Beat oil and sugar at medium speed with a mixer 2 minutes.
Combine buttermilk and next 5 ingredients, stirring until blended.
Combine flour, salt, and soda; add to oil mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.
Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack.
Note: Pretty and Pink Pound Cake Loaf: Prepare batter; divide into thirds. Spread one protion into a greased and floured 9- x 5- x 3-inch loafpan. Stir 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam and, if desired, 2 drops red liquid food coloring into second portion; spread gently over first layer. Spoon remaining batter over top. Bake at 325º for 1 hour and 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Yield: 1 (9-inch) loaf.