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Childhood Memories Grandma Hazel’s Pound Cake

Article by Katie Cook, recipe by Hazel Mullins

Posted November 14, 2012

Poundcake
Grandma Hazel’s famous poundcake right out of the oven.

You always could count on being served Grandma’s pound cake.

My grandmother, Hazel Strickland Mullins was born in Mississippi in 1918 and married my grandfather, George Morris Mullins in 1942. Together they raised four children including my father. My grandparents retired to East Texas in the late 1970s so while my family and I lived in Austin through most of my childhood, we regularly made the six hour drive to visit them.

Grandma Hazel and Grandpa George holding baby Katie. March 1976 in Ontario, Canada
Grandma Hazel and Grandpa George holding baby Katie. March 1976 in Ontario, Canada

Much to the delight of us grandkids, Grandpa George had a sweet tooth so there were always treats in the house including moon pies, ice cream, and a jar of candy possibly from the 1960s. But, the dessert that you always could count on being served was Grandma Hazel’s pound cake.

Grandpa George passed away in 2009 and Grandma Hazel now lives in an assisted living home in Austin. She has pretty advanced dementia and is unable to tell many stories or pass down things like recipes. Thankfully, she had several of her recipes printed in the community’s church cookbooks over the years. Including her famous pound cake.

Pound Cake

Cream together:

  • 3 sticks of butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese

Beat into top mixture:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs

Then add:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs

Mix well, then add:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs

Mix well, then add:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix well and pour into tube pan – set in cold oven and set control at 350 degrees. Bake for 1 ½ hours.
Or use heavy bundt pan and set oven at 300 degrees and bake for 1 ¾ hours.
The longer this cake sets the better it will be, and it needs no frosting.

Cream together: butter and cream cheese
Cream together: butter and cream cheese
Beat into top mixture: sugar and eggs
Beat into top mixture: sugar and eggs
Then add: flour and eggs
Then add: flour and eggs
Pour into bundt pan
Pour into bundt pan
Katie Cook

Katie Cook is a lover of all things social media, travel, food and wine. She grew up in Austin, TX and enjoys making dishes that her husband and two children enjoy. You can find her at @katiecook

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