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About 10 years ago, my mother in law introduced me to Liza Ashley.  Ms. Ashley was a former cook for Bill Clinton while he was governor of Arkansas. In fact, she had been a cook for the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion for over thirty years.   She had dropped by to drop off a pound cake to welcome my husband and I to our new home.  Of course I was humbled by the fact that a woman who had cooked for President Clinton and other political dignitaries would honor me with such a gift, but the novice chef in me wanted nothing more than the recipe.  Ms. Ashley chided how easy baking was and invited me over to her home.  Her home was an eclectic collection of memorabilia from days gone by.  Her living room dotted with congratulatory messages from dignitaries from all over the world. 

Ms. Ashley published this recipe in a cookbook several years ago and gifted a copy to my mother in law.  When I asked if I could borrow the cookbook, my mother in law offered to copy the recipe for me rather than entrust me with her coveted cookbook. Since I doubt you will ever have the opportunity to taste Ms. Ashley’s pound cake, I decided to share this recipe with you.


Mrs. Liza Ashley’s Pound Cake
    1 lb. butter                3 cups sugar
    6 eggs                       3 1/2 cups flour
    1 tsp. vanilla              1 cup buttermilk  


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease flour tube pan
  3. Cream butter and sugar
  4. Add eggs one at a time – beating well after each 
  5. Add dry ingredients one at a time
  6. Slowly mix in buttermilk
  7. Bake in tube pan for 1 hr and 25 min.

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