Monday, February 7, 2011

Pound Cake

My neighbor across the street is 94 and still makes the most wonderful chocolate pound cake. She is also an old family friend so I was thrilled when she gave me the recipe. The wonderful part about the recipe is that you can also make a plain pound cake with a few changes. I promised my husband one for his birthday, which is Christmas day, but wasn't able to make it until last week. So Happy Belated Birthday! Enjoy

Carolina Belle

Mrs. Ashcraft's Chocolate Pound Cake w/ Plain Pound Cake Option

1/2 lb Butter
1/2 Cup Crisco
3 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Milk or Butter Milk
5 Eggs
3 Cups Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/c Tsp Salt
4 TBLS Cocoa
1 Tsp Vanilla

Cream shortening, butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Add milk. Sift dry ingredients and add to the first mixture. Add vanilla. Bake in tube pan at 325° for 1 hour 20 minutes.

For the plain cake, leave out the cocoa and reduce the sugar to 2 1/2 cups. Also add one teaspoon almond extract with the vanilla. Bake the same.

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