All this month, the Baking Club is baking its way through our own Erin McDowell’s cookbook, The Fearless Baker, and her many pound cakes have proved to be very popular. It’s not all that surprising, given that pound cakes are buttery, moist, and pretty easy to justify as breakfast given that they’re often baked in loaf pans (it’s bread, not cake, right?) and served sans frosting (an icing drizzle is entirely different, obviously).
Club member Chris Hoelck made McDowell’s Vanilla Pound Cake (above left) and loved it, saying:
I have come to believe that pound cake appreciation is an adult thing. When I was a kid and my mom made a Bundt cake with a glaze or—even worse, no coating at all—I felt totally ripped off. How could any self-respecting cake have no frosting?! Now, while I still love frosted cakes, I also truly love a buttery, moist pound cake. This one is a keeper; it’s especially nice baked with a coating of turbinado sugar on top.
Ready for a slice? Us, too. Of course, if you don’t have a copy of her book yet, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on pound cakes with personality, so here are 11 to get you started: