I don't know why - habit, I suppose - but I always mix my cakes up with a hand mixer...even though I FINALLY got the stand mixer of my dreams. Like I said, it must be habit. Well, my hand mixer died and I was in the mood to make this cake. Like nearly everyone else, I used Swan's Down Cake Flour instead of All Purpose (just too lazy to sift, resift, reresift, etc.) and my stand mixer. What a difference the stand mixer made in my pound cakes. I've always had delicious 5 Pound Cakes (they're THAT heavy, dense). This came out like a Cloud Cake (that beautifully light, airy) and I honestly believe the improvement in the texture made it taste even better. So, the recipe gets 5 stars because, well, YUMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!! but as a footnote I will say, if you have to save $1 a week for 4 years, it's worth it a thousand times over to have a good stand mixer when making this or any other cake.
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I don't know why - habit, I suppose - but I always mix my cakes up with a hand mixer...even...