The Most Adaptable One-Bowl Cornmeal Poundcake

The Most Adaptable One-Bowl Cornmeal Poundcake

Is it cake time yet? Cake is comforting in a way that a tart or cookies are not, and this is especially true of loaf cakes, which you can convince yourself is just like bread. Slices of it fit in the toaster, so really, what’s the difference? This citrus-scented cornmeal number is endlessly adaptable — use whatever fat you have on hand, dairy or light, bright flavoring you have on hand — and requires just one bowl. It’s wonderful in slices, but extra nice toasted and buttered for breakfast.
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  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 350 degrees, and grease and flour a 9-inch loaf pan. (Or grease and line it with parchment.)
  2. Step 2

    In a big bowl, add the sugar, and grate the zest from the orange, lemon or lime into the bowl. If you need a little aromatherapy, work the zest into the sugar with your fingers. (This technique is supposed to infuse the citrus into the sugar.)
  3. Step 3

    Add the fat, eggs, and yogurt to the bowl, along with the extract and nutmeg, if you like.
  4. Step 4

    Whisk in the salt, baking soda, baking powder and cornmeal. Once smooth, whisk in flour.
  5. Step 5

    Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Let it (mostly) cool in the pan. Then slice off a thick piece, butter it and let yourself be soothed.