Recipe courtesy of Emma Cromedy

Ole Fashioned Pound Cake

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This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. Pound cake dates back to the early 1700s. It is a staple in the African American community for church anniversaries and funeral repast. It is served by itself or with a glaze or icing. I like mine a few days old and grilled. Sometimes I eat it by itself or with fresh fruits and whipped cream.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 16 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

Special equipment:
a 9-inch Bundt pan
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl, then set aside. Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer on low speed until it looks pale yellow, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Scrape down the sides after adding each egg. Mix in the vanilla and lemon extracts. Add a third of the flour mixture. Mix well and scrape down the sides. Add half of the sour cream. Mix well and scrape down the sides. Add another third of the flour mixture. Mix well and scrape down the sides. Add the remaining sour cream. Mix well and scrape down the sides. Add the remaining flour. Mix well and scrape down the sides. Use your spatula to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl to be sure everything is incorporated well.  
  3. Spray a 9-inch Bundt pan well. Pour the batter into the Bundt pan and smooth the top. Bake until golden brown on top, 1 hour 15 minutes. Use a cake tester to check to see if the cake is done; if the tester comes out clean, it's done. If not ready, bake in increments of 5 minutes. Let the cake cool in the Bundt pan for 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack and remove the pan to cool completely. 
  4. Grilled pound cake is best with cake that is 3 to 5 days old. Preheat a griddle with lines. Cut slices about 1/2 inch thick. Grill each side for 2 to 3 minutes. (If cooking on an outdoor grill, grill just until grill marks appear, 30 seconds to 1 minute per side.) Serve immediately with fresh berries or a fruit compote.  

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