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Holiday Pound Cake

 Holiday Pound Cake
This cake is attractive and it tastes good, too. I'm always asked for the recipe. -Nancy Reichert, Thomasville, Georgia
12-16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup well-drained maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • Additional cherries and pecans for garnish, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs, one
  • at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Sift flour
  • together with baking powder and salt; stir into creamed mixture.
  • Fold in cherries and 1/2 cup nuts. Sprinkle remaining nuts into a
  • greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Pour batter into pan. Bake at
  • 325° for about 70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool cake in pan 5 minutes on wire rack before removing from pan.
  • Cool thoroughly. Make a glaze with confectioners' sugar and milk;
  • drizzle over cake. Garnish top with cherries and pecans if desired.

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Holiday Pound Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Yield: 12-16 servings.