Traditional pound cake gets its name for one simple reason: It uses four simple ingredients, each of which weighs a pound. With equal weights of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs, the recipe below delivers a super-rich cake that's the ideal base for strawberry shortcake, and it's just as tasty all on its own.
The fifth ingredient in this particular recipe is one that brings out the best flavor in many baked goods: vanilla. A hint of this subtle perfume really kicks the cake up a notch and makes it extra special. Of course, you could also flavor this cake with other extracts for a different, but no less delicious, experience.