How to make sour cream pound cake like a New Orleans native

BY PATSY R. BRUMFIELD – THE SOUTHFACIN’ COOK 

My father didn’t do much cooking. Chiefly, he’s remembered for accidentally setting fire to the kitchen while trying to cook bacon and watch the World Series simultaneously. We’ve never been much for multi-tasking.

Patsy R. Brumfield The Southfacin' Cook

Patsy R. Brumfield
The Southfacin’ Cook

But the man could make a really good pound cake – dense, crusty, delicious. Where he got his recipe is unknown to me, but lately I found one very much like it in my mother’s recipe box. It was an old, brown newspaper clipping taped to a file card.

It is beyond delicious! It’s tall and just the right density, and so buttery. You will love it, and your guests will think you are the greatest baker ever.

SOUR CREAM POUND CAKE

EQUIPMENT

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin' Cook)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin’ Cook)

  • stand mixer (hand mixer will do, but you may get tired)
  • two mixing bowls
  • sifter
  • measuring equipment
  • rubber spatula
  • tube cake pan
  • flour-cooking oil spray

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon soda
  • 2 sticks margarine, softened (to room temp or 15 secs in microwave)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or lemon extract or both)
  • salt

LET’S GET STARTED

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Set mixing bowls side by side. Measure flour into one bowl. Set sifter into the other bowl, transfer flour into sifter and sift. Repeat two more times back and forth. On second sift, add soda and dash (1/2 teaspoon) of salt.

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin' Cook)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin’ Cook)

In your mixer, cream the softened margarine on medium-low speed (Use the batter beater, not the whisk one).

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin' Cook)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin’ Cook)

Slowly add 3 cups sugar and cream well until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl bottom with your spatula to ensure everything incorporates well. Add 6 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin' Cook)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin’ Cook)

Stir in sour cream. Lower mixer speed. (If the mixer’s on too fast, it will blow flour all over the place.) Carefully add dry ingredients 1/3 cup at a time, beating constantly. Scrape bottom with spatula again.

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin' Cook)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin’ Cook)

Stir in vanilla extract. (Just don’t over-beat the batter. I have no definition for “over-beat” – just do it long enough to incorporate everything.)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin' Cook)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin’ Cook)

Hold your tube pan over the sink and spray it thoroughly inside, tube too, with flour-cooking spray. Pour cake mixture into it.

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin' Cook)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin’ Cook)

Bake 1 hours 15 minutes (75 minutes).

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin' Cook)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin’ Cook)

Allow to rest 10 minutes, then place large plate on top of cake pan and (with heat pads) carefully flip so that the plate is on the bottom. Carefully lift cake pan away from cake. Place another plate onto the cake’s bottom (which is facing up.) Flip cake/plates again so that your cake is now upright and ready to cool. Terrific plain, but out of this world with real whipped cream (and some berries, too).

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin' Cook)

how to make sour cream pound cake (photo by Patsy R. Brumfield/Southfacin’ Cook)

NOTE – This cake can be frozen, but I say just eat it! If you want to freeze it, wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap and a final layer of aluminum foil.

Come back to NewinNOLA.com every week for “Southfacin’ Cook,” where Patsy explains the basics to Southern cooking and eating. Contact her with suggestions, questions or requests at patsy.brumfield@gmail.com.

Previous recipes from Patsy:

• Hummus
• Gumbo
• Quiche

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