Vanilla Bean Pound Cake

The subtle perfume of vanilla is so often paired with other flavors and so rarely given the spotlight. In this tender pound cake, vanilla bean seeds fleck the cake for a simple dessert thatís good any time of day.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for coating the pan

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for coating the pan

1 cup granulated sugar

2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)

4 large eggs, at room temperature
POUND CAKE
7 up Pound Cake

This recipe has been around for years and, judging from its popularity, it will be around for many years to come.

+   1 cup butter, softened
+   1/2 cup shortening
+   3 cups sugar
+   1 teaspoon vanilla extract
+   1/2 teaspoon almond extract
+   5 eggs, at room temperature
+   3 cups all-purpose flour
+   1/2 teaspoon salt
+   1 cup 7 UP

For the Glaze:


+  
1/4 cup 7 UP
+   1/2 cup sugar
INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 300įF. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

Combine butter, shortening, sugar, vanilla and almond extract in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt, and add to butter/sugar mixture alternately with 1 cup 7 UP, beating well after each addition.

Spoon batter into prepared 10-inch tube pan, and bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert on serving plate and remove pan.

While cake is cooling, make the glaze by stirring together the 1/4 cup 7 UP and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and boil 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. Punch holes in top of warm cake with a toothpick. Spoon glaze over cake, and cool completely before serving.

Makes one 10-inch cake.

Prep time: 20 minutes; Cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes; Total time: 2 hours 5 minutes