Barbara Martin wrote and published a collection of stories, Porch Ladies, about the women whose lives shaped her own., especially her beloved grandmother. She was working on a companion volume, Under the Pecan Tree, about the men who were the husbands, companions, brothers and sons of the women who gathered on the porch, especially her beloved gran...dfather. Barbara was a native of Florida. She passed away November 15, 2013. More

Barbara's Best in the World Pound Cake

Barbara Martin brought her best in the world, passed down through the generations, pound cake to our book-making on June 10, 2012. In response to popular demand, she is sharing the recipe with the wVw community. It is indeed good eats!


1 lb butter
3 cups sugar
4 cups flour
6 eggs
1 teas vanilla extract
1 teas lemon extract(OR almond OR rum depending on what your taste is or if you want to experiment. I use either lemon or rum)
1/2 teas baking powder (If using sweet butter, add 1/2 teas salt.)
1/2 cup milk

Cream butter and sugar really well. Take as much time with this as you can. Add vanilla and lemon extract. mix well. Now add, alternately, two eggs for each cup of flour. (Sifting flour twice will give a lighter cake.) For last cup of flour, add milk. Mix well, but do not over beat. Batter should be smooth. Pour into a tube pan. Place in a COLD oven then set oven to 350 degrees. Cake should be done in one hour or more depending on your oven. Cake is done when tooth pick in cake comes out clean. Then welcome to cholesterol heaven!! Enjoy!

Barbara Martin

Barbara left us great stories and the a recipe for the best pund cake in the world. Try it! You'll love her cake as much as WVW writers loved Barbara.

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Hi Barbara, I enjoyed your cake and so did my husband!!! When the weather gets cooler I know he will do his best to duplicate it b... Read More
Thursday, 21 June 2012 01:17
Gloria Caviglia
I made this cake for a crowd last weekend, and in the words of my grandmother, they were licking themselves in contentment! Thank ... Read More
Thursday, 21 June 2012 01:42
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