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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Almond Sour Cream Pound Cake


Every year I give a few special friends a Christmas pound cake.  I make the cake in my favorite Christmas tree Bundt pan and ice the peaks to look like snow.  I've been making a Vanilla Butter Cake for several years, so I decided to branch out with a new cake this year.  I decided on this cake from Paula Deen.  I love almond, and I've never had a bad Paula Deen dessert.  It had to be a winner.  

This recipe made enough for a Christmas tree cake and a loaf pan.  Chicken Legs sampled the pound cake loaf and gave it two thumbs up.  I used the glace icing that I use on sugar cookies to ice the peaks.  My favorite part about giving this cake to friends is the presentation.  I buy monogramed boxes from BakingBoxes.com and tie a big beautiful bow around it.  The pictures below don't do the box justice.  It looks so much better in person!  




Almond Sour Cream Pound Cake
Paula Deen
(Printable Recipe)

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, plus more for pan
3 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 eggs
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour a tube pan and set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream butter and sugar together and then add sour cream. Sift flour and baking soda together. Add to creamed mixture, alternately with eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add extracts and stir to combine. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Cool cake in pan for about 10 minutes and then unmold and cool completely on a wire rack. Frost cake when completely cooled.


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10 comments:

  1. haha, glad you don't give em a fruit cake....

    That looks good and being a Paula recipe probably means that it's really good.

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  2. What a beatiful cake! Love the sprinkles. A nice presentation on the gold doily. What size box is that? I looked on the Bakingbox web site, but they didn't look large enough for a Bundt cake.

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  3. LinC - believe it or not the Large Cake\Pie - 9 3/4" x 9 3/4" x 5" - is the perfect size!

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  4. I love me some pound cake...yummy! What a great gift idea for friends. *making my list & off to the store* Thanks for sharing! =)

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  5. Beautiful cake Stephanie. Love that mountain mold. I've never made a pound cake, it's on my list.

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  6. Lea Ann - I can't believe that you've never baked a pound cake! They are SO easy! Just throw everything in the KitchenAid and it is done.

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  7. Paula Deen... i want her for Christmas.. lol She can make all of her recipes for me everyday of the week and i wouldn't complain once.
    I love your pan and the decor!

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  8. Aww! This cake looks awesome and I love the personalized cake boxes! Definitely a great touch!

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  9. Looks wonderful and sounds terrific. Need my address? :)
    ~ingrid

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  10. The cake makes a spectacular presentation and the box is just a fabulous idea!

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