Brown Sugar Poundcake (And A Bunny In The Kitchen)

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Brown Sugar Poundcake.

pound9This is some very tasty poundcake. It uses brown sugar and we serve it with fresh strawberries and sour cream (similar to how we serve strawberries with sour cream and raw/brown sugar). It tastes like a good poundcake with a deeper sugar flavor, as you would expect. The recipe comes from “Sweet Auburn Desserts” an excellent southern dessert cookbook, but it is just poundcake, no special steps, limited hassles, happy faces. We suggest you make it for a summer party. It is also very good toasted for breakfast (not that we would ever do anything like that).

poundSo, since that doesn’t fill many paragraphs, let us tell you about the wild bunny running around in the kitchen. Since we have a large garden “farm”, we get plenty of critters. Some welcome, some not. The veggie beds are caged above and below, but there are still plenty of goodies (mostly in the orchard) to entertain the gophers, wood rats, moles, lizards and squirrels. We have a large deer fence around the “perimeter” to keep most of the deer, coyotes and perhaps larger animals at bay. These are our “passive” defenses, and they work pretty well.

pound1pound2As for the “active” defenses we have some traps for gophers (the enemy) and we happily dispatch wood rats (the ones that steal fruit) whenever we find their nests. But on a day-to-day basis, Oreo the cat is our primary “enforcer”. Oreo is a rescued barn cat that lost her tail to a coyote. She lost her gig at the barn. This ended up being a good deal for the cat, as she gets to practice her “craft” with minimal interference here at the farm. And, until recently, everything was good. But then things started to change…

pound4First, the cat started to catch songbirds. She didn’t usually kill them, but would bring us a “gift”. The sight of Carolyn shaking the cat to release a bird (they usually get away in a puff of feathers) is…..”amusing”, to say the least. Then a few weeks ago some rabbits moved inside the deer fence and, suddenly, here is the cat bringing us bunnies as gifts. Not good. Bunnies are cute, the kids like bunnies. (And are we so “shallow” that we value cute songbirds and bunnies more than ugly gophers and rats? Yes, absolutely.)

pound5So the other evening the cat brings us a still kicking live bunny as a gift. We come out to “free” the bunny and, once free, the bunny runs inside the house and into the kitchen (right past our puzzled dog, I might add). Now we are chasing a very scared bunny in laps around the kitchen island until it tries to hide and we finally catch it (gently) with a towel to move it outside. Great. Then we let it go and it runs right into the open garage! Ugh. Dumb. Bunny. (Dumb farmers? Maybe.) The bunny later escaped from the open garage during the night. We just hope the cat wasn’t waiting….Never a dull moment here at the farm.

pound6pound7Brown Sugar Poundcake:

(Adapted from “Sweet Auburn Desserts”)

Notes Before You Start:

  • No notes. It’s poundcake with a little something extra- go make it.

What You Get: Poundcake with deeper sugar flavor and some extra color. Good cake for a crowd.

What You Need: No special equipment required. A stand mixer will really help, though.

How Long? A couple of hours, but maybe 15 minutes of active time. You start poundcake in a cold oven, so it takes 90+ minutes to bake. Plan accordingly.

Ingredients:

(Makes a cake for 12 to 16)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Assemble:

  1. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube or bundt pan. Place a rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. In a mixer, beat together the butter and shortening at medium speed until creamy. Then gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate large bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Alternately add the flour mixture and the evaporated milk to the butter mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Mix the batter at low-speed after each addition until just combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the pan into the oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees. Bake the cake for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, or until a toothpick or tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes. Transfer the cake from the pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before serving.
  5. Serve with strawberries and sour cream if you like. Ice cream works, too….
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18 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Poundcake (And A Bunny In The Kitchen)

  1. love how you mixed the pictures and story–nicely done :-) The pound cake is a wow, yes. On my to-make list absolutely. Though my pan and garnish will not measure up to yours. How do you get the cake out so nicely? Stunning stunning stunning.

  2. Just came in from taking pix of our eat-everything-in-sight, I mean, *cute* wild bunnies when I got the email about your post. Better keep your eye on the kitchen door–now they know where all the food’s kept!!!

    • Maybe it was a “smart” bunny after all… ;-)

      But, yes, we wouldn’t think they are cute if our veggies were not caged in. Some of our neighbors have less “charitable” feelings towards the bunnies.

      We save our angst for the gophers and wood rats- they ravage our orchard every summer. Pure combat…

    • Thanks- it’s a good cake and certainly easy to put together.

      As for the bunny, my guess is that it (or one of its many family members) and the cat may meet again…

  3. What a great story about the bunny! I have had the cat bring in some special “prizes” I didn’t really appreciate, but never a bunny! And the pound cake is absolutely divine. I love the way you baked it in such a pretty pan. Good for a crowd? I think two of us could enjoy this for a couple of days at least. :-)

    • Thanks. The cake is good for a crowd, but we do sometimes make them for us and the kids for dessert and breakfast. Toasted poundcake with butter and jam at breakfast is about as good as it gets…

      As for the “prizes”, we get plenty. The snake was less welcome than the bunny, but that is another story… ;-)

  4. The cake looks wonderful–my pan greasing skills leave much to be desired–and my dog scares off all the bunnies by charging from the screen porch so they scatter away from the house. Then circle back around to eat everything except the celery I generously provided for them.

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