Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pound Cake with Orange Glaze

Hello everyone, today's recipe is a quick and easy cake with an easier glaze.  When the days get longer and the sun is shining the last thing you want to be is stuck in the kitchen.  This recipe can be done early in the morning so you have the rest of day for whatever you like.  At any rate let's get started on this recipe.

Ingredients for the pound cake:

3 cups of flour
3 cups of sugar
2 sticks of butter softened
6 eggs
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract (optional)

Ingredients for orange glaze:

1 cup of powdered sugar
1 half of an orange juiced and zested
1/2 cup of heavy cream or milk

Instructions for the cake:

We are going to start with the cake, in a stand mixer or with a bowl and a spoon, cream together the sugar and butter.  Next add in the eggs, I recommend you add them in one at a time.  Just as one egg is all mixed in add another egg and so on until all 6 eggs are in the batter.  Next add the extracts and get those incorporated. Now add in the heavy cream and mix it up in the batter.  The last thing you add is the flour and you do that in spoonfuls.  So add a spoonful of flour and let it get incorporated and then add another spoonful and so on until all the flour is used.  Do not be alarmed if the dough gets thicker than your normal cake batter.  This is dense cake so you didnt do anything wrong if its stiffer than you think it should be.  Grease and flour a cake pan, all that means is spray it liberally with non stick cooking spray and add a handful of flour to the pan.  Shake it around until all the edges of the pan are coated with flour. Then shake off the excess flour, it should be lightly coated with flour when you are done.  Now add the pound cake into a 350 degree preheated oven for an hour and 15 minutes.  Its done when you can stick a knife or a toothpick down the center and it comes out clean.  Do not be surprised if the top of the cake is hard like the crust on homemade bread.  The middle will be soft and delightful. 

Instructions for the Glaze:

In a medium sized mixing bowl add in sugar, juice and zest and the heavy cream or milk.  With an electric hand mixer or a whisk mix ingredients together until all ingredients are incorporated.  Add more or less milk or cream for your desired consistency.  When the cake cools completely just drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake and serve.  

I hope you all get a chance to try this recipe your family will love it and I think you will too.  If you do not want to put the glaze on the cake you dont have to a little powdered sugar over the top with some fresh fruit would be great too.  Until next time everyone live,laugh and love.    Heather

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