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Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Prep time 20 mins
Bake time 1 hr, 45 mins
Yield Makes 10 to 12 servings
This brown sugar pound cake is a favorite among the Southern Living staff. The brown sugar gives it a rich, caramel-like flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until the yellow yolk disappears.

  2. Sift together flour and baking powder; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat batter at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla and pecans. Pour batter into a greased and floured 12-cup tube pan. Place pan in a cold oven; set oven temperature at 300°.

  3. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

Cook's Notes

Don't preheat the oven for this scrumptious pound cake--it gets its start in a cold oven. To add a light dusting of powdered sugar, spoon a few tablespoons into a wire-mesh strainer and gently shake over the cake's surface.