Classic vanilla pound cake is the quintessential Southern dessert in addition to this version from my mother in law is pure Southern perfection.
I lastly did it! I baked my offset pound cake!! Can you lot believe I had never made a pound cake earlier this?
In my defense, pound cake is decidedly a southern thing. Growing upward inwards Vermont, nosotros only didn't bake pound cakes. The solely pound cake I had been exposed to prior to moving southward was the Sara Lee loaf kind you lot purchase inwards the freezer department at the grocery store.
Now that I alive inwards North Carolina, classic pound cake is everywhere, and inwards in addition to thus many wonderful flavors. Oh, homemade is sooooo much ameliorate than that frozen stuff!
I'll acknowledge I was really nervous, perhaps fifty-fifty a niggling fleck scared, to brand my offset pound cake.
As I said before, I convey absolutely zero background inwards baking this sort of cake. Add to that the fact that my mother in law is pretty much a pound cake baking goddess. You tin live almost guaranteed that when you lot walk into her house, there's a pound cake inwards the cake cupboard. Yep, she makes it so much there's a cake cupboard where it's kept. Now if that's non intimidating, I don't know what is.
And at that topographic point you lot convey it - fear. Fear of the pound cake. But I desperately wanted to overcome this fear.
So, afterward 8 years of knowing my hubby in addition to eating his mother's wonderfully amazing pound cake, I decided to give her recipe a whirl myself.
Trying to yell back all the tips in addition to tricks she told me, I laid out on my journey. Doubts even in addition to thus ran through my caput - What if I don't acquire the batter mixed only right? What if it gets a deplorable streak inwards it? (I've learned that this is when it doesn't bake evenly, creating basically an unbaked "streak" through the cake.) What if ... in addition to champaign this is ane of the worst in addition to most frequent pound cake mishaps ... it won't come upward out of the pan? What if it bakes upward ugly?? But I pressed on ...
After combining all my ingredients in addition to beating them for the total fifteen minutes called for inwards the recipe, I poured my beautiful pale yellow, smooth, creamy batter into my pan. I'm a sucker for batter, in addition to thus of course of didactics I tasted it at this point. Already yummy!
But when my pound cake came out of the oven, ane of my fears had come upward to live - the top of the cake baked upward ugly, in addition to ane business office of it was slumped downward a little.
Fortunately, the pound cake settled downward a tiny fleck equally it cooled - but it even in addition to thus sure enough wasn't the prettiest cake around. This made me very worried to cutting into it.
When it lastly came fourth dimension to cut, Mark in addition to I did it together.
After all, he grew upward amongst this pound cake in addition to would for-sure know if it was up-to-snuff! Because of the slumped side, he was positive at that topographic point was going to live a deplorable streak inwards it.
When nosotros cut, I was extremely glad in addition to relieved to uncovering no streak!
The Mark quote: "I intend you've done it."
That's really high praise from my item hubby of few words.
As I practice amongst most of my baked goods, I gave the bulk of the cake away. As I was packaging upward my little pound cake help packages, I asked Mark if he wanted me to preserve him a few slices. He said no - in addition to thus I asked, "Are you lot sure?" He said, "Yes, I'm sure."
I admit, I was surprised. So, I decided to preserve only ane spell for me to convey the side past times side day.
Here it is - all past times itself on the cake plate:
Here's what the cake plate looked similar the side past times side morning time when I came downward for breakfast:
Guess what Mark had for breakfast...
Compliments of my mother-in-law, hither is the recipe for this classic pound cake. Eat it plain, or amongst berries or whipped cream (or both!) on top.
Even if it bakes upward ugly or amongst a deplorable streak, residual assured it volition even in addition to thus gustation delicious.