Monday, November 26, 2012
I’m Getting Ready For Christmas
I assure you, this cake will be a hit, when an empty cake plate returns to the kitchen. Those are my kind of reviews!
I baked it in a Kugelhoff pan but you could make it in a regular bundt pan or even a couple of loaf pans. Next time, I’d like to make some mini loafs to give as gifts.
Spiced Eggnog Pound Cake
1 c. butter, softened
3 c. sugar (here I used vanilla sugar)
6 large eggs
3 c. cake flour
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. baking powder
1 c. refrigerated or canned eggnog
2 tsp. vanilla (yes, I used my own vanilla extract)
2 tbsp. brandy (optional)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp. ground allspice
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1 c. sifted powdered sugar
2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. whipping/heavy cream
Generously grease and flour a 12 cup Bundt pan; set aside.
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer about 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with 1 cup eggnog, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla and, if desired, brandy.
Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Stir cinnamon and next 3 ingredients into remaining batter. Spoon spice batter over plain batter. Swirl batters together, using a knife.
Bake at 350 for 50 to 55 minutes (check at 45 minutes) or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.
Place cake on a cake plate; dust with powdered sugar.
Combine 1 cup powdered sugar and whipping cream, stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cake.