Classic Pound Cake + {Mother’s Day Giveaway}

Congratulations, Tatertot374! You are the winner of How To: Simplify’s Calphalon Bakeware Giveaway! I e-mailed you with instructions on how to claim your prize!

Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway! I had so much fun learning about your favorite desserts that you like to bake. I hope you enjoy following How To: Simplify and all of the tips, tricks and recipes that are shared to help simplify life in the kitchen!

Happy Mother’s Day!

The other day I was at the store when I came across a tube pan that I knew I had to buy. Having never owned a tube pan in the past, I’ve never had the opportunity to bake with one so I was excited to give it a try.

I started researching different cakes and desserts that I could prepare with it and that’s when I stumbled upon a recipe for a classic pound cake in the most recent issue of Southern Living Magazine. I fell in love with the recipe almost immediately because it was right in line with being simple and easy to prepare. It required only six ingredients and six steps to create this buttery, from-scratch dessert. Plus, I already had all of the ingredients on hand!

Originally, the name “pound” was given to these cakes because they required one pound of butter, one pound of eggs, one pound of sugar and one pound of flour. Today, the proportions can be slightly different in some recipes but the result resembles the original: a rich, moist and buttery cake with a lovely golden crust.

Classic Pound Cake


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place flour, sugar, butter, milk, eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat at a low speed for one minute, stop to scrape down the sides and beat again for an additional two minutes.
  3. Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan and smooth.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a long pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely (1 hour).

* Recipe adapted from Southern Living Magazine 

{Mother’s Day Giveaway}

To celebrate my new love for tube pans, I’m hosting a Mother’s Day Giveaway! Celebrating Mom and hosting a giveaway? I fall more and more in love with this giveaway every minute, especially since I know that it will result in delicious, mouth-watering treats that family and friends will enjoy. Here’s what you’ll win:

  • Calphalon Nonstick Tube Cake Pan (10-inch)
  • Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware Set (6 pieces); Set includes:
    • Two 8-inch round cake pans
    • One 10×15-inch cookie sheet
    • One 9×13-inch cake pan
    • One 12-cup muffin pan
    • One medium loaf pan

All you have to do is let me know what tasty treat you love to bake. It’s that simple!


  1. Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST May 8, 2010 telling me what you love to bake for a chance to win this Calphalon tube pan and Calphalon bakeware set! Please be sure to leave your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you’re the winner!

Bonus Entries:

  1. Follow How To: Simplify on Twitter and tweet the following: “Visit and share what you love to bake for a chance to win Calphalon bakeware from @HowToSimplify!” Be sure to leave a link to your Twitter post in a comment.
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  4. Subscribe to How To: Simplify via email or RSS feed. New subscribers only.

To recap: In addition to leaving a comment on this post, you also have four bonus entries, giving you a total of five possible entries. Please remember to leave me a separate comment for each additional action you take (shared on Twitter, shared on Facebook, shared on blog, subscribed via email or RSS feed).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST May 8, 2010. One winner will randomly be selected on May 9, 2010 (Mother’s Day). This giveaway was sponsored by How To: Simplify and is in no way affiliated with Calphalon.

If you are reading this entry via email updates or RSS reader, please visit How To: Simplify to enter. Unfortunately, emailing How To: Simplify is not a valid entry for this giveaway.

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  1. What a great giveaway! I'd love to win these pans! I love to bake zucchini bread or muffins because they're simple and always turns out great!

  2. I love to bake Blueberry Muffins. My whole family loves them and they are so easy to make.

  3. I love to make Cinnamon Egg Bread, it is really yummy. It is a little time consuming, so when I make it, it is a special treat. I would love to win this, I love pound cake. Thanks!

  4. yum. i love pound cake! i haven't had any in ages though. i need to correct that. i have a hard time picking a favorite. maybe muffins (that involve chocolate of courss)!

  5. I love to bake coffee cake and breakfast breads. Mmmm… Thanks for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  6. Baking is almost a religion with me. It smells wonderful in the house and cheers me up immediately (except for the clean-up) I love to make Death By Chocolate cakes. I get hungry just thinking about them.

  7. I would love to have these new baking supplies. I live by myself and don't do as much as I did before I retired but look for simplier things like the mixes and save the big baking days for holidays. I use my old tube pan and it is ….old. Thanks for the chance to win new ones.

  8. Lemon pound cake: Omit Vanilla flavoring, add 1/2 cup lemon juice and the grated zest of one lemon. I make mine extra festive by adding a glaze of melted lemon curd.

  9. I love to make my Mom's recipe for Whoopie Pies. The real ones with Fluff and shortening filling, fattening and totally sinful, but sooooo good.

  10. I love making angel food cake. I love baking, this would be great to have in the kitchen. Thanks!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

  11. I love to bake banana bread, cakes, cupcakes, pie. I bake often for my family, it is fun to do with the kids.

    katenmike420 at cox dot net

  12. I've subscribed to your RSS feed ….now I think I need to go whip up one of those pound cakes! That is one wonderful recipe. Thanks!

    …and thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Speaking of poundcake, I had an amazing Parmesan pound cake the other night at a wine bar! Sounds weird, I know, but it was incredible! Would love to find out how to make it.
    kaytewatts AT aol DOT com

  14. Today I baked a chocolate cake to bring to a potluck dinner tonight. It got rave reviews! I'm looking forward to bringing it again.

  15. I love to bake bread because it smells so wonderful and lasts for at least a few days. I bake a mean chocolate cake, too, but it goes in a hurry!

  16. My wife has a bit of a sweet tooth… ok, ok, you caught me. Its me with the sweet tooth :) We both cook though, so its fair. Brownies, cupcakes, cakes, pies, cookies (lots of cookies!), and a few other things. I'd love to gift this new prize pack of bakeware to her because it'll get tons of use and we'll both use it! Thanks (but shhhhhh, don't tell her)!

  17. My favorite thing to bake is usually Ginger cookies with my son. It was a recipe that I used to make with my great grandma and just the smell of them makes me smile.

  18. I love to bake Mexican wedding cookies especially but I love baking in general- cake, cookies pies, cookie bars.


  19. What a generous giveaway, thank you so much- I love to bake cupcakes and cookies especially. And bread now that I have a heavy duty mixer.

  20. I am a cookie gal. I have a sugar cookie recipe that is my favorite!


  21. I like to make my grandmas homemade oatmeal cake with made from scratch frosting. Though we like to try and stay away from the treats I like to justify the oatmeal for the yummy unhealthy frosting!
    my email is

  22. I love baking pies. In fact, in times of stress in my life I always turn to pie for comfort. There is something about rolling out the pie dough, lovingly gathering the ingredients and then putting it all together that helps put everything right in the world. Not to mention how great it tastes when it comes out of the oven. My pecan pie has been known to cure depression at times.

  23. I love to bake Dark Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts, then frost them with my special chocolate frosting, topping each brownie with 1/2 a walnut piece.

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