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Wake and Bake: Strawberry Pound Cake

I'm not Miss Manners but there are some social graces that I hate to see fall out of fashion. Door holding is one, RSVPing another. (I can see when you've open my Paperless Post invitation—why not just respond?) I was brought up with the notion that you arrive on time, you dress for the occasion, and you always, always serve dessert to dinner guests. More

Wake and Bake: Glazed Orange Pound Cake

The original recipe for pound cake is a glimpse into the early days of baking. It calls for a 1:1:1:1 pound ratio of flour, eggs, butter, and sugar. The simplicity of this recipe implies the days before the Food Network or Epicurious, when elaborate recipes were closely guarded family secrets, or at least much more difficult to spread around. It also makes me wonder why the contestants on Top Chef flounder so easily when required to bake a cake. Make a pound cake, guys. You can't forget the recipe (at least I hope you can't) and it's almost impossible to go wrong. More

Bake the Book: Sweet Potato Cheesecake

When it comes to improving upon already great desserts, combining one dessert with an additional dessert seems to do the trick pretty much every time. (Remember the Cookie Stuffed Cookie?) So when Sonya Jones, the pastry chef-owner of Sweet Auburn Bread Company in Atlanta, Georgia set out to fancy up her sweet potato cheesecake, naturally she paired it with another classic Southern dessert, the pound cake. More

Sara Lee Pound Cake vs. Entenmann's Loaf Cake

We know, we know; just about any homemade loaf cake or pound cake will be better than Sara Lee or Entenmann's. We won't pretend that either could possibly compare. But there are some summer nights when you're at the grocery store and you're running late to a friend's cookout, and you're in charge of dessert, and you've got a beautiful crate of strawberries and some cream to whip and you just need something cake-like to serve with them. And in those moments, you're likely to be faced with Sara Lee and Entenmann's. So which way do you go? More

Mixed Review: Turning Pound Cake into Olive Oil Cake

I was hoping to create a cake that would pass for homemade, and while this didn't quite get there, it was close. The Frangelico I used imparted a subtle warmth, the olive oil made it a bit fruity, and hazelnuts added a bit of crunch. This would be a great party dessert option when you're short on time or feeding a large crowd. More

Mixed Review: Betty Crocker Pound Cake on the Grill

Betty Crocker's Pound Cake Mix ($2.89) calls for nothing more than 3/4 cup of water or milk and two eggs. Simply beat everything together with an electric mixer (or by hand) and bake in a 9x5-inch loaf pan for approximately 50 minutes. My cake emerged from the oven with a perfect golden-brown crust and buttery yellow interior. It had a heavy, crumbly texture and a simple, sweet flavor—the perfect foundation for a show-stopping summer dessert. More

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