Country Pound Cake

This a really good down-home style, back to basics pound cake that my whole family enjoys! This recipe was handed down to me with the stipulation of placing the cake in a cold oven, and it turns out perfectly every time.

Country Pound Cake


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


1 Do not preheat the oven. Grease 10 inch tube pan and line bottom with wax paper or parchment paper.

2 Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3 In a large bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar on low speed for 10 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk, mixing well. Add the vanilla and lemon extracts.

4 Pour batter into the prepared pan. Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 1 hour. Remove to a cake rack and cool for at least 3 hours.

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