I was this close to not posting about my first experience making my grandmother’s pound cake recipe without my mom’s watchful eyes in the kitchen, but I decided that, really, I have nothing to lose. Most of you are blood relatives, so even if you think less of me for not being able to get the cake out of the pan, you can’t really do anything about it.
Yeah…I couldn’t get the cake out of the pan. Up until that point, things were going swimmingly—for me, making this cake was such a tangible way of remembering and honoring Mema. So that part was good. I even got to use my new hand mixer that Mary and Chuck (kinda) gave me for my birthday. Sidenote: gah, you know you’re old and lame when you want things like mixers for your birthday.
Who knew a mixer could look so imposing?
But I won’t focus on the pan snafu anymore, I promise. This really is the best pound cake I’ve ever had…impossibly moist, not cloyingly sweet—just as perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee as it is for dessert topped with strawberries and whipped cream (or, if you’re Aunt Martha, chocolate-pecan icing). And Mema always had one on the cake stand in the kitchen, ready for the hungry horde. This pound cake is as much as part of my grandmother as her red lipstick and that one short-sleeved blouse with the beach-scene print on it. (I’m smiling thinking about that shirt.)
Before I get all teary, here’s the recipe. Just make sure to spray the pan really, really well. Trust me.
Mema’s pound cake
1 stick of butter
1 1/2 sticks of margarine
2 cups sugar
2 cups cake flour
1 small can evaporated milk
2 tsp. vanilla
Cream the butter, margarine, and sugar.
Add the eggs one at a time.
Add the flour and milk, alternating between the two until it’s all added.
Add the vanilla and mix well.
Spray a bundt pan very well with Baker’s Joy/Pam for baking. Pour the batter in the pan. (Duh.)
Cook in a 325º oven for one hour.
Let the cake rest for a little while; then, cover it with a plate and flip it over. The cake may or may not come out of the pan. Just sayin’.
This is what the cake looks like when it’s done. And still in the pan. On another note, I had no idea that Bundt is a registered trademark and apparently is Nordic in origin? Yeah. Made in Minneapolis, US of A.
I wish I had taken pictures of this, but I had about half of the cake left over after Laura Belle and Nicole had had their fill, so I decided to make bread pudding with the rest. I used this recipe from the Pioneer Woman as a guideline and it turned out amazing. Highly recommend!
And now here are some pictures I’ve taken recently of a tentative Spring springing in Seattle.