Em's Best Southern Pound Cake

Emily White

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@Emilia

This recipe came from "Sharon's Mom", who sent her 1st grade child to school with a piece of pound cake for the teacher. That was in 1964, and this has been my stand-by recipe ever since. I retired in 2007, after 27 years in the classroom and 11 additional years as a principal.
**I hope that after all these many years, Sharon's mom, in Greenville, S.C., will not object to my calling the recipe, "Em's best...".


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Prep:

25 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 30 Min

Ingredients

1 lb.
butter
3 cups
sugar
1 Tbsp
vanilla extract
4 cups
cake flour (do not use self-rising)
pinch
salt
10
extra large eggs

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2
lemons-for glaze
2 cups
powered sugar, sifted
thoroughly - squeeze lemons, mix with powdered sugar, drizzle over hot cake, still in the tube pan

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cut butter into small pieces and cream with the sugar. Add the ten eggs, beaten slightly, a little at a time. Add the vanilla extract. (Substitute vanilla with almond, if you like.)
2
Add the salt to the flour. using a sturdy mixer, add the cake flour to the wet mixture. Prepare your separating tube pan with Crisco/flour or baking spray which is cleaner. (Be liberal in preparing the pan.)Lump the thick batter evenly into the pan.
3
Use real butter; use pure vanilla extract. I keep these ingredients on hand all the time. These are key to the flavor of the cake!
4
Place the pan in the center of the oven. Cook at 325 F. for approx. 1 1/2 hours. Do not overcook, or the cake will be dry.
5
**After drizzling the glaze on the hot cake, use a thin metal spatula and separate the cake gently around the circumference, allowing the glaze the flow down the outside of the cake. Let it sit a few minutes. **Don't stick holes into the cake for the glaze; the cake won't look 'pretty' when you slice it.
6
To remove the tube with the heavy cake, I use a large wooden spoon through the tube. Carefully loosen the bottom of the cake and turn the cake over on your hand. Avoid up-ending the cake on a plate, as the top need to look "pretty" as well. Have a plate or Tupperware cake box ready for the bottom of the cake to rest on.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes