Celebrate National Pound Cake Day Thursday, March 4 with 7 Birmingham businesses

You ALREADY know we have to kick off the guide with Birmingham-famous Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

If you’ve never visited these Birmingham bakeries and restaurants, it’s butter late than never to get there on National Poundcake Day. We like big bundts and we can not lie, so go ahead and give these places a try.

So why is pound cake called pound cake? 🍞

It’s not because that’s how much it weighs, despite the misleading name. The original recipe for pound cake actually included four of ’em—one pound for each ingredient of flour, eggs, butter and sugar.

The easy-bake cake dates back to the 1700s and food experts believe it to have originated in Europe. We’re happy it made it overseas to America and landed in the oven mitts of these local Birmingham bakers.

1. Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes

The 100-year old recipe for Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes is not only what helped send her sons as Student Ambassadors to Europe and China in 2014, but what’s turned a humble beginning into an explosive brand.

Although the cakes are now sold by national retailers like Sam’s Club and Amazon, owner April McClung stays loyal to local. You can find her around Birmingham at the Market at Pepper Place or donating treats to our city’s frontline workers.

2. Lé Fresca

Take a twist on the original pound cake with Lé Fresca’s olive oil cake garnished with blueberry compote and a hint of lemon zest. Instead of butter, the cake uses olive oil and adds a thin layer of sugar across the top for that perfect crunch.

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3. Iron City Grill

Are you kidding me? Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

As if you need a description after seeing this photo. But to entice you further—Iron City Grill’s Mixed Berry Pound Cake features mixed berry compote, lemon curd and whipped cream. The pound cake is just one of the delicious options on Iron City Grill’s new brunch menu.

4. JaWanda’s Sweet Potato Pies

Named the best pie shop in Alabama by USA Today, JaWanda’s does it all—including pound cake. Between Crusty Cream Cheese, Chocolate, Lemon, Coconut Pineapple and Strawberry Shortcake you’ll go crazy trying to decide which flavor is best. Hack: go ahead and order all four from this family-owned bakery.

5. Double Sweetness Cakery

Two sweet ladies, one sweet dream and tons of delicious options that extend past National Pound Cake Day. But since it’s the cake of the moment, we’ll highlight this beautiful creation above.

6. Simply Sonequa Pound Cakes

From a simple bake sale to selling out specialties, Simply Sonequa Pound Cakes is a familiar name to those with a sweet tooth in Birmingham. Talk of Alabama even recently featured owner Sonequa Murray for her German Chocolate Cookies.

7. Nothing Bundt Cakes

Of course, we can’t do a pound cake guide and not include the business that’s credited nationwide with having some of the most delicious bundts around. Whether you want to go savory with a carrot cake flavor or get rich with chocolate and red velvet delights, satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.

Know of another local spot whipping up pound cake, like Edgar’s Bakery’s Banana Nut Pound Cake? Send it our way on social at @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

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