Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
The cornmeal adds a rustic texture and flavor to this pound cake. I like to serve this with lightly sweetened strawberries and whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. For good results, be sure to use cake flour and sift before measuring. Adapted from Sunset Italian Cookbook, 1981 Edition.
- 2⁄3 cup butter, softened
- 2 2⁄3 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 1⁄4 cups sifted cake flour
- 1⁄3 cup yellow cornmeal
- additional powdered sugar, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Generously grease and flour an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 loaf pan and set aside.
- Place butter and the 2 2/3 cups of powdered sugar in a large bowl.
- Beat until creamy.
- Beat in vanilla; then add eggs and egg yolk one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Mix the sifted cake flour with the cornmeal, then add to the egg mixture in three portions, beating well after each addition.
- Spoon batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
- bake in 325F oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a pick inserted in center comes out clean and cake springs back when lightly touched in center.
- Cool cake in pan for 3 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack and sift powdered sugar over warm cake.
- Cool completely, and cut into thin slices to serve.
I cut the powdered sugar back to 1 1/4 cups (180g) which once baked seemed like still a bit too much and added 1 1/4 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt.
Didn't come out at all. i needed a base cake for a birthday and planned to fill it in with strawberry and pastry cream. The recipe says to bake 1 hour 15 min. i put it on the timer, and after 45 minute it started to smell burnt, i took it out of the oven, the crust and the bottom was rock hard and over cooked and the middle was sticky and buttery - in fact it was all too buttery, like butter cookies... i actually had to throw it away and make another cake for the base, and used a plain sponge cake which came out just fine. perhaps its my oven, but i will not try this one again.
This is a very forgiving recipe. I totally screwed up because I grabbed my 1/2 c. measuring cup thinking that it was a 1/3rd cup measuring cup so I put in 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar instead of 2 and 2/3cup! And then I wondered why I couldn't get the butter and powdered sugar to cream! So I took some of the mixture out and then I added extra butter,etc. etc. And the cake still turned out delicious. The chef recommends serving it with strawberries and whipped cream but I am bringing it to an event so I can't do that. Instead, I glazed it with a honey glaze made from 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar, 1 T. honey and about 2 T. milk (enough to get the correct consistency). Wow! That really sent the cake over the top. I made this recipe for the Bargain Basement tag game. It was a sleeper recipe. I hope others will try it now.