This is a good basic cake. You can serve it by itself, with fresh fruit and whipped cream, or with homemade ice cream.
Vanilla Pound Cake
found in the May 2010 edition of Southern Living magazine
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar
2 cups (1 pound!) butter, softened
3/4 cup milk
6 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 325. Place flour, sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla (in that order) in 4-qt. bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer. Beat at low speed 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes.
2. Pour into a greased 10-inch tube pan, and smooth. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).