Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SUNNY CITRUS POUND CAKE


I was skeptical of a cake that needs no icing until I tasted this one.
It is plain and simple and over-the-top delicious.
Serve with coffee for an afternoon treat or as a dessert with fresh fruit.


I like to assemble all the ingredients so the mixing can begin.


Creaming the butter and sugar until light is an important step.
After the eggs are added, the mixture is beaten until thick and creamy.


Looking luscious already.


The final additions do not need vigorous beating; only blending.


Expect a crack .. this is typical.


Cooling before sampling.


3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Blend dry ingredients; set aside.

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tbsp. grated orange zest
2 tsp. lemon zest
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup orange juice

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until well blended.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until smooth.
Continue to beat on high speed until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes.
Add zests.
Add dry ingredients alternately with yogurt and orange juice, beating on low
until blended. 
Spread batter into a greased and floured, 10-inch Bundt or 10-inch tube pan.
Bake in preheated 350° oven for 65 to 70 minutes or
until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove to wire rack.

OPTIONAL GLAZE

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice

Heat sugar and lemon juice together, stirring to dissolve sugar.
Poke holes with fork in surface of warm cake; brush glaze over cake,
letting it soak in.
Cool cake completely before slicing.
Freezing: excellent

4 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous picture of your pound cake. You make it look like the best dessert ever. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweets-for-saturday-21.html

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  2. Thanks for coming by and linking up your cake. Feel free to join in again anytime.

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  3. Mom, this looks wonderful..I'm so proud of your blogging skills...Love you

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  4. This cake was absolutely delicious and so easy to make. The first time I made it was for an after-church dinner. It was a huge hit!!! Everyone wanted the recipe. Try it! You will love it, too.

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