Holiday Traditions, Time to Share

Happy Holidays!

Pound Cake 2

We love spending time in the kitchen with family and friends. Never is this more special than during the holidays. Our holiday traditions include a number of favorite cookies and sweets that come out only during the holidays. Our Christmas cookies are made every year, just as they have been since Charlotte and her sister Leslie were kids.

One of the first recipes that Charlotte pulls out every year is our traditional Southern Pound Cake. This is a true pound cake with a full pound of butter, and nearly a half dozen eggs. The recipe was given to Connie when she and Roger lived in Charlottesville, VA. It is from a neighbor’s family recipe book and was handed down through the generations. The rich, dense cake is a perfect cold Christmas Eve treat, it goes really well with champagne!

We would love to share the recipe with you this holiday.

Pound Cake


2 Sticks Butter                                    3 Cups Flour
1/c Cup Crisco Shortening               1/2 Tsp Salt
2 Cups Sugar                                      1/2 Tsp Vanilla
5 Eggs                                                  1/2 Tsp Lemon Extract
1 Cup Milk                                          2 Tbs UCR Blood Orange Sugar (Optional)


Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees.

Grease & flour two loaf pans and set aside.

Combine the butter, Crisco and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream together well.

Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition. Make sure that eggs are fully incorporated into the mix. You’ll want the mixture to be light and fluffy.

Sift the flour and salt together into a separate bowl. Now add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk to the mixing bowl. Be sure to mix well after each addition. End with a flour addition. Mixing well.

Add in the additional flavorings, mixing to incorporate well.

Evenly divide the batter between the two loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour 45 minutes. Cake stick should come out clean when inserted into cakes.

Pound Cake 3

The top of your cake should split open showing the dense cake inside.

This cake is always a favorite at our family Christmas dinner. We hope that it is for yours as well. Here’s wishing all our family and friends a safe, happy and joyous holiday season from The Ransom-McKenzie Team.



2 Comments on “Holiday Traditions, Time to Share

  1. I just made this cake last night for the first time in many years. My recipe calls for putting dough filled pans in a cold oven and baking at 300 degrees for 1 hour 45 minutes. Do not open oven door during baking.

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