The first dinner I ever enjoyed with my husband’s family ended with The Pound Cake. When I was offered a piece, I declined since pound cake was usually dry and tasteless. I am not one to pass up on cake lightly, but pound cake was something I could easily skip.
The family collectively encouraged me to give it a try because “this pound cake is different.” So I did – not wanting to disappoint my potential new family. And boy am I glad I did! They were right. This pound cake was nothing like pound cakes I had ever tried. It was moist and flavorful and I think I could have eaten the whole thing.
I must have passed some sort of test because they even gave me the recipe.
Fast forward a year or so, I became an official part of the family and that cake quickly became my go-to dessert. I made every birthday cake for my kids out of the recipe and it was always a hit. Then came the Paleo diet and this cake slipped out of our lives.
(See that crusty looking part on the bottom? That is THE BEST part. Don’t let anyone snitch that part off your plate. Believe me, they will try.)
A whopping 17 years after first meeting this amazing cake, my son requested it for his confirmation luncheon. Years ago, I tried to make the recipe paleo with dismal results, but I had never tried gluten free. Simply converting a recipe to gluten free is a piece of cake (ha ha) compared to making it paleo. Thankfully, the transition was easy and the resulting cake is still amazing.
Grandmother’s Pound Cake is now back in rotation around the Heinze household. It is still full of sugar and butter so is definitely meant for special occasions, but it is most certainly a worthy splurge item for when you want or need it.
And the cake is easy to put together as well. My tips for turning out the best cake:
- make my gluten free flour mix (I find all the different flours on Thrive Market)
- be sure to grease and flour your baking pan very well
That’s it. Just follow the instructions below and get ready to make some people smile!