This weeks recipe for Tuesdays With Dorie is the Vanilla Pound Cake which is located on pages 251-252 in Baking With Julia. I was looking at the recipe it looked pretty straight forward and reminded me of the Pound Cake recipe my Mom and Nanny make. I decided to compare those two recipes and only noticed a few differences.
My family’s recipes has
1) No baking powder.
2) 1 cup more sugar
3) 1 tsp more vanilla extract (total of 1 Tbsp)
4) 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (in addition to the 2 sticks of butter)
5) 2 more eggs
I guess the most notable different with regard to taste was sweetness and texture. Of course with one cup less sugar this pound cake wouldn’t be as sweet, which I did actually mind. It was the texture of the cake. It was good, but when comparing the two I would prefer my family’s recipe because it yields a moister cake. Which of course it would with the addition of vegetable oil. I have done the recipe with apple sauce instead of the oil and it turned out just as moist. I have also left it completely out of the recipe a few times and the cake turned out good just not really moist. Because the recipe doesn’t call for baking powder it yields a denser cake, but you are using sifting the dry ingredients and the creaming of the butter and sugar together instead of chemical leveners.
So in the end, it is a good recipe, but a bit too dry for my taste. I will probably just stick with my family’s recipe and modify flavorings for the type of cake I want.