A very traditional pound cake is made with a pound each of butter, flour, sugar and eggs – and not much else. This combination will make a dense, rich cake, but a very plain one. These four ingredients are a great starting point building a cake with a lot of flavor, though, as they are great building blocks for all kinds of different desserts. I’m sharing my recipe for a Classic Eggnog Pound Cake over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!), which is a wonderful cake for all you eggnog-fans out there this holiday season. The cake is “classic” because it starts as a very basic pound cake and, like the original recipe, it doesn’t use any leavening apart from eggs. It has a tight, dense crumb that is so soft and buttery that it will almost melt in your mouth as you eat it. The cake has plenty of flavor from real eggnog, as well as extra hints of vanilla and nutmeg.
Since your schedule might be packed during the holiday season, it is worth noting that this cake keeps very well and it can be prepared a day or two before you plan to serve it. The cake also freezes quite well, so you can tuck extra slices away for snacking later.