Since that never came to be, obviously, this was baked and photographed a while ago, and I didn’t add my name to the list before this post was almost done. Trip and learn.
But it can be flavored and glazed so many ways, from vanilla with a chocolate glaze to fresh raspberry almond, to wherever your imagination takes you.
The first time I took it to the office it not only disappeared in a nanosecond, but even I was impressed by the texture. I mean, after 30+ years baking, 300+ cookbooks and a few other numbers I should be slightly embarrassed to share (not really, ha), I was surprised to find such a fantastic iteration of a pound cake recipe.
So go ahead and keep it close. It’s so worth it.
Note: The pictures are for half the recipe, which is what I usually make. But a tube pan works well for the whole recipe.
For the cake:
- 3 1/4 cups cake flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 9 oz 255g unsalted butter, at room tº
- 8 oz 225g sour cream, at room tº
- 3 cups sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Juice from half a lemon
- Zest from 1 lime
For the glaze:
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the cake:
- Preheat oven 350ºC.
- Butter or spray two 9×4 loaf pans (see note above). Line the bottom with parchment or aluminum paper.
- In a large bowl beat butter and sour cream until smooth, about 1 minute. Add lime zest and mix.
- Add sugar gradually and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes more.
- Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating well each one before adding the next. Add vanilla and juice.
- Sift flour with baking soda and salt and add it to the butter mixture at low speed, in 2 additions, beating only until well mixed. Don’t overbeat.
- Pour into the pans and bake for 45 minutes, or until golden and cracked on top and a tester comes out clean.
- Let cool for 10 minutes, and then unmold. Let cool completely before glazing.
For the glaze:
- Mix powdered sugar and juice until smooth. Pour slowly along the center of the cake letting it slide to the sides.
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