I recently took a walk down memory lane and ran across several pound cake recipes that had been passed down from the bakers in my family. Written on tattered pieces of paper and scratched on the inside covers of old cook books were the recipes for brown sugar pound cake, coconut pound cake, sour cream pound cake, sweet potato pound cake and five flavor pound cake to name a few.

This got me thinking about what ever happened to pound cakes. I know here in Atlanta, you can sometime purchase a chunk or two at a local farmers market or Starbucks is notorious for their iced lemon pound cake which sells out more than any other, but what has become of the old stand by that moms of baby-boomers kept tucked away for unexpected company.

I know I still prepare pound cake for special guest and as a gift for friends and family, but to prepare a cake out of the blue is a rarity. I can't say I don't have time, I just don't take the time any more to make heirloom desserts.

This holiday season I am sending pound cakes as gifts, complete with a bundt cake pan and recipe. I'm telling family members to either use it or tuck it away for that first granddaughter (okay, or son). If nothing else the child will have a wonder part of our family's culinary history and a fantastic recipe to include as she starts her culinary journey.

...and for those die-hard pound cake fans, you may already have a copy of Bibb Jordan's Pound Cake Cookbook, but if you don't this is one you will definitely want to have in your library! (Note: the book is no longer in print, but if you can purchase it used, do so, it is truly worth its weight in gold!)

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