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Awesome Pound Cake

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Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time 80

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Ingredients You'll Need

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


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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