Original Pound Cake from 1700's England

115 mins (prep 40, cooking 75)
7 ingredients
20-24 servings
My mother made this recipe or some variation of it for over 60yrs. once a week. When I was in college my weekly "care package" always included this cake. In her letter she always included the same note:"be sure to share, I don't want you wearing these pounds home." I made a lot of friends from this treasure. Don't forget to have a "toasted pound" for breakfast. ummm! 1#butter, 1#flour, 1#sugar, reason for name. If recipe has mace in it, count on it coming from Low Country in S.C.

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  • 1 lb sugar (2 cups)
  • 1 lb butter, room temp.
  • 1 lb flour, sifted with salt ((4 cups before sifting)
  • 1 dozen egg (12-10 depends how hen is laying today!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon rind, grated


Serving Size (68.18 g)
Servings 20
Amount per Serving
Calories 327.5 Calories from Fat 170.64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18.96g 583.47%
Saturated Fat 11.75g 1174.78%
Trans Fat 0.74g %
Cholesterol 48.76mg 325.08%
Sodium 175.58mg 146.32%
Total Carbohydrate 39.01g 260.08%
Dietary Fiber 2.43 g 194.14%
Sugars 22.74 g %
Protein 3.19g 127.55%
Vitamin A 568.81IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 13.4mg% Iron 0.83mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
fresh lemon juice, fresh lemon