3.26.2013

time for a recipe: grandma's sour cream-almond pound cake

if you're trying to stick to your diet, i suggest you move right along past this post.  this is a diet-buster for sure.  if you like buttery-almond goodness, that is!

happy was the day when mom or grandma would make this cake.  my brother and i had a peculiar way of enjoying it....squished up into little pound cake balls.  a pre-cursor to cake pops! and when mom let me lick the beaters (always), i was in batter heaven.  ohhhhhh, the batter.  i consider myself somewhat of a batter and dough connoisseur and this one is tops.  :)

what makes this recipe different than your average DRY pound cake is the sour cream that adds the desperately needed moisture and the beaten egg whites that add a bit of fluff to the cake.  but the star of the show is the almond extract.  you really must like almond to appreciate this recipe.  theoretically, you could swap out vanilla for the almond but it just wouldn't be as special in my opinion.

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something you'll want to note.  my personal preference is to slightly underbake the cake.  but i like most everything underbaked.  i like it doughy and very moist.  the picture below is when it was hot from the oven and you can tell in the top photo that it dropped quite a bit as it cooled.  that's because i underbaked it by ten minutes.  perfect for us but you may prefer a fully-baked cake and it's still good that way, too.
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Let me know if you end up making it and what you think!  Ours lasted less than 48 hours. :)
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12 comments:

  1. Hi friend. Just looking at this makes me drool. Not much that I love more than pound cake. Wish we could cozy in and have a slice or two with coffee this morning. Wouldn't that be fun!!

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  2. I found your blog through IG...this looks amazing! My grandmother makes the best pound cakes and I've been wanting to try one. Perhapsy I'll try this recipe!

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  3. Oh My heavens! This looks really sinful...seriously torture! ; D Thanks for sharing and BTW give my gal Dee a monster hug from me when you see her!

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  4. Girrrrrrl...
    Making the cake this week just went to the top of my "to do" list.
    :)

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  5. YUM. will be making this today. thanks!

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  6. YUM! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. gosh dang! this looks UNREAL. i want it. NOW.
    i haven't had sugar since february 11.
    i think that may have something to do with it.
    :)

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  8. I just may have to make & take this to Easter dinner tomorrow. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed Easter weekend!
    xo

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  9. i made this for Easter Sunday, and it was a huge hit! thank you for sharing a family recipe - they are so much more special than just an internet search:)

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  10. made this for my birthday dessert and it was EPIC - added raspberries from last year's garden on top. SO GOOD!
    Thank you for sharing this, it is now in our arsenal of go-to desserts. (even my littles ones declared it as BEST DESSERT EVER!)

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  11. We made this for my birthday cake, added raspberries on top from last years garden - EPIC.
    even my littles declared it as BEST DESSERT EVER! thank you so much for sharing. xo

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  12. I made this for a bake sale last weekend. It was such a hit. Everyone who had a piece went back for seconds ... I added a good deal more almond extract because it didn't seem "almondy" enough to my taste with just one teaspoon.

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