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Awesome Pound Cake


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Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time 80

Ingredients

3 cups cake flour
6 large eggs
1 pound butter
1 pound sugar
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk


Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in


the sugar. I use a large spoon for this. Next I add


the butter. My grandmother would melt the butter


in a pan over slow heat to make it blend easier.


You can do this or just let the butter soften at


room temperature. Add the eggs, whole. At this


point I break out my mixer and begin mixing on


slow. I slowly add my buttermilk, and then the


vanilla extract. After it is thoroughly stirred,


I turn the mixer up to medium for a few minutes,


and then finally on high. If the mixture is a little


thick I add just a touch more buttermilk. If you don't


mix things thoroughly you will have lumps that will


form air bubbles in your mixture and leave holes


in your finished cake. It was always a matter of pride


not to have these air pocket holes in our cakes so we


always made sure we got all of the lumps. In the


pre-electric-mixer day that involved a lot of whipping


the cake by hand. We usually didn't have a hand cranked


mixer


that worked well, so this involved a large mixing spoon


to whip it. Some old timers even counted the number


of times they whipped the mixture - sort of made it


fun and you didn't notice your arm tiring.


Preheat the over to 325 degrees.


Take your standard tube cake pan and oil it with


butter. Then lightly flour the oiled pan. Shake


the excess flour from the pan.


Pour the mix in, bake the cake for about 1 hour


and twenty minutes. Keep looking at how your cake


is doing through the oven door but avoid opening


the door too much while it is cooking as I have


seen this, or jarring a cake, cause it to collapse.


When you think it is done, do the toothpick test.


Stick a wooden toothpick into one of the thickest


parts of the cake. If it's dry when you pull it our,


the cake is done.


Allow the cake to cool 15 or 20 minutes in the pan.


Then gently remove it, and stick it on your favorite


decorative cake plate.


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