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52 Weeks of Baking: Orange Blossom Pound Cake

As I was leaving work yesterday, it dawned on me that I had not baked anything this week. Panicking, I said to PartySugar, "Gah, I don't have a lot of time, what should I make?" Surprisingly, she handed me a printout for a Sour Cream Pound Cake and said, "Bake this, I printed out two copies on accident." I checked out the recipe, decided that it sounded simple and tasty and thought, sure why not?! The only ingredient that wasn't in my pantry was sour cream, so I popped by the cornerstore and a little while later I was noshing on pound cake cupcakes (the easy to whip up - no mixer necessary - recipe has enough batter for a full loaf and a few cupcakes extra). To make this lovely cake tonight (honest, it's simple, just give yourself a little time - it needs to stay in the oven for over an hour),

Orange Blossom Sour Cream Pound Cake
Adapted from Sour Cream Pound Cake at The Wandering Eater

This recipe whips up a lot of extra batter. I had enough for the loaf as well as 10 cupcakes. Also, the orange blossom flavor was very subtle and only noticeable in the crust - an additional bit of orange extract or fresh orange peel would have been good. An orange blossom flavored whip cream as accompaniment would have been nice too.

2 sticks of butter
3 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs
powdered sugar (optional)
ground ginger (optional)
ground cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp orange blossom water (Note: ingredient picture shows vanilla and a lemon, but I changed my mind and switched to orange blossom water. It's a little difficult to find, but check the ethnic aisle or specialty stores.)

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Grease and flour a 8x4 inch loaf pan.
  3. Sift the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flours together. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl (or mixer), cream the butter and sugar together.My butter was frozen, so I grated it first in order for it to cream quickly.My butter was frozen, so I grated it first in order for it to cream quickly.
  5. Add the sour cream and mix until incorporated.
  6. Next add 1 egg, mix thoroughly, then add a portion of the flour mixture, mix until blended. Continue to alternate between eggs and flour, mixing thoroughly each time.
  7. Add orange blossom water (or 2 tsp of of other flavoring).
  8. Pour the mixture into prepared pan. Smooth with spatula.
  9. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the toothpick comes clean when inserted. The crust will be golden brown and the middle should be firm (shake the pan, if it wiggles, it's not ready).
  10. Remove from oven, cool in pan for 15 minutes, invert on to plate. Dust with sifted powdered sugar.

Note: There is a lot of leftover batter. Either make another smaller loaf (if you have the proper pan) or make pound cupcakes. Cupcakes will take about 15-20 minutes at 325F. Only fill them half way, else grease/flour the top of the pans, there will be "stickage" if you don't!)

Note2: For the cupcakes, I added a few "pinches" of cinnamon and ground ginger to the leftover batter. The pound cake was nice without it, but it added a little more depth to the mini guys.
















Madinat Madinat 10 years
my comment deleted? all i said was that this was plenty batter for TWO cakes, which is what i made!
beleza beleza 10 years
that looks so delicious. I love pound cake! :D
memorie memorie 10 years
That looks and sounds so good! I'm saving this recipe :)
pmoore pmoore 10 years
I was thinking that this much batter was actually meant for a festive Bundt pan. ???? The cupcake alternative is a great idea though!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
This look fantastic! The name just sounds so wonderful, tasty, and soothing. Im glad the recipe worked out and everyone enjoyed its moistness. Thank goodness for sour cream! Also, awesome tip on grating/shaving the butter!
Hautie Hautie 10 years
My Pound cake recipe has only 5 ingredients and I always bake it in my favorite vintage bunt pan. It is always the best thing to make when I have to take something for a office luncheon. It always turns out gorgeous.. and they are really simple to make. Even if it has to bake for an hour at 325.
dcmurray1970 dcmurray1970 10 years
pound cake is my favorite. i usually buy one from Braums when i need one fast. next time i have time to bake i will use this recipe. thank you yumsugar.
Food Food 10 years
amyinthesky - whenever i buy butter, i put one stick in the butterdish and the other three into the freezer. if i know i'm baking, i'll take the butter out of the freezer and let it come to room temperature (if i plan way in advance, i'll take it out of the freezer and put it into the fridge the day or 2 before). if i hadn't planned on baking, then i'll grate it like i did above.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
how delicious!!!!! a bakery in my town has key lime pound cake. i have yet to try it but it sounds so good!
HellooQueen HellooQueen 10 years
sounds yummy!!!!
amyinthesky amyinthesky 10 years
Oh yes, and thanks for the recipe!
amyinthesky amyinthesky 10 years
Whoa! I would have thought of grating butter. Do you normally keep your butter frozen? I also have never thought of freezing butter.
kikidawn kikidawn 10 years
ok call me weird, but that shaved frozen butter actually looks pretty :)
JoannaBanana JoannaBanana 10 years
My husband would thank you, for sure. Poundcake is his favorite. Good tip about shaving frozen butter too!
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
I forgot to bring breakfast, so eating this moist, delicious slice of heaven with coffee just about floored me. Mmmmm, mmm, good!
girlboy girlboy 10 years
sara lee
llendril llendril 10 years
looks great! i just learned the other day that pound cake is called that because it traditionally contains a pound of butter. no wonder it's so good!
xmeghanx xmeghanx 10 years
That looks soo good!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
sounds yummy, thanks! I was waiting for your baking, I love them!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Paired with my daily morning cappuccino this was a most heavenly breakfast! I'm so glad Yum decided to make it!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I love poundcake! I prefer basic shortbreads and poundcakes to fancier, frosted stuff.
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