Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Man Catcher- Sour Cream Pound Cake

I have checked out many, many cookbooks from the library since this marriage thing happened and I am suppose to be all domestic or something. Usually I flip through them only once, read the titles and look at the pictures and am done with them in less than five minutes. And if there are no pictures then I am done in less than a minute. In my opinion, a cookbook is boring and useless without pictures. At least for all of us visual people in the world.

Well this past week I got an email notice from the library saying that a cake cookbook I had requested was finally available for pick-up. I went and got it later that afternoon and quickly flipped through it in the parking lot and was utterly disgusted that there were only about fifteen pictures in the whole two hundred page book. If it hadn't been so darn cold that day I probably would have gotten out of my car and put it right back in the return slot outside the library.

Later that night Zach and I were heading to the gym and on the way out the door I grabbed the cookbook for some reading material while I used the elliptical. Usually I look at the timer on the elliptical about every thirty seconds, but that night twenty five minutes went by before I even thought to look once. I couldn't believe how fast the time flew by. The cookbook had totally sucked me in, despite there being very few pictures.

The very first recipe in the book was "The Man Catcher-Sour Cream Pound Cake." Two things had my attention here "man catcher" and "sour cream." I know I have said it before, but I am convinced that sour cream is the secret ingredient when it comes to cakes and cupcakes. I am willing to try pretty much any cake recipe if it has sour cream included in the ingredient list. I was dying for any possible excuse to make this cake, so when my mom asked me to make my dad's birthday cake this was the one I immediately thought of.

The author didn't lie when she said "no man can resist this cake." Both my dad and Zach were going ga-ga over this cake (my mom, sister, and I loved it too!) It is a dense cake, but is incredibly moist. Definitely does not require a frosting. I wouldn't have even had to put on the glaze. Pretty much just put it on for looks. And the subtle lemon flavor is just right. Not overpowering, but still lets ya know its in there. The cake is perfect served alongside a small scoop of vanilla ice cream!

This cake definitely tasted better than it looks in this picture. I had a bit of difficulty getting it out of the darn pan. Next time I am going to try using a bundt pan instead of a tube pan to make it a little prettier and more presentable.

And I actually ordered this cookbook, All Cakes Considered, online right before starting this blog post! Figured the couple of weeks I get to have it from the library won't be enough time to try all of the other recipes I drooled over.


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