Plain pound cake

Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Yields Serves 24
Plain pound cake

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 (9x5-inch) loaf pans and set aside.


Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.


Beat the egg yolks then beat into the butter and sugar with the nutmeg, wine and rosewater. Stir in the flour.


Beat the egg whites until moderately stiff, 3 to 5 minutes, and fold into the mixture. Divide the batter between the loaf pans and smooth the tops.


Bake the loaves until light brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 1 1/2 hours. Cool the loaves in the pan slightly, then turn out onto wire racks.

“This is the old-fashioned recipe that our mothers used to make,” says “The White House Cook Book” (1887), from which this is adapted.

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