Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rich, finely textured yellow cake containing eggs, flour, butter, and sugar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dense yellow cake, the traditional recipe for wich consists of equal quantities (nominally one pound) of butter, eggs, flour, and sugar.

Etymologies

From the original recipe, calling for a pound each of butter, sugar, and flour.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From poundĀ ("unit of mass") + cake. (Wiktionary)

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