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Randolph's Costmary Pound Cake

Tanacetum balsamita is a perennial temperate herb known as Costmary, Alecost or Balsam herb.

Prep Time: 20 min.Southern Home Cooking
Baking Time: 1 hr.


  • 8 - large Costmary leaves, divided

  • 4 - cups flour, sifted

  • 1 - teaspoon salt

  • 4 - teaspoons baking powder

  • 1-1/2 - cups butter

  • 3 - cups sugar

  • 8 - eggs

  • 1 - cup milk

  • 2 - teaspoons


Preheat oven to 325 F.  Line 2 (4-1/2x8-inch) loaf pans with wax paper.  Place 4 Costmary leaves on the bottom of each pan.

  1. In a mixing bowl, sift flour, salt, and baking powder together.  In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.

  2. To the creamed butter, add eggs 1 at a time and keeping mixing.  Add flour mixture, alternating with milk and vanilla.  Stir until blended. 

  3. Pour batter into pans over the leaves.  Bake for 1 hour.  Remove from pans and discard Costmary leaves.

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