Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pound Cake Challenge - Week 3: Key Lime Pound Cake with Key Lime Glaze

Ingredients for Cake:
· 1 cup butter, softened
· ½ cup shortening
· 3 cups sugar
· 6 large eggs
· 3 cups all-purpose flour
· ½ teaspoon baking powder
· 1/8 teaspoon salt
· 1 cup milk
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 1 teaspoon lime zest
· ¼ cup fresh Key lime juice

Ingredients for Glaze:
· 1 cup powdered sugar
· 2 tablespoons fresh key lime juice
· ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions for Cake:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy.
2. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time; beating just until blended after each addition.
3. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat a low speed just until blended after each addition.
4. Stir in vanilla, lime zest and lime juice. Pour batter into a greased and flour 10-inch tube pan.
5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
6. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.
7. Prepare Key Lime Glaze and immediately brush over top and sides of cake. Cool completely, about an hour.

Directions for Glaze:
1. Whisk together powdered sugar, key lime juice and vanilla until smooth.
2. Use immediately.

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