Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
Add flour to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch (12-cup) tube pan.
Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour). Serve with Buttermilk Custard Sauce as desired.
I loved this recipe! Although at the last minute I realized that I didn't have any vanilla extract so I used lemon extract instead and it gave it a great flavor! Also made the custard and again used the lemon extract and it was sooo good! Will definitely make again...
My high expectations were not met with this recipe. I gave it two stars because it didn't fall and it browned nicely. I reduced the sugar to 2 cups and it was still too sweet. I love a delicately flavored pound cake with a balance tilted toward the butter, not the sugar.
I made this pound cake as a simple base for strawberries and flavored balsamic syrups. I don't usually go crazy for pound cake, but we loved this recipe. It was light and moist and very flavorful. We especially loved the crusty top that forms. I won't make this recipe to eat alone, but I will definitely do the strawberry/balsamic syrup combo again. I did not make the custard sauce.
This cake was simple to prepare and came out moist and delicious - some liked the custard sauce (warmed up) but most enjoyed the cake by itself.
I think it would be wonderful for a special occassion and keeps well.
I wouldn't change a thing about the recipe.
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