January 3, today, is the first day I baked of 2013! It took me three whole days, can you believe it? I am going to try to cut back on the sweets but in the month of December the amounts of sweets in this house was ridiculous. So already I am cutting back since I didn’t bake the first, second, and third.
Anyways, done with that nonsense. I got a new cookbook for Christmas. It is called Southern Cakes. My mom gave it to me and my almost sister-in-law. I made my first cake from there today. It is called Marble Molasses Pound Cake. It is delicious and the molasses adds such a different taste to the pound cake. I really enjoyed it. Here is the recipe.
Marble Molasses Pound Cake
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 c. milk
2 T molasses
1 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 t. ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and generously grease a 9×5 loaf pan. You can line the bottom of the loaf pan with parchment paper and then flour on top of that.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl beat the butter with a mixer at high speed until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat to combine ingredients well. Then add eggs and beat until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Then add the dry ingredients along with the milk alternating. Starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
Take a third of the batter out and put into another bowl. Add the molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the ground cloves into the batter; stir together. Then add both batters to the pan by the spoonfuls, alternating. Run a knife through the batter in a figure eight pattern to swirl the batters together.
Bake for about 1 hour, when a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Cool the cake for about 10 minutes on a wire rack then run a knife around the edges to turn the cake out.