Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vanilla Bean Pound Cake

Whether it's vanilla cake or vanilla pound cake, its flavor is simple.
It can be put with ice cream, sauces, etc and it seems to stand in the back.
But, what if it were to stand alone, you know, have a solo performance?
A stage where the only thing to look forward to is a vanilla cake.

I, myself, have been on a vanilla cake/cupcake recipe hunt.
Every recipe I tested led me to a dead end.
Ending up with a soft and fluffy cake straight out of the oven.
Turning into a dense mass over time. Does this happen to you?
This pound cake was almost "The One".
But not close enough.
I need a recipe like those cupcake shops.
Staying soft and light even after days.
How do they do it?!
I guess, we will never know. ha.

Vanilla Pound Cake
Recipe by Paula Deen
Nonstick baking spray with flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
6 large eggs, separated
3 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Black Cherry Sauce, recipe follows

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 12 to 15-cup fluted pan with nonstick baking spray with flour.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the scraped vanilla bean seeds, beating until combined. Add the egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture, alternately with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat the egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Gently fold into the butter mixture. Spoon into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the almonds evenly over the top of the cake. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan, and cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with Black Cherry Sauce, if desired.

Black Cherry Sauce:
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 cup black cherry juice
1 (12-ounce) package frozen dark sweet cherries
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and lime zest. Stir in the black cherry juice, whisking until smooth. Add the cherries. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 1 minute.. Remove from the heat and let cool.

-Aaron John


  1. One beautiful cake AJ! I really like the almond topping. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

  2. Hi Aaron, I really like your baking and all looks gooood! Thanks for keeping it up! :)

  3. AAaron, this is a beautiful cake. This is my first visit to your blog, but I will be back often. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. Michael: Thanks!! :)

    Miyu: Thank you so much!! I do my best :D

    Mary: Welcome!! :) Thanks for the compliment. Love having new people visit my blog!


Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! :)

-Aaron John


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