Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mama's Pound Cake


Tonight I mixed up a pound cake. And this wonderful recipe is compliments of Paula Deen.

Do you remember watching your Mom mix up a cake and anxiously awaiting the bowl......so you could lick it and the spoons clean?  My youngest was doing just that while I mixed this up....she gladly accepted it and this batter certainly met her approval.

I love how simple & basic the recipe is and it taste wonderful.  Paula would cringe but I did not use butter, I had to use margarine.  I love butter, especially when baking, but the budget did not allow real butter this week, and this still tastes great with margarine!!! :) I'm sure not as good though......



Mama's Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
With a mixer, cream butter and shortening together. Add sugar, a little at a time. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to mixer alternately with milk, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Mix in vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
(My Notes:  I used vegetable oil instead of shortening to insure a moist cake, it took 1 hour and 15 minutes to bake)


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