The Easter Collection
How you doin’? I hope things are getting better where you live, and that your family is staying healthy. There are a million stories that will come out of this pandemic; they will be a part of our history. Like our lives, every recipe has a history (some conflicting) and most have an interesting story to tell.
Have you ever wondered why a pound cake is called a pound cake? The origins of pound cake are rooted in Northern Europe and go back to the early part of 18th century. This simple 4-ingredient cake weighed 4 pounds. The ingredients in the cake were measured in one-pound increments—a pound each of butter, flour, sugar and eggs. Today, we expect smaller and lighter cakes than the original and although the recipe has changed for the better over the years, the name remains as pound cake.
Due to the long whipping time of the butter and sugar, the recipe below is a much lighter version of a pound cake with lots of fresh lemon flavor in both the cake and the glaze. It’s completely fantastic when fresh, but even after it sits a few days, you can toast a slice and serve it with a little melted butter, chocolate or caramel syrup… sooo good!
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 60 to 75 minutes (use a cake tester)
Yield: 12 servings
For the cake
2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
For the glaze
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoon water, if needed
To make the cake
ChefSecret: Highly designed Bundt pans are often problematic and baked cakes can easily stick to the sides. You can use a non-stick Bundt or an angel food pan or even something as simple as loaf pan.
Covid-19 Quip of the Day: “Let me start by saying, I think everyone ought to wear a mask when out in public; I do! But then just think, if a pair of undies won’t stop a fart do you honestly think a mask will stop a virus?”
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