Mama's pound cake

  • 225g butter, plus more for pan
  • 100g vegetable fat
  • 600g sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 450g plain flour, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/Gas 4.

2) With a mixer, cream butter and fat together. Add sugar, a little at a time. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to mixer alternately with milk, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Mix in vanilla.

3) Pour into a greased and floured tube pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

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