Rich, buttery pound cake is always a crowd-pleaser, but this velvety version will have friends and family eyeing another slice. Its secret weapons? Cream cheese for a subtle tang, low-in-gluten barley flour for a delicate crumb, and orange zest, which adds a scrumptious spin on flavor. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 808.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees with rack in lower third. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. In a bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, and salt. With a vegetable peeler, peel zest from half of orange into about 5 strips; squeeze and reserve 2 teaspoons juice. Pulse zest strips with granulated sugar in a food processor until finely ground.

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  • In another bowl, beat butter and cream cheese on medium until smooth. Add orange-sugar mixture; beat on high until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla and eggs, one at a time, on medium. Add flour mixture; beat on low until just incorporated. Pour batter into pan; smooth top with a spatula.

  • Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until cake is golden brown and a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 1 hour, 15 minutes. (If browning too quickly, tent with foil.) Let cool 30 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan; let cool completely on rack, about 2 hours.

  • In a bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, reserved orange juice, and liqueur until smooth. Spread glaze over cake; sprinkle finely grated zest from remaining orange half over top.

Cook's Notes

This loaf will stay fresh for two days at room temperature when covered -- not that it'll last that long.

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