Perhaps it should be called Four-Pound Cake. The dessert is just like its name sounds — a buttery cake that is traditionally made with a pound of each of its four main ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar.
Even though they may sometimes be made with smaller quantities of the key ingredients, you can call any cake made with that 1 to 1 to 1 to 1 ratio of butter, egg, sugar and flour a pound cake. From there, the “rules” for pound cake vary. Some are baked in big Bundt pans, others in smaller loaf pans. Some pound cakes are served with an icing or sweet glaze, some have nuts, chocolate, or fruits inside, and still others are just straight-ahead “naked” pound cakes — with no added ingredients or embellishments.