Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rich, finely textured yellow cake containing eggs, flour, butter, and sugar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dense yellow cake, the traditional recipe for wich consists of equal quantities (nominally one pound) of butter, eggs, flour, and sugar.

Etymologies

From the original recipe, calling for a pound each of butter, sugar, and flour.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From pound ("unit of mass") + cake. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Green tea and fried pork, honeycomb and salted salmon, pound cake and pickled cucumbers, stewed chickens and apple-tarts, maple molasses and pease-pudding, gingerbread and sour-crout, are to be found at almost every table.

    Life in Canada Fifty Years Ago

  • Whether baking or bakerying, steer toward cakes that look good enough to be put on a glass pedestal—lemon yellow pound cake dusted with confectioners’ sugar or shimmery white coconut bundt cake topped with lots of shavings.

    The Swell Dressed Party

  • As I got there, Wendy Callers approached, with a fresh pound cake wrapped in a checkered towel.

    Keep Sweet

  • I would scrawl “salad and iced tea” for lunch, neglecting to mention that the salad came with a basket of breadsticks dripping in butter, or that I “tasted” my co-worker’s pound cake that she didn’t want to finish.

    CSS: Shaping the New You

  • For dessert, we had loaves of pound cake and a big bowl of jawbreakers.

    The Swell Dressed Party

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