Brown-Sugar Pound Cake
Fresh fruit compotes, like our Dried-Apricot Compote With Late-Harvest Riesling, are luscious on top of this cake.
- Yield: Makes one 9-inch loaf
Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1998
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
- 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter and lightly flour a 9-by-4 1/2-by-2 3/4-inch loaf pan; set aside. Whisk eggs together in a bowl; set aside.
In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes. Add vanilla and almond extracts, and mix until combined. Drizzle in the beaten eggs, a little at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, and mix, on low speed, just until flour is incorporated. Using a spatula, spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake cake until richly browned on top and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour. Run a knife around inside of pan, and turn out cake. Wrap in plastic wrap, and store at room temperature up to 2 days.