Rosemary Buttermilk Pound Cake

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Breads, Brunch, Desserts | 10 Comments

Something inside her struggled against her mother’s words, a long burrowed instinct that wanted to rebel, to kick out against them. And suddenly there was a memory in the place where her mother’s voice had been, something long forgotten. She was at a neighbor’s house. She was small, incredibly young, maybe three years old. She slipped and fell in the pool in the backyard and her mother jumped into the pool. Constance heard the splash, could feel the cold chill of the water enveloping her, the wave her mother created.

Constance was small and the pool deep but she was not afraid. Her falling into the pool was a slip of a moment in Constance’s life, nothing more than passing the ketchup at dinner or slamming her bedroom door as a teenager. Her mother had grabbed hold of her so fast, had pulled her up and into her arms and held her there, her head and face high above the line of water. Constance had laughed.

That is an excerpt from my book.

A book I would not have without my mother.

I say that for the obvious reasons- for one thing, I clearly would not exist without her. Clearly.

For another, I would not love books without her. My mother had four children, I’m the third, and the majority of the pictures around when I was small consist of her gazing into the camera with half-closed eyes. Don’t get me wrong- she is as beautiful then as she is now but nobody could look at those pictures and not think, “Wow, she looks exhausted.” Four children will do that to a person. I can only imagine. And yet she read to me. A lot.

Even she admits that she does not how she was able to do this. It’s like those moments of her and me, a book between us, were strangely apart from the rest of her busy day, like the hour before and the hour after just kind of pulled until there was this extra time, this nowhere time. I learned to love stories there, in her lap. That’s important.

When I told her I wanted to write, she didn’t laugh. She didn’t fret. She honestly didn’t look too surprised.

If, over the years, my transient adventures made her increasingly nervous, she would share her fears that I wouldn’t make it, that it would never happen for me, that it was too tough out there, in private, to my father, behind closed doors. All she would say to me is that she was happy if I was happy. Which I was. Which I am.

When I sat down to write my first book, it seemed natural to make it about a mother’s love. And then, the second book turned out to be about that too. Isn’t that funny?

Thank you, Mama.

What do you want to thank your mom for? Share it with us.

You’ll be happy you did. Promise.

Buttermilk Rosemary Pound Cake

Source: Adapted from | Total Time: 1 hr 45 min. | Makes 1 9-inch or 10-inch tube pan | Print Recipe


3 Cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 Teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon of salt
1 Cup of butter
3 Cups of white sugar
6 Eggs
3 Teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
1 TBSP of fresh rosemary, chopped
1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 Cup of buttermilk


1. Preheat oven to 325° F.

2. Butter 1 9-inch or 10-inch loaf pan.

3. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

4. In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar.

5. Mix in the eggs, one at time, beating well after each addition.

6. Stir in the lemon juice, vanilla extract and chopped rosemary.

7. Gently mix in flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Do not overmix.

8. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

9. Bake in preheated oven for 90 minutes. Do not open oven door until after one hour. When cake begins to pull away from the side of the pan, it is done.

10. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Serve warm with honey.


  1. Lynna H.
    May 9, 2012

    this may seem cliche, but maybe that`s why it is a cliche…but i truly want to tell my mom that i`m thankful for E V E R Y T H I N G

  2. Concetta Cutrone
    May 9, 2012

    Thank you Jubits. That was beautiful. Hugs and love always and to Charlie too. Mom

  3. Jessie
    May 10, 2012

    The honey dripping off pound cake is what initially drew me into this entry, but the writing is definitely what resonated. I constantly think about exhausting life is (without kids), and so am obviously humbled by the strength and stamina of our mothers. Thanks for sharing this short piece!!

  4. Sarah from 20something cupcakes
    May 10, 2012

    This looks absolutely perfect! I bet it would also be amazing with thyme.

  5. rennie
    May 10, 2012

    I just made this and it’s great! can’t wait to try it with lavender or ginger.

  6. Janet
    May 12, 2012

    I’ll admit that at one time I structured my future to be everything that hadn’t come to pass for my mom: I will live in the city. I will have a career. I will write and shop and have sex with whoever I want… but if it hadn’t been for her,the desire to write wouldn’t have existed. I eagerly read the entirety of the Harry Potter books to her while she baked, knowing that she appreciated the sound of my voice even if sometimes I got a little excited and spoke too quickly. She encouraged my endeavors as a printing press when I showed her my handmade newsletters. I was her “little reader.” I find myself recalling her often when writing, even if at the start, I hadn’t the intention of invoking her image.

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  8. Lindsey
    September 11, 2012

    Help! I just made this and I think it was too much for one 9in loaf pan. It is overflowing and luckily I put a baking sheet underneath it. I think I could have used two loaf pans. Anyone else run into this problem?

    • Judi
      September 11, 2012


      I’m sorry this happened to you!!! I just double-checked (it’s been a while since I made this one) the recipe from Allrecipes and it DOES say 1 9-inch pan! Not sure why it overflowed. There are 300+ comments on it so maybe there are some answers there for you.

      If this happened to anyone else, let us know! – Judi

      • Nicole
        September 11, 2012

        it’s for 1 9′ TUBE pan, not loaf pan, sorry! I’ll update the recipe, it’s correct in the printable version, sorry for the confusion