May 11, 2011

Honey Vanilla Pound Cake

Honey vanilla pound cake fresh from the oven!

I’m a huge fan of all quick breads, muffins, and pound cakes! Well not all, but most. It usually only takes two bowls, one for dry ingredients and one for wet ingredients, a quick mix, time in the oven and then you’re done! I feel like it’s one of those things that you don’t have to spend too much time on or give too much attention to but when you take it out of the oven, you get even more than what you put in! When it comes to a busy schedule, you can’t get much better than that! You save time but you get fresh delicious flavor!

This honey vanilla pound cake lived up to all these things! I first tried this recipe out for a good friend’s birthday basket I was putting together. I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous making this for the first time as part of a gift so that’s when making four mini cakes instead of one large was super handy! The picture of Ina Garten’s end product of course looks like you could eat the cake right off the page, but I just wanted to be sure mine lived up to what hers looked like! I’m happy to report that this pound cake did not disappoint! It was actually so good that some of Jordan’s friends thought it looked so tempting that one of my mini cakes magically disappeared with some guys after poker night! I woke up the next morning looking around my kitchen, in cabinets, everywhere, thinking I had gone crazy!! So I guess that’s another benefit to multiple mini cakes: many people get to share in on all the great flavor!

Here is everything you need:


(Adapted from Ina Garten. Makes 1 large loaf or 4 mini pound cake loaves.)

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 1/2 cup fat free or low fat plain yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

(Preheat your oven to 350 and grease your loaf pan or pans.) In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. (I used my electric mixer but you could also use your hand held mixer if that’s all you have.) Once completely combined, add the yogurt. In a smaller bowl or a large glass measuring cup add the eggs, honey, vanilla, and lemon zest but DO NOT combine anything! Turn your mixer back on to a medium speed and slowly add the mixture one egg at a time, allowing each egg to completely combine. You may need to scrape down your bowl to make sure you get everything.

With all the wet ingredients combined, add the salt and baking powder and give it a good mix. Slowly add the flour in batches and slowly you’ll see your pound cake batter come together! It should be super smooth and the vanilla and honey should already be aromatic!

Pour your batter into the one loaf pan or your mini loaf pans, smooth the tops with a rubber spatula and then pop it in the oven. If you are doing a large loaf it should take 50-60 minutes. If you opted for smaller mini loaves, I’d start taking a look at the cakes after about 35 minutes. As always, do the toothpick test in the center to see if your cake is done. If the toothpick comes out clean, you’re done! Let the cakes cool for 15 minutes and then you can remove them from the pan and let them continue cooling on a rack.

Honey vanilla pound cake ready to eat!

The cakes will become golden brown on top and don’t worry when you see crackles on the top. It’s all normal and it just adds some homemade character to your cake! (Promise, it’s exactly what Ina’s looked like!) So a pound cake that looks good, tastes good, what reason is there not to make it! There is something about Ina Garten’s recipes; she never lets me down! It’s always pretty simple food and always full of fresh flavors! And this cake in particular is wonderfully simple on its own but could also be that perfect pound cake with ice cream or berries and whipped cream! Whatever way you decide to eat it, I’m sure you’ll be going back for seconds! For now, that’s honey vanilla pound cake…in the shell of a nut!

Honey vanilla pound cake!

1 Comment

  • Oh my goodness Hillary, this pound cake is DELICIOUS! I saw them while browsing and instantly had to make them, and I was so happy that I already had all of the ingredients. They were super easy to make and the flavors/moistness are perfect!

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