Recipe Finder: Sour cream poundcake

August 14, 2012|By Julie Rothman, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Stephanie Forbes from Gwynn Oak recalled that when she was a child growing up in Berkeley, Calif., her mother used to make a wonderful poundcake every week. She does not remember the specific ingredients, but she is sure it had sour cream as well as orange, lemon and vanilla extracts. She said her mom was a devoted reader of women's magazines and that perhaps the recipe came from one of those publications.

Kitty Lee Devilbiss from Union Bridge sent in a recipe for a sour-cream poundcake that she said was printed in a special insert of Better Homes and Gardens magazine sometime in the early 1970s. Titled "America's Best Homemade Pies, Cakes and Breads," the collection included prize-winners from state fairs. Devilbiss said this recipe was a champion for her as well at the Carroll County 4-H fair "way back when." This classic recipe makes a deliciously rich poundcake that keeps very well. Serve it with fresh berries and ice cream, or all on its own. Any way you serve this one, it's a winner.


Marlene Millard from Longview, Wash., said that back in 1964 or so, she would buy a boxed white cake mix, probably Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines or Pillsbury, which had a recipe for a cake that called for sour cream in the cake and the frosting. She said it was one of those things she craved when she was pregnant. She thought she would never want it again, so she threw the recipe away. Now, some 46 years later, she finds the craving has returned. She is hoping someone might have the recipe and would be able to share it with her.

Louise Buma from Webster, Mass., is looking for a cherry salad recipe that her sister-in-law used to make when her kids were little almost 40 years ago. It was made with cherries, pineapple, bananas and Cool Whip. She no longer has the recipe and cannot remember the other ingredients.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or email If you send in more than one recipe, please put each on a separate piece of paper and be sure to include your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Name and hometown must accompany recipes in order to be published. Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letter and recipes may be edited for clarity.

Sour-cream poundcake

Makes: 8-10 servings

2 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup butter, softened

6 eggs

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

1/2 teaspoon orange extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Confectioners sugar for garnish, optional

In a mixer bowl, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with the sour cream, beating well after each addition.

Add extracts and vanilla; beat well.

Pour batter into greased and floured 10-inch tube or bundt pan.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 11/2 hours or until cake tests done. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan.

When cool, sprinkle with confectioners sugar, if desired

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