Before the creation of electric mixers, a lot of mixing was done by hand. Based on Pound Cake recipes from 1700’s and early 1800’s, how long does one have to beat the ingredients to get air into the batter?
Based on recipe from The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse, facsimile 1747, one has to beat the ingredients for 1 hour by hand or with a wooden spoon! That had better been a great cake after it came out of the oven! Even it was not, I would still heave eaten it and made sure I liked it considering the amount of effort.