This week has been entirely consumed by Wedding Planning, which has taken on a life of it’s own and deserves the designation of capitalization. This is not the first week, nor will it be the last, that has been usurped. My Mom’s and my productivity gets sucked into this Wedding Planning void.
Yesterday we decided to take control and set aside the Wedding Planning for a brief moment while we baked a pound cake! This Apricot Brandy Pound Cake recipe is for one of Nana’s many fabulous cakes – it is moist and dense with a delicate apricot flavor. I’m not entirely sure why we chose to make one of the most calorically dense cakes known to man pre-wedding – maybe a nice Angel Food cake would have been a better choice. I can tell you that it is worth every calorie!
Nana’s Apricot Brandy Pound Cake
2 sticks butter, unsalted
3 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs, room temperature
3 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sour cream
½ teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon orange extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon rum extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup apricot brandy (you can also use apricot flavored brandy if you must)
Preheat oven to 325°
Grease tube pan, Bundt pan or loaf pans with butter and then coat with flour.
Sift together flour, soda and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add flour to butter mixture in three additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula after each addition.
Stir together extracts, sour cream and brandy. Add to cake batter and mix well.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45-90 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean or with very few crumbs attached. Let cool 10 minutes in pan before turning out onto wire rack to cool completely.
A brief aside: I’m not sure if it was in anticipation of eating the pound cake or because it was 70° in St Louis yesterday, but my Mom and I popped the cake in the oven and then promptly left for a walk. My Grandmother’s recipe says to bake the pound cake for 90 minutes, so we thought we had all the time in the world. If I had been babysitting the cake, I would have taken it out around 50 minutes. Don’t make our mistake: save the walk for the cooling process!
After the cake is completely cooled drizzle or pour the icing over the cake.
Lindsey’s Apricot Brandy Icing
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
¾ – 1 teaspoon apricot brandy
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream (or enough to make the icing your desired consistency.
Stir together all ingredients. Add milk slowly until you reach the desired consistency. The icing will firm up, so I recommend icing as quickly as possible to avoid awkward dribbles.