Patriotic Pound Cake 

Just in time for Fourth of July! I present my Patriotic Pound Cake made with fresh strawberries and blueberries. I also added some red, white and blue sprinkles in the batter to make it even more patriotic. Have a slice with coffee for breakfast or serve it as a simple dessert. 
Ingredients:  

3/4 cup butter, (1 and 1/2 sticks) room temperature 

1 cup of sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 3/4 cup flour plus an additional 2 Tablespoons for the berries

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup strawberries, chopped

5 Tablespoons of red, white and blue sprinkles


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line loaf pan with parchment paper or nonstick foil. 

In a mixing bowl, mix butter an sugar until light yellow and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and blend. Add extracts and mix well. 


In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Alternate flour mixture and milk. Once everything had been combined, stir in 5 Tablespoons of sprinkles to the batter. Add 2 Tablespoons flour to the berries, stir to coat the berries before adding them to the batter. This will keep the berries from sinking to the bottom. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely before glazing. 


Glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

1 -2 Tablespoons of milk

Decorative sprinkles, optional
Mix sugar with extract and one Tablespoon of milk. Add additional Tablespoon of milk if needed. Pour over Pound Cake. Decorate with more sprinkles if desired. 

Southern Peach Pound Cake


Nothing says Souhern Pound Cake like one made with fresh Georgia peaches. I have waited all year to make this moist, delicious pound cake. This cake is chocked full of peaches and Southern hospitality. 

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, room temperature 
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature 
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon peach extract, or you can substitute vanilla*
2 3/4 cups flour, reserve 1/4 cup of flour for diced peaches
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups fresh peaches, diced about 4-6 medium to large peaches


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare bundt pan (I used my Pampered Chef bundt pan or any 10″ bundt pan will do) with a four spray. In a bowl add flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk and set aside. 

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add extracts. Blend to combine. Add flour mixture, I divided mine (by eyeballing it) four times. Make sure you scrape down the sides of your bowl in between flour additions. Once everything has been incorporated, stop and dice your peaches. Mix with the reserved 1/4 cup flour mixture and toss in the cake batter. Stir to blend. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until cake tester comes out clean. I baked mine for 1 hour and ten minutes. Cool on cooling rack for 30 minutes and remove from pan. Continue to cool until it’s cool enough to glaze. 


Peachy Glaze:

1 cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of peach extract or you substitute vanilla or almond
2 Tablespoons of milk or cream
Put above ingredients in a bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended. Spoon over cooled cake. Enjoy!

*I purchased my peach extract from Amazon. It really gives this cake and glaze a delicious peachy flavor. If you love peaches, I highly recommend buying some.