I have a cream cheese pound cake recipe and the texture and sturdiness is PERFECT for carving and such. I have one problem however, its somewhat bland and I hate the taste! I believe this is fixable...anyone have any suggestions? The recipe only calls for 1 teaspoon vanilla, if I had in addition to that, a vanilla bean, and a hint of lemon zest, does anyone think this could help? I do not want to make it a lemon pound cake, just lighten the flavor, but have a more vanilla flavor....any suggestions would be great! OR if any of you have a wonderful tasting and textured pound cake recipe, please share!
I made Paula Deen's cream cheese pound cake recently and it was delicious! The crumb was very nice and it was just the right kind of moisture that would allow you to carve it.
This batter was pretty forgiving:
I was baking it in my tube pan and had a disaster when it leaked onto my oven floor about 20 mins into the baking time. I scraped out the oven (along with my DH who insisted I keep going), picked out the semi baked bits from the tube pan and poured the rest of the batter into cupcake pans.
It was still delicious!
Paula Deen's Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 12 min
Cook Time: 1 hr, 30 min
This is one moist and decadent pound cake- turns out lovely and perfect and ready for a simple topping of whipped cream and fruit.
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 (8 ounce) package low fat cream cheese, at room temperature
3 cups granulated white sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups cake flour, sifted twice after measuring
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan (I like to use the nonstick spray that is especially for baking... with the flour mixed into it).
2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until well combined. Add in sugar and continue to mix for about 6 minutes, until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, until well blended. Gradually add the flour, beating and scraping down the sides until it is all incorporated. Mix in salt and extracts.
3. Pour into prepared pan. Hit the pan gently on the counter about 5 times to help settle the batter and remove any air pockets. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours. The cake is done when it pulls away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
4. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack and let cool completely before serving.
*To make a simple berry topping, mix two or three kinds of berries with just a spoonful of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Whip some heavy whipping cream, and serve a slice of this cake with freshly whipped cream and berries. So good!
Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted slightly from Paula Deen & Friends)
P.S. I am not a huge fan of almond so I used 1/4 tsp of almond flavoring and 1 3/4 tsp of vanilla total. Perfect!