For such a die-hard chocolate fan, it’s a little strange to me that my first post (… ever!) is for a recipe that is so not chocolate. It is, however, a perfect example of eggs, sugar, flour, and butter coming together for a pretty fantastic dessert. Oh. And about that butter — be ready for some really thick, thick richness. Cut small slices. This is a pound cake after all.
It comes from Food Network’s very own butter queen, Paula Deen.
Ever-so-slightly adapted from
Paula Deen’s – Mama’s Pound Cake
3 sticks (3/4 pound) unsalted butter*, plus more for pan
3 cups sugar
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
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Smear softened butter all over your baking pan (I used my trusty Bundt), then coat with flour. Your pan is prepped!
In a mixer, cream the butter. Add sugar, a little at a time. Add eggs, one 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 Bundt (or 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 inferno (i.e. apartment oven) only needed approximately 1 hour to have its way with this cake. You may need to check on your own cake accordingly. Begin checking on it around 45 minutes into the baking process. If the top is looking a little too brown for you, lay some foil across the top of the pan — this will keep it from getting too toasty.
*Ms. Deen calls for 2 sticks of butter and 1 stick of shortening … but all butter (ohhh baby) worked just fine.
a little chocolate couldn’t hurt, right?