The Simple Pleasure of Pound Cake
What's not to love about pound cake? No fancy ingredients needed here. Chances are you already have what you need in your pantry. Butter, eggs, eggs and more eggs, buttermilk or sour cream or cream cheese or milk, flour and flavorings. Maybe some fruit, fresh or dried. Or not. A well crafted pound cake is truly one of life's simple pleasures. Serve it plain. Or with fruit and whipped cream. It's up to you.
The past couple of years, pound cake was the base of a lovely cranberry orange trifle that I served for Christmas dessert. The recipe for the trifle can be found on one of my favorite blogs, Between Naps on the Porch. I opted to make my own pound cake for the trifle. The recipe that I used? Velvet pound cake on King Arthur Flour's web site. This cake is moist and rich from butter, cream cheese and 5 eggs. Vanilla and almond extracts combine in perfect harmony to make this pound cake intensely flavorful. Velvet pound cake is the quintessential dessert when you are craving a piece of cake with a cup of tea or coffee.
In the summer, when fresh peaches are abundant in the local farmer's markets, Fresh Peach Pound Cake is an outstanding choice. This pound cake combines peaches and nutmeg, a match made in heaven in my book. Butter, 6 eggs and sour cream together with diced peaches come together in a moist cake with a smooth crumb. This cake will not last long when you serve it at a barbeque or Fourth of July party.
What about fall flavors in a pound cake. To be honest, I didn't really put fall flavors together with pound cake in my mind. Then, I saw the recipe for the Molasses Pound Cakepictured above in the 2016 Holiday edition of Sift magazine. Molasses, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and mace combine for a not-too-sweet spice cake that is luxurious and delicious. Stir in raisins and diced candies orange peel to elevate this cake to holiday dessert status in a hurry. This baked delight is definitely going to be featured prominently in my fall and holiday baking this year.
Do you have any favorite recipes for pound cake? Let me know! I would love to try them out. Happy baking!