The BEST Homemade Pound Cake - I've been making this cake for over 20 years and it never fails me! Seriously DELICIOUS!!! The key to success is to have all your ingredients at room temperature. Butter, shortening, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, milk, vanilla, and lemon extract. Can freeze leftover for a sweet treat later! Make this ASAP!
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and shortening.
Add sugar, beating until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
Combine sifted flour, baking powder and salt.
Add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture, alternating with milk.
Stir in vanilla and lemon extract. Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan.
Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, until wooden pick inserted comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely.
The key to making this cake is to have all of your ingredients at room temperature. Eggs, butter, milk - everything. I usually set it all out in the morning and bake the cake around lunchtime. It never fails me!
One cup of flour weighs 4.25-ounces. To properly measure flour, give the flour a stir to loosen it up in the container. Use a spoon and lightly spoon the flour into your measuring cup. Use a flat straight edge (like the straight back of a knife) to level off the top of the flour in the measuring cup. Do NOT compact the flour in the measuring cup.
I use Bakers Joy or Pam Baking Spray to grease and flour the tube pan. Either works great. You can also use Crisco or butter and dust the pan with flour.
Check the cake around the 1-hour mark. If the cake is starting to get too brown, cover it with foil until it is done.
Can pound cake be made in advance? Yes! You can make the cake ahead of time and store it in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. The cake will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Can pound cake be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the baked cake. Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. The cake will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer.