Pound Cake

Pound Cake

Pound Cake is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 70 minutes
Servings: 10 Serves 8 to 10.
A slice of pound cake is buttery, rich and delicious all by itself, but it takes well to additions, too. Vary this cake's flavor by omitting the almond extract and stirring in 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest, 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice and 1 Tbs. poppy seeds, or 2 Tbs. minced crystallized ginger. If you like almond, add the optional almond extract and sprinkle sliced almonds on top before baking. You can also top the slices with fresh fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter,
      at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 tsp. almond extract (optional)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1⁄2 cup sour cream, at room temperature

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 325°F. Lightly grease an 8 1⁄2-by-4 1⁄2-inch loaf pan, preferably glass, and dust with flour.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt until blended. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla and almond extract on medium to medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until just blended. Sprinkle half of the flour mixture over the egg mixture and stir until both are just incorporated. Stir in the sour cream, then sprinkle with the remaining flour mixture and stir until evenly distributed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and tap gently on the counter to even out and settle the ingredients. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes, or longer if using a metal pan. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes.

Run a thin knife around the inside of the pan, invert the cake onto the rack and lift off the pan. Place the cake on one of its sides and continue cooling. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Serves 8 to 10.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Dessert, by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Simon & Schuster, 2002).
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! This pound cake is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. I actually used it as a birthday cake, I turned it into a Spiderman cake and it worked perfectly. It worked just fine with the spiderman cake pan and the finished product was delicious!
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our staple Great recipe that works with any flavors (almond, orange, lemon...). Easy to make on the mixer and is always delicious. It's a no fail, almost like all WS recipes.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Pound Cake I made this pound cake twice and everyone loves it. My families new favorite dessert!!
Date published: 2012-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really great recipe super easy to make. i wanted a summery flavor so i modified with 2 tbs tangerine juice, 1 tsp tangerine zest and used a mix of white sugar and vanilla sugar. kitchen smelled like orange blossoms. yummy!
Date published: 2012-03-16
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