My mother worked in our hometown post office. Since our hometown contained only about 3,000 people, almost all of them knew my mother. One of her coworkers was Mattie Saylors, a substitute mail carrier. (I never did get the P.O. hierarchy; Mama worked full-time for years as a substitute clerk before she was promoted to clerk.) Anyway... Mattie Saylors gave my mother this recipe:
Mattie Saylors's Fool-Proof Pound Cake
3 cups sugar
2 sticks margarine (I guess you could use butter, but why tinker with perfection?)
1 heaping tbsp Crisco
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup whole milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour tube pan or Bundt pan.
Cream sugar and shortenings. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder and add to batter alternately with milk, ending with flour. Bake for about 50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes. Turn out onto cake platter.
This is a wonderfully tasty pound cake. I hope you try it and enjoy it.
Now, I may have to go bake a pound cake.....