Classic Pound Cake
Don't be fooled by its short ingredient list—pound cake is far from simple. More often than not, it bakes up heavy, squat, and dense.
Why This Recipe Works
We retooled the classic pound cake recipe to make it ultraplush every time. Our first big discovery was to start with chilly 60-degree butter, since room-temperature butter became too warm after all the creaming that was needed to combine the large quantities of butter and sugar in the cake. We found that the eggs also needed to be at 60 degrees so that they would not deflate the batter as they were added. Finally, we chose cake flour (all-purpose flour was too protein-rich and delivered dry, tough cakes), but the flour’s softness required that we not overwork the batter when adding it. Sifting the flour over the batter and folding it in by hand was the method that worked best.