This past Sunday was my mom's birthday (to protect the innocent I won't reveal her age)
She asked for a pound cake with caramel frosting.
There was a standard to live up to, as the best pound cake with caramel frosting comes from a woman by the name of Frances who ran my youth group when I was younger.
I was pretty sure I wouldn't live up to Frances' standards, but I gave it my best shot anyway.
I took a recipe of my grandmother's for pound cake but made the error of using all purpose flour instead of cake flour.
This wasn't a complete fail, but the cake turned out a bit more dense than I would have liked it.
So here is the final product:
I took the picture in the Mexican restaurant we went to (sorry I should have taken the time to style it).
Nana's Pound Cake
2 sticks butter
1 3/4 C sugar
2 C cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
Cream your butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
Add eggs one at a time (incorporate fully before adding next egg).
Fold in flour, salt, and vanilla.
Pour into greased and floured bundt pan.
Bake for 70-80 minutes at 350 degrees.
For the frosting I went with a recipe I found of Paula Deen's (I figure she knows what to do with butter and sugar).
1 stick butter
1 C packed brown sugar
1/3 C heavy cream
16 oz (1 box) confectioner's sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
Add brown sugar and heavy cream, bring to a boil.
Pour in mixing bowl and add vanilla and confectioner's sugar.
Beat with an electric hand held mixer until it reaches spreading consistency.
This was the easiest frosting to make. I was quite intimidated as caramel makes me nervous, but I couldn't have been more pleased with the turn out.
By the looks on their faces I have to say I think they were pleased:
I am going to keep working on the pound cake, because it wasn't exactly what I wanted. If any of you have suggestions for good pound cake recipes comment below, or e-mail them to me, I would love to give them a try.