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Cake # 10 – Aunt Belva’s Pound Cake

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The truth is, Aunt Belva’s Pound Cake is the best pound cake I’ve ever made.  But, its not the first time I’ve made the cake – so, I’m not sure we can say I was practicing this one.  I know this cake!  It is rich and creamy – it is not dry or heavy!  And, it does remind me of Aunt Belva and my childhood, so it holds a very special place in my heart!

I have blogged about her cake before, back around Easter a few years ago…  so, you can read all about the cake here, along with the recipe!  🙂

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Aunt Belva’s home was situated on one of the main streets of Danville, Illinois.  Next door was her antique shop.  It seems like we dropped by for a visit just yesterday.  Truly, its been more than 30 years ago.

In my mind’s eye I see the little heart shaped pink soap perched on a footed dish in her front bathroom- it is funny what I remember from my childhood.  But mostly I  remember her cozy little kitchen where she prepared the best food.  What did she make, you’re wondering?  Anything your little heart desired, that’s what.  She was not held hostage by the ideals of my mother who said, “You’ll eat what I make.”  Oh no.  Aunt Belva was always welcoming and made whatever you requested, if she had it on hand.

We were often the recipients of her hospitality.  It was warm and refreshing – just like springtime.

Near easter, I’m reminded of her because of the pound cake she was known for – and pound cake with fresh strawberries is the perfect Easter treat. (at least in my mind anyway)   But, also because of the life she lived.  A life of hospitality is a life that is Christ-like: it is warm and welcoming, offering refreshment, joyful and giving.   Being hospitable to those around us is the embodiment of Christ’s love.

Even a fresh pound cake, given to one in need, can be a reminder of His goodness and lovingkindness.

So, for this Easter weekend – I thought I’d share this precious family recipe – that truly is so much more than directions for a yummy cake.  It is a reminder, for me, to share Christ’s love thru my time in the kitchen.  And even tho Aunt Belva passed away several years ago, her gift for hospitality lives on.

Aunt Belva’s Pound Cake

ingredients:
3 sticks of butter
8 oz cream cheese
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
3 cups of cake flour, sifted 2 x’s
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

instructions:

Preheat oven to 325.  Beat butter, cream cheese until light & fluffy.  Add sugar slowly and continue to beat until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and add in vanilla.  Sift dry ingredients together then gradually mix into butter mixture.  Pour batter into greased and floured bundt pan.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  test doneness with a toothpick.  cool – then serve with whipped cream and strawberries.

(FYI: this batter had so much volume, I took a few spoonfuls out of the pan before baking so that it wouldn’t overflow.)

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