February 8, 2014

Funfetti Pound Cake

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When you are in an emergency birthday fix, this is the cake to make.

I've helped with our local Awana organization for years.  It is an evening where kids get to learn verses, compete in games, and get to know kids your age that share a love for Jesus.  This year, I've been a leader for the 3rd-6th grade girls and loved every minute of it.  A couple weeks ago, when we were going around the table and saying the highlights of our week, one of my girls, Kathy, told us her birthday was tomorrow.  Well, that wasn't going to go uncelebrated!  All the girls thought it would be a great idea if Miss Mary Frances would bring a cake next week.  Who was I to say no?  So a cake I was to make.  Instead of hauling a cake pan with a layered cake and lots of frosting (and risk dropping it and making a mess) I decided to make a pound cake in a loaf pan.  The only thing about pound cakes is they aren't really an exciting shape.  And they don't really have any exciting colors.  Or frosting.

Boooooooring.  Not all celebratory. 

When in doubt, pull out the container of sprinkles!  They truly make any dessert eye catching and delicious.  All of us girls enjoyed these slices of thick, buttery, colorful cake while reciting verses and saying sections.  They didn't even complain about the lack of frosting.  That is saying something.

 
 
This cake, wow ... Let me explain.  No, that would take too long.  Let me sum up.  extra points for naming that movie!
 
1. You know a good pound cake when it has a crispy edge that melts into an intensely buttery and thick cake.
 
2. This is a good pound cake.  No, I take that back.  This is a fantastic pound cake.
 
3. It is guaranteed success, even for beginning bakers.  There are only 7 ingredients (counting the salt!) and one bowl to mix in.  No fancy ingredients or measurements or anything.
 
Make it.  Devour it.  It is someone's birthday somewhere!

 
Funfetti Pound Cake
Recipe Source: Adapted from Martha Stewart
Yield: 1 loaf, or 12 slices
 
 
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1/2 sprinkles
 
Cream butter and sugar together.
Add eggs, beating well after each addition.
Stir in vanilla and salt.
Stir in flour, stirring until incorporated.
Gently fold in sprinkles.
Pour into greased and flour 8x4 loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
Let cool, slice, and enjoy!

38 comments:

  1. Cooool when Ishowed my mom this she said awww does she know dad. My dad likes plain cake with little to no frosting this would be great for his birthday next month( so is mine) ! We would have to by sprinkles though because summers in the country bring so many ants. That raided our sprinkle collection. I REALLY dislike ants :(

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    1. My Dad is the same way! Oh no; we had ants a couple years ago and they are not fun. Happy early birthday!

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    2. Thanks and you changed the top of your blog it looks soo cute, so grown up ; )

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    3. Thanks! Took me the entire afternoon, but it is done - finally!

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  2. Beautiful pictures!! Pinning!! And that movie quote.... It sounds so familiar.... Grrrrr. Nothing is coming to mind though. :P

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    1. Thanks Chloe! I really appreciate it. As for the quote, I'll give you a hint *cough, cough* theprincessbride :)

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  3. That is the cutest little pound cake ever!

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    1. Thanks Jocelyn! How did we ever describe things as cute before sprinkles came along??

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  4. Jenna was rubbing this in our faces on the way home last week! Anytime you make something everyone's jealous.:) This is really cute, too. What movie is that quote from???? I agree it sounds familiar, but I can't place it.....

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    1. Haha, I thank Jenna for the endorsement! Aw, you guys :) Ok, you know how you and Jack were quoting the Princess Bride from forever ago, and I didn't know what it was from? Well, Mom and I watched it and my first thought was, now I can quote it with Anna! I have no life obviously haha! P.S. My mom thought it was as funny as when she was our age. You were right!

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  5. Now you have convinced me I need to just make a pound cake!! Love the sprinkles. There is nothing sprinkles can't solve!! So glad you were able to make this for your friend and celebrate her birthday :)

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    1. Yes! Sprinkles can solve almost anything, especially in baking. Even flopped recipes :) Thanks Zainab!

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  6. This pound cake looks so happy! I love the idea of incorporating sprinkles INTO the cake, it makes it that much more fun to devour! Thanks for the recipe, Mary Frances!

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    1. Thanks Lauren! You are most welcome! Hehe, it did make it fun to eat; all those sprinkles!

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  7. this cake looks gorgeous! loving the funfetti

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  8. Dear Mary Frances, Pound cake is always a favorite. You can decide any topping you want or no topping just dipping.
    Beautiful, buttery delicious and quite pretty.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  9. Count me in I can never resist pound cake or sprinkles! Gorgeous!

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  10. You know the way to a girl's heart with those rainbow sprinkles! They are the definition of happiness! I can see why everyone loved it! It looks so moist and rich and absolutely delicious.

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  11. Easy enough for people like me:)

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  12. What a fun cake to celebrate a birthday with, and you're a wonderful person to spend your time with younger girls like that!

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  13. I love this! The cake looks so delicious. Pinning!!

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  14. Oh my gosh, Mary Frances! This looks amazing. Simply perfect. Such a fun idea! And yeah Awana! Totally did it growing up and LOVED it. So fun that you teach! :) I'm sure they all loved this cake as much as I think I would!

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    1. Yes! Finally someone knows what I'm talking about!! Thank you Erin! :)

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  15. This cake is the exact definition of little work = instant, epic results. Gotta love that.

    It's pretty, it's rich and moist. It's a winner for sure. I LOOOOVE pound cake. Like Holy Yummy Goodness it is one of my favorites. I love it in the morning with a cup of coffee. In honor of everyone who has a birthday even if I don't know you, I will eat this cake for you. Yes. You are welcome. ;D

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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    1. Instant and epic -> so using that next time. Thank you Tammy! And I agree, in honor of all the birthdays everywhere, I will have a slice with my coffee. :)

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  16. Awwwwhhhh that's so sweet of yourself to bake a cake for that girl! And you're right, this one is a total winner! Look at that crumb, it looks seriously amazing! And I can feel the butteriness (is that the word though??) from here... this is TOO GOOD. And those sprinkles are lovely! xx

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    1. The crumb is amazing. Haha, absolutely, we food bloggers need to make our own dictionary ;) Thanks Consuelo!

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  17. 360 calories a slice is painful, but it looks absolutely delicious!

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    1. This was definitely not made with the word health food in mind. ;) Moderation is key! Thanks Jennifer, it was really good!

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  18. I LOVE funfetti! Such a great idea to bake sprinkles into a pound cake, I think I'll give this is a go. Thanks for linking up your recipe at Sweet and Savoury Sunday's, we hope you link up again this weekend!

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  19. I can't believe I never thought to put funfetti in pound cake...genious! Everyone loves funfetti, right?! It's perfect for a birthday celebration. :)
    Tina at www.tinaschic.com

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