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My Mom's Four Best Pound Cake Recipes

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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.

My mom loves to feed her sweet tooth. As far back as I can remember, Mom always baked cakes. These are her pound cakes. The first three are big cakes. Do not use a Bundt pan or standard tube pan. Use a large tube pan, which typically has three prongs spaced evenly around the edge of the pan, and a center cylinder that extends above the sides of the pan. A standard tube pan is fine for the lemon cake.

These are Mom’s four best pound cakes:

  • 7-Up
  • Chocolate
  • 5 Flavor
  • Lemon JELL-O

7-Up Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 stick butter*
  • ½ c shortening*
  • 3 c sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 c plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon
  • 1 c 7-Up (takes the place of baking powder and soda)

*Mom uses 1 ½ sticks of butter flavored Crisco instead of the 2 sticks of butter and ½ c Crisco.

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and shortening with electric mixer.
  2. Add sugar into mixture, and cream together.
  3. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after each egg.
  4. Sift and gradually mix in flour.
  5. Add vanilla and lemon flavorings.
  6. Slowly pour in 7 Up and mix on low.
  7. Grease and flour a large tube pan, or use Baker’s Secret spray.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  9. Optional: Ice cooled cake with cream cheese (Mom’s preference) or other favorite frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting for 7-Up Cake

Ingredients

  • ½ c or 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 pkg, 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese together with electric mixer.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Frost cooled cake.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb butter*
  • ½ cup Crisco*
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups plain all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 ¼ tsp vanilla

*Mom uses 1 ½ sticks of butter flavored Crisco instead of the 2 sticks of butter and ½ c Crisco.

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and shortening with electric mixer.
  2. Add sugar into mixture, and cream.
  3. Add the eggs 1 to 2 at a time, beating after each egg.
  4. Sift salt, baking powder and cocoa together with flour.
  5. Gradually add dry mixture, milk, and vanilla to butter, shortening and sugar mixture.
  6. Grease and flour a large tube pan, or use Baker’s Secret spray.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Frosting Options

  1. Ice with bought milk chocolate frosting. (This is what Mom does.)
  2. Add 3 to 4 T of cocoa to the cream cheese frosting above.
  3. Ice with chocolate fudge frosting (recipe immediately below).

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Ingredients

  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ c butter
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  • ½ c milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine butter and chocolate over low heat until melted.
  2. Remove from heat and add sugar, milk, and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  3. Set in a bowl of ice and water. Beat until smooth enough to spread.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter*
  • ½ c Crisco*
  • 3 c sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 c plain flour
  • 1 /2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 milk
  • 1 tsp each of these 5 flavorings: coconut, rum, butter, lemon and vanilla

*Mom uses 1 ½ sticks of butter flavored Crisco instead of the 2 sticks of butter and ½ c Crisco.

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and shortening with electric mixer.
  2. Add sugar into mixture, and cream with mixer.
  3. Add the eggs 1 to 2 at a time, beating after each egg.
  4. Sift baking powder with flour.
  5. Gradually add dry mixture, milk and flavorings to butter, shortening, and sugar mixture.
  6. Grease and flour a large tube pan, or use Baker’s Secret spray.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Glaze for 5-Flavor Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 c sugar
  • ½ c water
  • 1 tsp each of these 5 flavorings: coconut, rum, butter, lemon, and vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in saucepan and bring to low boil.
  2. Spoon warm glaze over pound cake. This will soak in and make the cake very moist.

Lemon JELL-O

Moist and delicious Lemon JELL-O cake

Moist and delicious Lemon JELL-O cake

This is a fast and easy cake to make. It was a family favorite when I was growing up, and often appeared on my Friday afternoon chore list when I was a teen.

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 package lemon jello
  • 2/3 c water
  • 2/3 c Wesson oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients

  1. Pour cake mix and JELL-O into mixing bowl.
  2. Add water and oil, and stir and mix on low speed of electric mixer.
  3. Continue mixing on low, adding in one egg at a time.
  4. Add lemon and vanilla extracts.
  5. Grease tube pan, and dust with flour. Alternatively, use Baker’s Joy.
  6. Pour cake batter into tube pan, and bake at 325 degrees for one hour.
  7. Prepare glaze while cake is baking.
  8. When cake is done, empty onto a plate. Apply glaze as below.

Glaze for Lemon JELL-O Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 c confectioner’s sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest together.
  2. While cake is warm, spoon glaze on cake. Glaze will be runny. Keep spooning glaze onto cake and let it soak into cake.

© 2009 rmcrayne

Thanks for reading

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on August 19, 2018:

Pound cake is one of my favorites to eat and to bake. I love the variations you've presented here with the different flavorings and ingredients.

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on September 15, 2016:

Looks like your mom is a wonderful cook. I make pound cakes a lot, thanks for three new recipes https://hubpages.com/@rmcrayne

B from Oklahoma on July 07, 2013:

These pound cakes sound delicious. I will be trying the five flavor pound cake very soon. Thanks for sharing you mom's recipes.

Cholee Clay from Wisconsin on March 14, 2012:

Great hub! I've bookmarked this one. Definitely going to have to try the chocolate one sometime soon:)

K Nicole Smith from Huntsville, AL on November 17, 2011:

Thanks for sharing these recipes. I am excited. Planning on trying my hand at my first one this evening.

stylezink from Atlanta, GA. on November 01, 2011:

These sound great. And I think I'm going to try my first pound cake this weekend. I just don't know which one I want to try. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe.

MelisaS on October 03, 2011:

Wow! Your pound cakes look wonderful!

htodd from United States on May 15, 2011:

Great hub!Thanks

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on February 05, 2011:

Thanks Jennifer for visiting. The chocolate is definitely my Mom's favorite. I'm partial to the 5 Flavor.

Jennifer Burss from Michigan on January 31, 2011:

We love pound cake in our house! I may make the chocolate one for my husband for Valentine's Day. Thank you for sharing.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on December 16, 2010:

Denise the chocolate is my mom's favorite. Mine is the 5 flavor cake. Thanks for the link. I linked your hub above.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on December 10, 2010:

Ohhh, the chocolate pound cake looks especially tempting Rose, I linked my latest hub: Russian Tea Cakes to this one. Just wanted to inform you. These recipes look delicious and I bookmarked it. Happy Holidays.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on February 01, 2010:

Thanks for the visit Rope. I like the crust that sticks to the plate, all saturated from the glaze. Nice big scoop on the index finger, like it was super thick batter.

The Rope from SE US on February 01, 2010:

Yummmm! I do love pound cake. The crust is the best to pick off - and get your hand slapped by the baker 'cause everyone's doing the same thing. LOL. My mom's used almond flavoring but this one sounds delicious. 7-Up cake is also one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on December 15, 2009:

NG be sure to check out the 2 layer cake hubs too. Also, more cakes, pies and assorted sweets on my T'Giving and Christmas recipe hubs.

Nitrogen Girl from Southeastern United States on December 14, 2009:

Mwahaha, now I have some of Aunt Eva Mae's rare meatless recipes! Everyone knows she makes the best desserts.

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on November 20, 2009:

judydianne let me know if you try them. My fav is the 5 flavor. I think Mom likes the Chocolate best.

judydianne from Palm Harbor, FL on November 19, 2009:

I have been looking for a pound cake recipe that is tried and true. I think these are it!!!

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on October 24, 2009:

It's very good cosette, I promise!

cosette on October 23, 2009:

that 7-Up cake looks fabulous! can't wait to try it!

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on October 23, 2009:

Flightkeeper they are all delish. My favorite is the 5 Flavor Cake.

Flightkeeper from The East Coast on October 21, 2009:

Those cakes look delish!

rmcrayne (author) from San Antonio Texas on October 21, 2009:

freta, I learned from Sandra Rinck, HubPages Backlinking for Dummies. Thanks!

Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on October 21, 2009:

I have the sour cream pound cake recipe too. The photo that you got from flickr. is how my cake looks if done right. Very good hub. Thanks for the link, I want to link yours to mine, when I learn how.