Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Buttermilk Poundcake & Powdered Sugar Glaze

Last week, I shared my "Flowers~N~Flutters" Dessert Table {click for post}, which featured this buttermilk poundcake.

So here's what you'll need for this tasty treat:
~ 3 cups all-purpose flour
~1/4 teaspoon baking soda
~1/2 teaspoon salt
~ 1 cup butter
~ 3 cups white sugar
~ 6 eggs
~ 1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
~ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~ 1 cup buttermilk

1) Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
 2) In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar.
 3) Mix in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
 4) Stir in lemon & vanilla extracts.
 5) Gently mix in flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. {I do about a third of each at a time}.
 You should end up with a nice, creamy mixture.
 6) Pour batter into greased, floured 9 or 10 inch tube pan.
7) Bake at 325* for approximately 90 minutes. 
{You might want to check it a few minutes earlier, but do not open the oven door until the cake has been in the oven for a least one hour.  When the cake begins to pull away from the side of the pan, it is a good sign it is done.}
 8) Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wired rack & cool completely.

The cake is delicious by itself, but if you want it a little sweeter, here's the glaze recipe:

What you'll need:
~ 1 lb. powdered sugar
~ 1/4  cup (or more) milk
~ 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Mix powdered sugar & milk together, then mix in vanilla.  Continue adding milk a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency. 
Pour over cake.
{Tip: If you don't want glaze all over your cake plate, sit cake on another plate to add glaze.  When glaze has hardened, carefully transfer to desired cake plate.}
I originally wanted to find edible, pesticide-free flowers for the cake, but didn't have much luck.  So I chose to place the flowers in a little water-filled cup, gently placed in the middle of the cake.


I'll be joining with Foodie Friday at Designs my Gollum, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Craftomaniac Monday at Craft-O-Maniac, Hoo's Got Talent at Night Owl Crafting, Sweets for Saturday at Sweets as Sugar Cookies, and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace.  Check 'em out for more delicious recipes.


  1. makes me wish I had some buttermilk lol this sounds good!

  2. Looks pound cake looks and sounds wonderful!!!! Thanks for such a great post and thanks for linking to TMTT.

  3. Your cake is beautiful! Great tutorial too.

    I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/05/26/lemon-chocolate-cupcakes/

  4. Oh, this is making me so hungry. This is one of my favorite cakes. Looks beautiful, and I know it taste heavenly. ~ Sarah

  5. Wow, this is such a beautiful cake. I love the way you decorate it. So elegant and lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    By the way, I'm hosting 2 Giveaways on my blog, please stop by to enter when you have a chance. One for $50 Thrive products and another one for baking molds and more. Have a wonderful weekend.


  6. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, my fav is pound cake with tea! I love the way you arranged the flowers in the hole of the ring, it made it more festive and elegant! Love it!
    Have a nice M.D.

  7. Wow! Thank you for this beautiful and yummy cake! I just copied as favorite, I just need to make it and show it like you did! Thank you again.

  8. I love this idea with the flowers in the center. I just may have to steal it :-)
    I am having a great time going thru all your posts. I LOVE tablescapes and you have given me some great ideas. Thanks