would serve a piece of cake
to you, then immediately rip it out of your hand so she could
examine the texture...always a big concern of hers. Now, my children
complain they can't enjoy anything I make without my barraging them
with questions about it...like mother,
like daughter, I guess!
I have a cute little story to share with you: When we were young, we had a neighborhood grocery store. My mother
sent my sister (she was probably about seven or eight years old) to the store to get a pound cake.
She was gone quite a while; and when we checked on her, she was weighing every cake
in the store to find one that weighed exactly one pound! We submitted this story to the local newspaper's magazine section, and it was printed along with a cartoon drawing of her weighing the cakes
...which we felt looked just like her, ponytail and all!
I adapted this pound cake
from a recipe I found in the
newspaper many years ago, and it has quite a history. The Reverend Beverly Asbury named his cake
The Bishop Asbury Pound Cake.
There was a Bishop Francis Asbury; however, Reverend Beverly Asbury was
unaware of any family connection. This is as close as I've seen to a
true pound cake,
which would actually have one pound each of the main ingredients. It's tender and buttery
and definitely the tallest and richest pound cake
I've made...so, if you want to wow everyone with your pound cake,
this would be it!
That's One Tall Cake!
Approximately 12 large servings
Oh, What a Pretty Texture!
Mother Would Be Proud!
- Non-stick baking spray
- 1 lb. butter with salt (4 sticks - or - 2 cups), room temperature
- 4 c. sugar
- 2 c. eggs (about 10 large or 8 extra large), room temperature
- 2 TB fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/8th tsp. ground mace spice
- 4 c. all-purpose plain flour, sifted (In the South, we use White Lily--it is ideal for creating light and fluffy baked goods, as it is milled from only 100% pure, soft, red winter wheat.)
- Grease and flour a 10" tube pan (not a Bundt pan...the batter will overflow) with the non-stick baking spray. If you use a tube pan with a removable insert, please see my Very Happy Birthday Pound Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting with photos on how to line the pan with wax paper.
- Lay a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack below the one you will bake the cake on, just in case your pan leaks a little grease and/or cake batter.
- Preheat the oven to 325º.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl.
- Using a medium mixer speed, add the eggs one at a time just until the yellow disappears...be careful not to over mix! Scrape the bowl again.
- Add the lemon juice and vanilla.
- Whisk the mace into the flour and incorporate about 1 c. of the dry ingredients at a time to the batter.
- Scrape the bowl one last time and give the batter a little extra mix.
- Pour the batter into the pan* and bake for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted and the cake springs back when gently pressed with your finger.
- Cool overnight. (For a moist cake, Mother instructed me to cover it with a clean dish towel and let "sweat" while cooling.)
- Gently run a very thin-bladed knife around the edges and tube of the pan, then invert the cake onto a serving dish. Carefully remove the tube and wax paper, if used.
taught me to achieve a pretty texture in a cake,
run a knife in opposite directions through the
batter; but since the pan I use for this cake
has a removable tube, I don't run it all the
way to the bottom of the pan. Also, when I use my pan with a removable tube, I skip the next step which would be to drop your filled cake
pan(s) on the counter a few times to release air bubbles. When I do drop any cake
pan(s) with batter on the counter, I always land up with batter on my ceiling, or unpredictable places, but I surely do have a cake
with a pretty texture!
are best when you let them rest a day or two, and they freeze great (which makes them even more moist)! I like to serve this wonderful pound cake
as shortcake with a premium vanilla ice
cream and/or whipped cream with crushed strawberries or fresh, sliced peaches. See my Black Forest Cherry Trifle
for preparing the whipped cream. For the strawberries, I just wash, remove the stems, slice, crush and serve with no added sugar! Also, don't hesitate to enjoy this cake
plain or toasted with a good cup of coffee.
Having a good pound cake
around is a Southern must...it's so versatile and perfect for drop-in guests!
Come On In...
Have a Piece of Cake!
And Enjoy Mother's Day!