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Buttermilk Pound Cake

 Buttermilk Pound Cake
Now that I've retired from teaching, I have more time to bake. This cake is the one I make most often. It is a truly Southern recipe, and one I think can't be topped - once people taste it, they won't go back to their other recipes. &mdashGracie Hanchey, De Ridder, Louisiana
16-20 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour
  • and baking soda; add alternately with buttermilk and beat well. Stir
  • in vanilla.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at
  • 325° for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing
  • to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if
  • desired. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 285 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.