LUCY BURDETTE: I had the delightful assignment of making a birthday cake for an 80th birthday party a couple of weeks ago. When I asked what flavor the birthday boy would like, here's what he said: fruity, juicy, chocolate-y, any or all!
That leaves the door wide open, right? I wanted something that would leave leftovers and provide a foil for the last of our stunning fall peaches. But special enough for a wonderful man. Company pound cake came to mind...
You can find a recipe for a pound cake in just about any general or dessert cookbook. They all have lots of butter, eggs, and sugar in common. But a few things make this one different.
I borrowed the sour cream idea from Southern Living, and then added my favorite flavoring combination--vanilla and almond. The eggs I used were extra-large and that made for a very fluffy cake. Be sure to butter the bunt pan liberally. And consider using the sprinkled sugar technique that Krista (?) introduced a couple of months ago. I didn't remember until too late and so the cake came out a little patchy. In the good news department, that allowed me some little pieces to sample:).
• 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
• 3 cups sugar
• 6 large eggs
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
• 6-8 ripe peaches, peeled, sliced and mixed with a teaspoon or so of sugar
Prepare the peaches and let them sit at room temperature while you make the cake. Beat the butter until soft, either with a hand or stand mixer. Slowly add the sugar, continuing to beat until light and fluffy.
Beat the extracts and the eggs in, one by one, mixing after each until yolks disappear.
Sift the dry ingredients together, and then add this mixture to the batter, alternating with sour cream. Begin and end with the dry.
Pour into a greased and floured 12-cup tube pan.
|I know, it's kind of ugly:)|
Bake at 325 for about an hour and ten minutes. Check the doneness with a wooden skewer. Cool on a wire rack for ten minutes, then turn the cake out onto a plate.
|but who cares once the peaches are loaded on!|
|The birthday boy still has what it takes--we love you Joe!|
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