A Brief History of Pound Cake

Dassant Vanilla Pound Cake

History of Pound Cake

When it comes to cakes, pound cake is about as simple as they come. Easy-to-make, delicious and moist, pound cake deserves be celebrated. That is why March 4th has been designated National Pound Cake Day.

This favorite treat has been around for many years. Created in Northern Europe in the 18th century, it got its name from its simple recipe: 1 pound each of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. This new type of cake spread in popularity not just because of its delicious taste, but because the recipe could be easily remembered among a large population that could not read.

As you can imagine a cake made of 1 pound of each of those ingredients would be very large, often serving multiple families. As time went on the portions of the ingredients used were adjusted to make a smaller, lighter cake.  However, the name of the cake stuck.

Today pound cake is still a popular dessert. One benefit of this simple cake is that it can be served plain or with a variety of toppings.  Dassant pound cake mix is flavored with vanilla to add a bit of sweetness that makes it stand-alone tasty, or delicious as the base of another recipe. Here is a list of all of Dassant’s unique pound cake mix recipes.

No matter how you slice it, pound cake is simple-to-make, spongy and delicious.  I often eat a plain slice for breakfast with my coffee. What is your favorite way to enjoy this traditional treat? How will you be celebrating National Pound Cake Day?

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