Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Recipe - Fabulous Fay's Fabulous Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I’m sorry it’s been so long between recipes, but I promise I’m working on it! This recipe is very special to me ~ almost as special as the friend who gave it to me!

Fay moved from Birmingham to Atlanta to work in the same office where I worked. Over time we began to strike up a friendship, and that friendship grew and grew and grew! Eventually she even joined the church we belonged to, and almost every Sunday we went to lunch together after church. She retired several years before I did, but we kept close contact and did things together like yard sales and antique shopping and going to festivals and such.

One day she told me she was moving back to Alabama to be closer to her son. I don’t think she knows this, but I just cried to think my best friend was moving away. And the day she moved I carried her a small gift, and when I left her house I had to pull over down the street and just have a good cry. (So, okay, she knows it now, because she reads my blog regularly!) I missed her already!

And I still miss her, although we keep in touch via e-mail and occasional phone calls. I even went to visit her several times, but when my dad got so bad those trips had to stop for a while. Now I’m hoping that after the holidays are over, I can go back down to her home and visit her for a few days.

Anyway, Fay gave me several good recipes, but this one is the best, and I’ve made it numerous times. In fact, I made it for us to carry on our Savannah trip, and one day we stopped at the grocery store and got some Mayfield chocolate ice cream, and every night I would have a big slice of this cake with chocolate ice cream, and almost just faint away because it was such a scrumptious combination!
As you can see by one of the later pics, the day I made it Mama and I had to cut it and put butter on a slice while it was still good and warm. There’s nothing like warm pound cake straight from the oven with a little butter melting all over it! When my brother and I were in school my mom would often make a pound cake and time it to be done when we got home and that would be our afternoon snack - warm pound cake with butter - oh, the memories!

So, here’s the recipe:

Fabulous Fay's Fabulous Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour tube pan thoroughly.

Ingredients:

3 sticks butter or margarine, softened (of course 'butter is better' but margarine will work fine)

1 8 ounce pkg cream cheese, softened

3 cups granulated sugar

Dash of salt

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Teaspoon Vanilla, Butter and Nut Flavoring

(Note: Although Fay's recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 teaspoon of vanilla, butter and nut flavoring, sometimes I use both, but if I don't use the vanilla, butter and nut flavoring, I substitute it with 1/2 teaspoon extra vanilla. And, do I need to tell you that the better the vanilla the better the cake???)

3 cups plain (all purpose) flour

6 eggs

Cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add salt and vanilla. (I usually add the salt to the flour, but either way works)

Add eggs, one at a time, beating very well in between each egg. (Fay told me the more you mix between the eggs, the better the texture of the cake, and it is TRUE!

Spoon in flour, mix well.

Pour into greased tube pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until done.

Now for the good stuff - pictures!

Look at that crust! To me, that's the best part of the pound cake!



See how the cake has come away from the pan? That's a sure sign of 2 things: It's done, and you did a good job of greasing and flouring the pan!



Perfection!!! Isn't that pretty? One of the 'prettiest' pound cakes I've ever made. The taste was perfection, too!




Delicious!


Whoops, I smell a rat. Oh yeah, I'm the rat - so sorry!


Ahhhhhhh! Absolutely delicious!
Now, a little note. Usually at Christmas I make this exact same cake, but I reserve about 1/4 cup of flour. Mix about 1/2 to 2/3 cup chopped black walnuts and coat them with the reserved flour. Right before pouring into the tube pan, mix the nuts into the batter and blend well. Bake as usual. Then while it's still warm I put the cake top down onto a pretty cake plate. Then I take a fork and make holes in the top. I use some powdered sugar and milk and just a touch of vanilla to make a glaze, and pour it all over the cake, and sprinkle more walnuts around on top. This is so good, you just won't believe it!!!
I hope you'll try this recipe, and let me know if you do! I promise you will love it! Blessings folks, Becky

6 comments:

Mildred said...

What a wonderful friendship you and Fay share. This looks and sounds like the best pound cake ever and like you, I love it with butter and I save the best bites til last - the top crust!!! So glad your Mama and you & your husband got to enjoy the Savannah trip (and the pound cake) together. I know you all will miss your daddy during the holiday but he is having his first Thanksgiving in Heaven - praise the Lord! My best wishes to each of you for a blessed Thanksgiving day.
Nalley will be having the spinal injections under x-ray next week for the pain. He's very scared naturally. I would appreciate your prayers for him to be calm. Thank you.

Dreaming In Pink With Roses said...

Whoo Whee! B.. Black walnuts mixed in pound cake!!! Now that's my idea of yumminess! (apparently not a word LOL!)

What a Beautiful Cake!! It's terrible to say... But my mouth started watering looking at the pics! LOL!

Blessings ~ T

aimee said...

mmmmm yummy!i will have to try this one real soooon. i can just smell it.
blessings,
aimee

K-Sue said...

This is pretty much the same recipe I got from my Mama, who got it from my aunt. It is the best pound cake - so moist. If you get up in the morning, cut a piece, butter it, and run it into the toaster oven, perfection is within your grasp. Yummmmmmmm!

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