An easy recipe for pound cake requires mixing butter, flour, sugar and eggs until smooth, adding a touch of salt and then blending in a favorite flavoring, such as almond or vanilla extract. Variations on this recipe include adding key lime extract or chocolate.
One simple version of the recipe from the Martha Stewart website uses 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, 4 large eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and sugar, and add the eggs one at a time. Beat the mixture thoroughly between eggs, and add vanilla and salt afterward. Slowly add flour to the batter, and mix until the batter is smooth. The Martha Stewart recipe suggests baking the batter in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until done.
Paula Deen offers a different version of the recipe on the Food Network website. For this recipe, add milk and shortening along with baking powder to alter the texture of the pound cake. A recipe from Betty Crocker suggests adding almond extract instead of vanilla and coating the top of the pound cake with powdered sugar if desired.