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Perfectly Powdered Sugar Pound Cake
*This blog post is sponsored by Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar. All opinions given in this blog post are my own.*
For a Christmas desert, what is the first thing you think of? Maybe pie, maybe cookies, or maybe a cake. All of these are fantastic ideas and Dixie Crystals powdered sugar can help you with all of your baking needs for the holiday. They were gracious enough to send us powdered sugar (about 10 pounds of it!) to use for all of our Christmas baking needs. So thank you to Dixie Crystals for the powdered sugar!
I really enjoy baking and decorating and I usually bring all of my baking creations to work for my coworkers to eat. But, I also like to bake for all of the holidays. And Christmas is no different. So, unfortunately, I am not skilled enough to make my own recipes, so I do have to find my recipes. And when I found this recipe it peaked my interest and I knew I had to make it. This recipe came from All Recipes, so thanks to them!
-1 1/2 cups butter
-3 1/2 cups Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar
-6 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 3/4 cups cake flour (I used regular flour and didn’t have any issues)
-1/4 cup sliced almonds
Step 1: Slice and Dice Your Almonds
This step may be unnecessary if you purchased sliced almonds, but I could not find sliced almonds. So I had to slice and dice my almonds first. Dixie Crystals sent us this awesome baking mat that I was able to use. It was really nifty for chopping or cutting. Or you could use it for rolling out fondant or decorating cookies. This baking mat has many different uses and it is so nifty!
Step 2: Mix Your Butter and Powdered Sugar
Before you actually start this step, preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
I had some trouble with this step. According to the recipe online, you had to take the butter and mix it until it was creamy. NOW! My butter was not soft enough to make creamy. I did wait long enough for the butter to be soft (I am very impatient haha), so I did have some difficulty with the mixing of it. The recipe then says to add the 3 1/3 cups of powdered sugar slowly until the batter is light and fluffy. And since my mixture wasn’t very creamy, it was slightly hard to make the mixture light and fluffy. It kind of ended up like a ball of dense…mush.
Step 3: Add the Egg, Vanilla, and Flour
The next step is add the 6 eggs one at a time and to mix after each one. I understand why it needs to be mixed in one at a time because it helped to make my dense mush into a less dense mush. It actually started to look a batter! You then add the 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix it before adding the 2 3/4 cups of flour. I added the flour in smaller increments (1 cup, 1 cups, and then 3/4 cup) because I was slightly concerned that my now slightly watery mush wouldn’t mix with that much flour in the bowl. Honestly, I’m happy that I did it that way because it helped to mix the batter more evenly.
Step 4: Prepared the Pan
The recipe calls for a regular bundt pan, but I used a pan that had 6 smaller bundt cake forms in it. The first thing to do to prep the pan is the HEAVILY butter it and flour it. I ended up over flouring the pan and had to dump the excess out. You then add the sliced (or diced) almonds into each bundt form and tilt the pan to coat the inside with the almonds. This might work better if you have the sliced almonds, but my diced almonds did not want to spread out.
Step 5: Pour the Batter
This step is self explanatory. Basically, just fill the bundt pan (or pans) and smooth out the top to make sure it is even. I overfilled my pan but I also didn’t have any other pans to use for the excess batter. So super fluffy cake it is!
Step 6: Bake
The recipe calls for you to bake your cake for about 1 1/2 hours. I didn’t think that my little cakes would need the full 1 1/2 hours, so I actually set my timer for 1 hour and checked on them. And they were perfect! I was able to slide a toothpick in and out with no excess cake on it. Hooray!
Step 7: Let Cake Cool and Make Icing
Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes before gently sliding a knife around the edges of the pan and flipping the pan over. While the cake is cooling (for about an hour) you can make your icing. You don’t have to make the icing, I did just because I was afraid the cake wouldn’t be moist enough. So I mixed 2 cups Dixie Crystals powdered sugar with about 2 tablespoons of milk to make the icing. You can use more or less of both ingredients until you get the consistence you want!
Step 8: Enjoy!
How delicious does this look? It was very tasty, very DENSE, but very tasty. It tastes great with a cup of milk or a cup of coffee, whichever you fancy. But all together, this cake is delicious and is something I will be making again. Let me know what you think and let me know if you try this yourself! Thanks for stopping by!
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