Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Plain Jane Pound Cake

Me (Casey) plus pound cake equals LOVE. Any kind of pound cake steals my heart. I love it so much, but I have never actually made one. Mom convinced me to try it out and the outcome was exactly what I was hoping for. It was dense, moist, and very flavorful. I adapted this recipe from www.allrecipes.com. To make the pound cake you are going to need butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk
In a medium- size bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set that aside

Now, in a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs in one at a time, beating after each one
Then load it up with vanilla
Once that's nice and mixed in, add in the butter and the dry mixture alternately (beginning and ending with the dry mixture).
Don't beat it too much or your pound cake will become tough and dry. Here's the finished batter, taste it and make sure it's good :)
Pour the batter into a greased round tube pan or loaf pans
Put that bad boy in the oven. Make sure not to over cook it so it won't be dry. Here's my finished pound cake

I took mine out of the pan right away so it wouldn't cook anymore. Here's the side of it, nice and moist & buttery
You can eat it plain OR you can put more sugary frosting on it! Here's what you'll need for the glaze
Butter, vanilla, milk, salt, and powdered sugar. Melt the butter and beat together all ingredients. You may need to add more melted butter and milk to get the right consistency. You want it to be about like this
Cover your cooled pound cake with the glaze
Spread it out evenly and let it fall down the sides
I couldn't wait any longer, so I cut into that monster
Of course, an up close shot of the pound cake

Plain Jane Pound Cake
3 Cups AP flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, soft
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray loaf pans or a 9 inch tube pan with cooking spray. Set aside. In a medium- size bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar about 2 minutes, or until fluffy. Add eggs in one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. Alternately stir in the dry mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry mixture. Be sure not to over mix. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 70-90 minutes, depending on the pan you use. (test with a toothpick). Let cool in pan about 5 minutes, or take out right away (it's up to you). Cool completely. While that is cooling make your glaze.

Vanilla Glaze
6 Tbs. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
1-3 Tbs. milk (may need more)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Whisk all of the ingredients together in  a bowl until well combined. You may need to add more melted butter or milk to get a glaze consistency. Pour over cooled pound cake, spreading around so glaze falls down the sides of the cake. Serve!

*The original pound cake recipe called for 1 tsp. lemon extract, but I omitted it. You can use any flavor extract you like, but I just stuck with good ole vanilla.

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