Mama told the story all my life. It went something like this.
When her first grandchild was born in Lubbock, TX., she went to “help out”. She stayed a few days to help my sister, and as she got ready to leave for the 4.5 to 5 hour trip home, she asked my sister and her husband if there was anything else she could do for them. One of them said, “You could bake us one of your pound cakes.” So….she did.
When my brother had his first child, mother went out to Whitharral, even farther away than Lubbock. She helped with some chores, and when she went to leave, she asked if there was anything else that she could do. My brother said he surely would like one of her delicious pound cakes. She baked one.
When I gave birth to my first child, Stephanie, Mama came out to Sonora to help me out and teach me the ropes. As she went to leave, she asked if there was anything else she could do to help out. I knew the story. I was obligated to ask, wasn’t I? Sooooo, I said it surely would be nice if she would bake us one of her pound cakes. She did.
Years later, I asked her to write down the recipe. She had always made the cake from memory. Mama wrote the recipe down. I continue to make this cake, and my family continues to love and enjoy the cake. Now, I make the cake and take it when there has been a death in a family. I often attach a note that says this cake will freeze well and can be used at a later date. This cake is good with chocolate, strawberries, berry sauce, ice cream, or plain. It is a “feel better” cake.
When my daughter, Stephanie, had her first baby, I went to help. I didn’t wait to be asked. I made the cake and took it with me and left it in their freezer.
Will Rogers said he’d never met a man he didn’t like. I’ve never met a man who didn’t like Mama’s Pound Cake. Here it is:
MAMA’S POUND CAKE
5 eggs at room temperature
2 sticks butter or margarine
1 cup Crisco
3 cups sugar
Blend the butter and sugar. Then, add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 cup milk
Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add alternately with the milk.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Grease and flour an angel food (tube) cake pan. Bake the cake for 60 to 90 minutes at 325 degrees or until it pulls away from the sides.