We told Ella’s Oma and Granddad about why the pound cake is called a pound cake (see Ella’s Pound Cake post, above). “Oh, that’s like the Ei-schwer cake my mother used to make!” said Oma.
Ei-schwer means “egg weight.” However many eggs she had, Oma’s mother weighed them to get the egg weight. Then she made the cake with the eggs plus an egg-weight of butter, an egg-weight of flour, and an egg-weight of sugar.
The other interesting thing about the original pound cake is that the recipe doesn’t call for leavening, such as baking soda or baking powder.
Thank you for the memory, Oma!