Saturday, March 30, 2013

Birthday Lemon Pound Cake

For Clay's birthday this year, I wanted to attempt his Granny's labor of love, Lemon Pound Cake. She made this every year for his birthday and for him, one of his fondest memories of her. You know one of the typical get-to-know you questions, "If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would they be?" My answer is Granny. Clay has always talked so fondly of this precious lady who raised him and meeting her in Heaven one day is something I greatly look forward to. 

Unfortunately, I think her recipe is lost, which led me on a hunt. I came across many good recipes and a few that were actually even more health conscious than the one I chose. The winner was favored for one very specific reason... it belongs to another granny, Moms. 

You can find her guest post and recipe here: chocolate&carrots.

How did it turn out? Inimitable. Clay loved it. After our guests left, he walked straight to the cake, took another piece and said he was going to eat it just like he use to. He walked to the kitchen, leaned over the sink, ate the topping off and threw away the bottom! I almost died, but that quickly changed as I imagined him do this as a child, which brought me an unexpected joy and made me love him even more. Obviously his favorite part is the lemon glaze. Next time, I'll double the glaze and bring it all the way down to the sides instead of letting it drip. Shoot, I'll even have a little side of it for cake dipping!

I made a trip to Target to find a tube pan instead of using my bundt pan, which turned out winsomely! I wanted a little more modern appeal to a traditional desert and the switch of the pan was perfect. 

Side story: So, this week has been CRAZY busy with both work and home, so I have been running around like bored child in a clothing department. Thought I was gonna say chicken, didn't you?! Anyhoo... I was up at 7 yesterday peeling potatoes and trying to prep as much for dinner as possible because of working late and serving dinner at 7:30p with guests. In my attempt to stick to a 3 hour timeframe before work, I multi-tasked:

I can't begin to image what people were thinking when they walked or drove past my vehicle and noticed the butter on my dashboard. I HAD to get that butter at room temp before I got home and it worked!! The sticks almost flew out my windows a few time on turns, making it a comical realization that I had lost it. Think I started a new tradition of my own though. Just don't turn on your defroster when you get close to home to speed up any hard butter left. Bad idea.

Now that I have an amazing cake recipe with roots of its own, I'm going to try and tweak the recipe to make it my own. I know.... if it ain't broke, don't fix it, but I'm intrigued to see what coconut sugar,  coconut oil, and Palm shortening will taste like instead of butter, Crisco, and cane sugar. Will it change the flavor? Sure... but for the better or worse? I'll find out and let ya know! If it's horrible, I'll take Moms advice, "Don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting! Moderation in all things is a ‘good thing’." 

I love this tid-bit of advice, which is why I saved two pieces and froze the leftovers. I had mine for breakfast with coffee this morning (delish) and I'm sure Clay will have his lemon top with a Diet Coke. That's how we roll.

Happy Saturday!



  1. It turned out beautifully! I'm so glad you liked the recipe. My grandmother knows her pound cakes! :D Oh, and what a great idea with the butter on the dashboard. ;-)