A highly-rated recipe for making pound cake from scratch is Food Network's Mama's Pound Cake from Paula Deen. This recipe takes about 15 minutes to prepare and serves around 15 to 20 people.
To make Food Network's Mama's Pound Cake, start by creaming together 1/2 pound butter and 1/2 cup vegetable shortening in a mixer. Gradually mix in 3 cups sugar, then beat in 5 eggs, one at a time. Mix together 3 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and 1 cup milk to the mixer, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, then pour the batter in a greased and floured tube pan.
Bake the cake for 60 to 90 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve the cake dusted with powdered sugar, along with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
For a quick berry pound cake topping, mix 2 cups blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or a combination of the three, with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Cover the berry mixture and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes. To make a cream cheese icing for the pound cake, mix together a stick of butter with 8 ounces cream cheese. Gradually add a box of powdered sugar, then stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla.