Pound cake denotes five related types of dessert cakes:
A traditional American pound cake would contain one pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. This recipe is quite popular in Southern states and is usually a staple at picnics
. American pound cakes are lighter but often contain an abundance of butter to provide a rich taste and are considered a staple in the cuisine of the Southern United States
"Pound cake" is also the American English
name for a type of fruitcake
. Its name, "Pound cake", originated from the ingredients used in quantities of English pounds
. This results in a large, dense cake not often suited to modern American
tastes, though the style (if not the size) is still popular in Britain
A traditional British Pound Cake recipe would specify one pound each of flour, butter, eggs (8 eggs), sugar, and several kinds of dried fruit (currants, sultanas, and raisins, with perhaps a lesser quantity of glacé cherries). (These quantities are too great for most modern families, but the cake can be made with half quantities or less.) It is usual to weigh the eggs first and then use the same weights of the other ingredients; with a traditional pair of kitchen scales, the eggs are simply used instead of weights.
Pound cake (named "quatre-quarts", which means four-quarters
) is a traditional and popular cake of the French region of Brittany
and as its name implies use the same quantity of the 4 ingredients, but no added fruit of any kind. Some variants however are made by adding chocolate, or a bit of lemon juice for flavor.
the pound cake is called panqué
. The basic recipe of Mexican panqué is much like the traditional U.S. recipe. Most common variants are panqué con nueces
(pound cake with walnuts) and panqué con pasas
(pound cake with raisins).
is the Colombian
version of the Pound Cake: the term ponque
is itself a Spanish phonetical approximation of pound-cake
. The Ponque
is essentially a wine-drenched cake with cream or sugar coating, and it is very popular at birthdays, weddings and other social celebrations.