Pound cake evokes happy hums. People have been baking pound cakes for the past two centuries. Why does everyone like this cake so much? I’ll say it’s the firm, reliable, recognizable, buttery softness — butter, flour, sugar, eggs in all the right places. Note that the sugar is confectioners’, rather than white or brown. And see there’s a lot of vanilla in this adorable cake.


My pound cake is an interpretation of the recipe found in Zoë Bakes Cakes, by Zoë François. Her recipe is written to bake two pound cakes, where she gets to use a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, flour (the “pound” cakes). I’ve adjusted her recipe in order to bake a single cake, so I’ve reduced each pound to 8 oz. This might not be as sexy, but it’s certainly a wonderful cake.


Whip the butter and the sugar for 5 minutes, and see it become light and fluffy. It looks and feels like whipped cream. Certainly, this fluffiness is what makes the cake rise high in the oven.

I take the liberty of stirring one cup of frozen fruit into my mixed batter.

Bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes. Sure enough, the cake has risen high. Smell the vanilla.

I mix together the simple “Confectioners’ Sugar Icing,” to drizzle over the cake. It’s just sugar and cream. I mix in a bit of fruit jam, just so I can add some color to my icing.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoē François. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Zoë Bakes Cakes - and our choices for November 2022 were ~

Vanilla-Bean Pound Cake

Grandma Ellen’s Trinidad Rum Cake

Mod Yule Log