Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Here's another tasty treat, based on an Allrecipes.com recipe. My little one loves helping mommy put this Sour Cream Pound Cake together; which was even easier to do today with the help of our new stand mixer. In my version, I've lowered the baking temperature, and experimented with Agave nectar, instead of white sugar. If you've never tried Agave, it's like maple syrup, but from a cactus type of plant. Use it anywhere you would use sugar. As it is sweeter than sugar, you end up using less, and it also has a lower glycemic index. This is my standard sweetener for teas, coffees, and many times when I cook and bake. Agave has many healthful benefits, aside from being a great, all-natural sweetener.

Unfortunately, I had a disaster today, trying to use a silicone baking pan, with six mini bundt cake forms built in. This is the second time this pan has ruined a recipe during baking. I'm having to pry chunks of cake out of the pan. I'm guessing it's because the silicone doesn't properly transfer heat, like metal. So much for having six mini cakes to pack in my suitcase as treats for our upcoming trip. I'll just have to do some baking at mom and dad's. As for the silicone baking pan, I think I can still use it for cold things, like as a Jell-O mold. I still love my silicone cookie sheet, however. Just no more formed pans!

Anyway, the chunks taste delicious, and the princess is snacking away. She couldn't wait for the cakes to come out. Here is the recipe:
1.5 cups AP flour
1.5 cups white sugar (or 1 cup dark amber agave nectar)
0.5 cup butter (room temperature)
0.5 cup sour cream (cold)
3 large eggs (room temperature)
1 pinch baking soda
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325F. Grease and flour a 4x8" metal loaf pan.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sour cream with electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Add sugar/Agave and continue mixing. Add the vanilla. Incorporate the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the flour and baking soda. When combined, pour into prepared loaf pan.

Bake for approximately one hour (do toothpick test).


Enjoy :)


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