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FAMOUS POUND CAKE

FAMOUS POUND CAKE

A Slice of Heaven: Famous Pound Cake

Calling all cake lovers! This recipe is for a truly "Famous" Pound Cake, a dessert as legendary as its name. It boasts a dense yet melt-in-your-mouth texture, a rich buttery flavor, and a simple glaze that elevates it to new heights.

This pound cake is surprisingly easy to make, using a cake mix as a base and then amping it up with additional ingredients for an even tastier and impressive result. Perfect for afternoon tea parties, potlucks, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth, this cake is sure to become a favorite.

Ingredients:

  • The Cake Mix Shortcut:
    • 1 box Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Cake Mix - This provides a convenient base for the cake batter.

Upgrading the Cake Mix: * 1 cup cake flour - Cake flour has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour, resulting in a more tender and delicate crumb. * 1 cup sugar - Adds sweetness and helps create a moist and flavorful cake.

  • The Rich and Flavorful Additions:

    • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature - Sour cream adds richness, moisture, and a slight tang that complements the sweetness of the cake. Be sure to use room temperature sour cream for even mixing.
    • 1 stick butter, room temperature - Creaming softened butter with the sugar creates air pockets in the batter, leading to a lighter and fluffier cake.
    • 5 Eggs, room temperature - Eggs provide structure, richness, and leavening to the cake. Using room temperature eggs ensures even mixing.
  • The Liquid Symphony:

    • ¼ cup oil - Oil adds moisture to the cake and helps prevent it from drying out.
    • ¼ cup water - Water helps activate the dry ingredients and creates a smooth batter.
  • The Flavor Boosters:

    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - Pure vanilla extract adds a depth of flavor that complements the other ingredients beautifully.
    • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring (optional) - A touch of butter flavoring enhances the rich buttery taste of the cake.
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional) - Almond extract adds a subtle nutty note that takes the cake to the next level.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat for Perfection: Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). This ensures even baking and a perfectly golden brown cake.

  2. Preparing the Pan: Generously grease a tube bundt pan with Baker's Joy or another non-stick baking spray. This helps the cake release easily after baking.

  3. Creating the Batter: In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, cake flour, sugar, sour cream, softened butter, eggs, oil, water, vanilla extract, butter flavoring (if using), and almond extract (if using). Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the ingredients until just smooth. Be careful not to overmix, as this can lead to a tough cake.

  4. Baking to Golden Bliss: Pour the batter evenly into the greased bundt pan. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 55-65 minutes. A toothpick or fork inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean when the cake is done.

  5. Cooling and Unmolding: Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Then, carefully invert the pan onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Making the Simple Glaze (Optional): While the cake cools, whisk together powdered sugar (not included in the ingredients list) and lemon juice (not included in the ingredients list) until you reach a desired consistency. The glaze should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but still pourable.

  7. Adding the Finishing Touch (Optional): Once the cake is cool, drizzle the glaze over the top, allowing it to seep down the sides. The glaze adds a touch of sweetness and a beautiful sheen to the cake.

  8. Slice and Savor! Slice the cake and serve it warm or at room temperature. Enjoy this famous pound cake with a cup of coffee or tea for a delightful treat!

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