We've dressed up our Classic Pound Cake recipe with vanilla bean and a ginger glaze.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2009


Recipe Summary

Makes 2 cakes


For the Cake
For the Topping


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter two 5-by-9-inch loaf pans. Combine flour and salt in a bowl.

  • Cream butter and sugar with a mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy, for 8 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to medium, and add seeds of vanilla bean.

  • Lightly beat eggs, and add to mixer bowl in 4 additions, mixing thoroughly after each and scraping down sides. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture in 4 additions, mixing until just incorporated. Divide batter between pans. Tap on counter to distribute; smooth tops.

  • Bake until a tester inserted into center of each cake comes out clean, about 65 minutes. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack.

  • Make the glaze: Heat milkand sliced gingerin a saucepan over medium heat until milk begins to simmer. Let cool; discard ginger. Stir inconfectioners' sugar.Drizzle over cooled cakes. Sprinkle chopped candied ginger on top.