Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Perfect Pound Cake

We have spent years trying to find and tweak recipes to find the "perfect" pound cake.  Lucky for you, you don't have to spend years searching because here it is....

2 sticks (1cup) butter, softened, plus additional for buttering pan
3 cups sifted cake flour, plus additional for dusting
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups sugar
7 large eggs at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup heavy cream

*Remember these tips*

Do Not preheat the oven

Use Cake flour, and do not skip sifting... these 2 things are extremely important

The bundt pan I use is 12 cups and if all batter is put in it can overflow, either but a pan on the rack below in case it overflows or take out about 3/4 cup of batter before pouring it in the pan

Check cake at 50 minutes, it may take 5-10 minutes longer

Butter pan and dust with flour, dumping out excess flour

Sift cake flour *do not skip*

Sift together cake flour and salt into another bowl.
Repeat and sift cake flour and salt back into original bowl.
(flour will be sifted 3 times total)

Beat together butter (2 sticks) and sugar with your mixer set at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. About 5 minutes in a stand mixer (using paddle attatchment), 6-8 minutes with handheld mixer. 
 Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Then beat in vanilla

Reduce speed to low and add half of flour, mix well

Add all of cream, mix well

Add rest of flour, mix well
Scrape down side of bowl, then beat at medium-high apeed 5 minutes.
Batter will become creamy and satiny
Spoon batter into pan
*remember if using 12 cup bundt pan like seen here, take out 3/4 cup of batter or place pan below cake in the oven*
Drop pan against counter a few times to release air bubbles
Place pan in cold oven
Put oven temperature at 350 degrees

Check cake at 50 minutes, it may take 5-10 minutes longer.
Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in middle of cake comes out with not many crumbs
The cake is really best just eaten plain but I fancied it all up for the picture.

I hope y'all love this recipe as much as we do!

I'm linking up at


lindsay said...

Made this today. It really is delicious!

Simply Sammie said...

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious!

Mindie Hilton said...

Sounds yummy. Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time. I have decided to feature your recipe on Friday morning too! Hope to see you each week.

Tonia @ said...

I have never made pound cake but I love it! Yours looks wonderful!

Amy said...

Oh sure...they look and sound perfect! Especially love the way your serve it with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. YUM all the way.

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