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
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
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!