : )
      Also, my comment to Rachel says how hot your oven needs to be (300 degrees Fahrenheit); I forgot to put it in the recipe…

  2. Rachel Thuemmel

    Oooh, love this cake! What temperature does the oven need to be heated to?

  3. This looks amazing! I will tots try it!

  4. I am considering this for my b’day cake! On one hand chocolate with coffee icing, on the other hand this…..Hmm…..

    • For some extra festivity you can mix in sprinkles, if you like (I tried this once with cupcakes, so it should work here too)! : ) Happy birthday!!