This recipe comes from my granny, Ruth Cox. She got the recipe from a friend at a bridge party, long ago. How come no one plays bridge anymore? This cake is heavy, literally and figuratively.
Here's the recipe, in my granny's words:
Sponge Pound Cake
3 sticks butter (or 2 butter and 1 marg)
1 box powdered sugar
1 box (powdered sugar box full) of twice sifted flour (cake flour)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Cream butter, add sugan, then eggs, beating well after each. Add flour, then vanilla, using slow speed of mixer.
Bake in greased and floured large tube pan in 300 degree oven for 2 hours.
Invert on to rack leaving pan over cake till it drops onto rack then cools.
**Laura's notes: You should make sure everything is at room tempurature before mixing! Also, as you can see from the picture, you can also bake this in two loaf pans. Just shorten the time to about 50 minutes. You can also sprinkle powdered sugar on the cake if you want to gild the lily.