Monday, June 30, 2008

My Disaster making Sour Cream Pound Cake

I don't know what happened to my pound cake! I have made Paula Deen's Grandmother's Sour Cream Pound Cake numerous times with success every time, but today something happened either in the oven or at the mixer.

About mid-way through the baking time I started smelling burned sugar - oh, no. I knew what I'd find when I peeked in the oven. Sure enough, the cake batter was spilling out over the sides of the bundt pan and down past the racks to the floor of my oven. A huge mess. But I left it to bake and eventually the timer went off and I removed the poor cake from the oven. It had obviously fallen in on itself. I quickly cleaned out the warm batter from the bottom of the oven and off of the racks while my "cake" cooled a little in the pan on the cutting board. When I finally got to the cake, I turned it out onto a cake plate and there were spots of teflon coating, of all things, in several places on the cake that had come off of my "old" bundt pan! Well, I cut that away - don't won't to poison anyone - and even cut away 1/4 of the cake and dumped that into the trash. I know, you're probably asking why I didn't just throw the whole thing away? Well, I have company coming this afternoon and my husband asked specifically for this cake. Any of you who know him will realize he doesn't do that very often, so I really wanted to please him. And I figure that since I have some sweetened strawberries and Cool Whip in the refrigerator, we can always disguise the cake, right?

Well, it's a poor excuse for a pound cake. I really don't know what happened. Like I said, I've made this very recipe several times. The humidity shouldn't be a problem. There isn't any! The only thing I can think of is the oven temperature was too low. The recipe calls for 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes and I honestly don't know if I've changed that to 350 degrees when I made the other cakes. I may have. I think it wasn't cooking fast enough. Does that sound logical? Also, maybe I beat the cake too much after adding the sour cream.

At any rate, we'll probably eat the cake smothered in strawberries and my husband and I won't say a word about our morning of disaster in the kitchen!

If you'd like a copy of Paula Deen's Sour Cream Pound Cake it is on her website here.
It's really a wonderful cake and I know you'll enjoy it. Maybe I was just having a really bad day. Sometimes we cooks have them, don't we?


Nancy said...


I have made sour cream pound cake many times, and once my husband tried to make it, and I know he beat the death out of it, and it sank in the middle. It was a mess! That could have been something that affected your cake. I was going to try your German Choc. Icing recipe. I also like genealogy. Frustrating sometimes, just like cooking, but somehow I keep at them both!
Nancy - Charlotte,NC

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Hi Nancy!
Thanks so much for the tip. I may very well have let the mixer run too long. I had not thought about that. Glad you're interested in trying the recipes I've posted. So sorry the blog wouldn't let you post a comment. I'm going to check on that right now. No wonder I'm not getting any feedback!

Love North Carolina. My daughter lives in Hillsborough, right outside of Durham. She was engaged when we got transferred to Texas with GTE and had to leave her there! Nearly broke my heart. But she's been well taken care of and is happy. She and her husband, a native North Carolinian, have two beautiful girls. I don't get to see them nearly as often as I'd like.

Again, thanks for the comment. I'm going to add it to my blog and see if I can correct the comment problem. Maybe you could check back a little later and try again.

Jen said...

Aunt Judy -

Can't help you there as I've never made a poundcake! Good luck with the next one though :-)

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Hi Jen,
Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! You may never have made a pound cake (yet) but I'm sure you could. I have since made the cake again and I didn't have the same problem. I tried to follow Nancy's advice (in the above comment) and didn't beat it to death. That must have been my problem, too.
Aunt Judy



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