This pound cake is my take on a family recipe that is a dessert staple for parties. It also is another one of those family recipes that Rob seems to love. I mean, it’s not fancy or anything like that but it is classic and does taste awesome.
Traditionally, this would be made in a bundt pan and served as a dessert with icing all over the top. I decided to go for more of a breakfast approach, since Rob wanted it for that. So I actually made it in not one, but TWO different forms! The first was a traditional loaf and the second was muffins!
The loaf served as a breakfast source for ourselves and the muffins were brought into my office; once again as an incentive for meeting participation! Rob really likes the loaf for the way it gets a nice crust all the way around; while the muffins were perfect for the office since you don’t have to worry about slicing or anything.
The last element was the glaze for the top. I didn’t want to go with a full blown icing, so I had Rob mix up some vanilla bean, orange juice, powdered sugar, and water into a glaze for the top. This adds a subtle sweetness with elements of the core flavor to tie it all up.
Orange-Vanilla Pound Cake
- 2 Sticks Butter
- 1 Cup Sour Cream
- 3 Cups Sugar
- 1.5 Tbs Vanilla Extract
- 1 Orange zested
- 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
- 6 Eggs
- 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 Vanilla Bean seeded
- 1 Oz Orange Juice
- 1 Oz Warm Water
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Mix the Butter, Sour Cream, and Sugar in a stand mixer until well combined.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
- Beat in the orange zest, vanilla, and baking powder.
- Gradually add the flour, beating until well combined.
- In a buttered bundt/loaf pan or in muffin/cupcake wrappers, pour the batter. Make sure to leave room for it to rise (it can be a lot).
- A loaf/bundt should bake for about 1.5 hrs and a 12 muffin tray for about 30 minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool.
- To make the glaze whisk all of the ingredients into a thick paste adding more sugar if needed.
- Drizzle over the cooled muffins.