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La Belle Cuisine
Southern Pecan Pound Cake
“Winner of the Best Baking & Dessert Book Award
Foundation in 1992…this is
cake book you will ever need.”
by Carole Walter, 1991, Clarkson N. Potter
“When I was a young girl in
Memphis, TN, the bakery at Goldsmith’s
department store made the most
wonderful pecan pound cake, and my
mother’s weekly shopping trip always
included a stop at their pastry
shop to bring home a cake for my brother and
me. This recipe was
created from my sweet memories of childhood.”
Serves: 10 to 12
Pan: 9-inch flat-bottomed tube pan
Pan prep: Butter/flour
Oven temp: 325 degrees F.
Rack level: Lower third
Baking time: 60 to 70 minutes
Method: Electric mixer
1 cup pecan halves
1 tablespoon unsifted flour
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups superfine or strained sugar
5 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1. Position rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat
to 325 degrees
F. Butter a 9-inch flat-bottomed tube pan, dust with
and invert the pan over the kitchen sink to tap out
2. By hand, break the pecans into 1-inch pieces. Scatter the
in a shallow pan and toast in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Set
3. Using a triple sifter, sift together the flour, baking
powder, and salt.
4. Cut the butter into 1/4-inch pieces and place in the
large bowl of an
electric mixer fitted with beaters or paddle attachment.
speed. Increase speed to medium-high and cream until smooth
in color, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
5. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, taking 6 to 8
minutes to blend
in well. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally.
6. Add the eggs, 1 at a time at 1-minute intervals. Scrape
the sides of
the bowl again, then blend in vanilla. The mixture may look
at this point; it will smooth out once all the flour
7. Reduce mixer speed to low. Blend in half of the flour.
Add the sour
cream and mix about 15 seconds, then add the remaining flour.
down the sides of the bowl. Increase mixer speed to
mix batter for about 20 seconds.
8. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Fold in the nuts using a
spatula. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the
back of a tablespoon. For a pretty finish, sprinkle
2 to 3
table-spoons broken pecans and 1 to 2 teaspoons granulated
sugar over the
batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 70
minutes, or until cake
golden brown on top and begins to come
away from the sides of the
twig of straw or a toothpick
inserted into the center will come
9. Remove the pan from the oven. Cool the cake in its pan on
rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Invert the pan onto the rack and remove
then turn right side up to cool completely.
Storage: Store at room temperature under a glass cover
or in an
airtight container for up to 5 days.
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