In case you didn't know, today is National Pound Cake Day.
Pound cake got its name because the original recipe called for one pound each of flour, butter, eggs and sugar.
This 1978 ad calls for Pepperidge Farm pound cake but you could just as easily use these ideas with a pound cake from your grocery store bakery or, if you're feeling ambitious, a homemade pound cake.
Crackle Pound Cake
In heavy skillet, melt 1/2 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat, stir until sugar melts and turns golden brown. Immediately spoon over cake. Let stand three minutes.
Viennese Petit Fours
Cut pound cake into eight slices and each slice into thirds. Blend 1/2 cup apricot or orange preserves and two tablespoons of water in a saucepan. Warm over low heat. Spoon over cake slices. Top with shredded coconut or chocolate curls.