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May 26, 2007

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

My uncle, my dad, and my grandmother had a joint birthday party in Vancouver this week.

I made their birthday cake. Recipe follows.

Nana Belle's Pound Cake

Have all ingredients at room temperature:

2 cups sifted cake flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
5 eggs
1/2 tsp salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350.

2. Butter and flour the cake pan.

3. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl.

4. The bowl of a large mixer, cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Keep the speed low on the mixer.

5. With the mixer running, add an egg. Beat until incorporated, add about 1/5 of the flour. Alternate eggs and flour until both are done.

6. Spoon mixture into prepared pan.

7. Bake at 350 until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean, approximately 45 minutes-1 hour for a loaf pan, a bit less for a round cake. Start checking after 30 minutes to get a sense of how the cake is progressing.

8. Cool on a wire rack.

9. Serve with strawberries and whipped cream.


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Hey, a fellow Vancouverite! BC, I hope.

I'm putting my hand over my eyes because my diet won't allow such goodies right now.

Nice cakework, LB. Nice camerawork, too.

hey - I had a fellow grad student over for dinner tonight and made your pound cake. it was extremely good - I used a loaf pan, which ended up being a bit thick in the middle and thus underdone in the center (or, could have been overdone outside). but I have a 7'' round pan I'll use next time which should solve the problem. anyways, best pound cake recipe I've ever tried, thanks.

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