In October of last year, The New York Times published an article entitled “The Secret to Poundcake That Really Pops” by Sam Sifton.
What was this amazing poundcake?
That staple of church cookbooks, Junior League cookbooks, symphony league cookbooks – which is where Sam Sifton claims to have gotten his inspiration
Since everyone is sitting on lbs and lbs of flour these days, this is an easy one to make
The ingredients are usually available at any store
Provided they have flour
This is self comfort and self care at its finest
All that Vitamin C boost to our immunity
(Not an-FDA-approved- statement)
I made the version below during this time of quarantine because it’s an amazing dessert, easier than pie to make, and toasts up beautifully with butter for breakfast the next day
Dad, what’s for dessert?
Well, this cake, dear ones
We use Sprite instead of 7UP because we’re Co-cola people
Lemon Lime Pound Cake:
1 -2 tbsp. butter to grease the bundt pan – at room temperature
1 tbsp. flour to sprinkle in the bundt pan
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter – at room temperature
3 cups of sugar – yes – it’s a lot – but it works
Zest of a lime
Zest of a lemon
Juice of a lime
Juice of a lemon
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup Sprite or 7-Up (we use Sprite)
2 c. powdered sugar
2 tbsp. Sprite or 7 up
Juice of a lime
Grease and double grease and grease some more a bundt pan with that tbsp or so of butter. Sprinkle with the tbsp. of flour and set aside
Heat oven to 325 degrees
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 5 mins or so) (or a large bowl using a hand held mixer)
Add eggs one at a time and beat well
Add zests, juices and vanilla and beat until incorporated
Alternating, add flour and Sprite or 7-UP. I add half a cup of flour at a time and a tsp or so of Sprite. I don’t measure. I finish with the Sprite, though.
You’ll have to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl a few times to make sure everything is fully incorporated
Pour into bundt pan and bake for 60-70 minutes.
Share the remnants of the batter in the mixing bowl and on the paddle with your significant other, your children, or, better yet, devour it yourself standing over the kitchen sink before you clean up the baking mess you’ve made
The cake is finished when toothpick or knife comes out clean and top is beginning to darken. Let rest in pan for 20 mins. Then invert onto a rack
Let cool completely before glazing
To glaze, mix powdered sugar with juice and Sprite. Drizzle all over the cake with a spoon. I do it in the sink with the cake on a rack. The glaze will harden and lots of the glaze will run off into the drain….that’s o.k.
People love this cake
They’ve even been known to use that most hated of “m” words to describe it
We’ve all been through enough, so I won’t use that word here