Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Perfect Pound Cake.


I don't know about you, but the simplicity of a rich buttery piece of Pound Cake gets me every time.  Then you go and do something crazy, like topping it with fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream, and I'm a goner.  Oh, the deliciousness...
I've been searching for just the right recipe for quite some time.  If you know me and my baking style, you know I'm not a huge fan of shortening.  I'm a butter girl, all the way.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that because of my love of all things butter, Paula Deen and I would be bosom friends.  I wanted an all butter Pound Cake, and many of the recipes (including Paula's shockingly) used a mix of shortening and butter.  But I was sticking to my all butter philosophy, so on I searched.

Then I came across this gem of a recipe.  Not only does it call for butter, butter and more butter...  But it also has a combination of three {3!} of my favorite extracts.  SOLD to the short blond girl in the back!

Perfect Pound Cake
{recipe via}

12 oz {3 sticks} of room temperature butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk- room temperature
1 tsp pure almond extract
1 tsp pure lemon extract
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 cups sugar
6 eggs- room temperature

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Butter and flour Bundt Pan or Tube Pan
{for the love of all that is holy, please do NOT use a non-stick spray for this!}

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.  Combine milk and extracts in a separate container and set aside.  Cream butter until light and fluffy {about 2 minutes} then add the sugar 1/4 cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Beat about 3 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, allowing 15-20 seconds between each addition. {you must allow ample time for emulsification, otherwise you will have an overly dense cake}  Alternately add the flour and milk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour.  Beat until batter is smooth and silky, but no longer.

Pour into prepared pan and tap it on the counter to allow batter to settle evenly.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Let cool in pan on a rack for 30 minutes.  Turn cake onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before serving.





32 comments:

*katie said...

Sounds evil-ly good!! Thanks for sharing, I definitely will be making this.

Anonymous said...

How many cups of butter is 3 sticks. The stick size is different here. Thanks! Geneil

tharker said...

Geneil,

It's 1 1/2 cups.

Shannon said...

Totally agree about butter vs. shortening! And you picked the perfect day to post this recipe - it's my son's 16th birthday, and he doesn't like cakes with frosting. :)

Rescued Goods said...

This sounds awesome! Thanks-can't wait to try!
vanessa

Annette Sims said...

I totally admire you!! You're so talented!

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