Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
I just tried this cake for the first time at funeral in Chicago. After the first bite, I went in search of the cook and talked her out of the recipe. All those different extracts may sound strange, but trust me it is wonderful! At the bottom I have included Six Flavor Pound Cake and Seven Flavor Pound Cake variations. Also, you can make a 5 flavor cake with a 6 flavor glaze or any other combination.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 teaspoon rum extract
- 1 teaspoon butter flavor extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon rum extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon butter flavor extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Grease a 10-inch tube or Bundt cake pan.
- In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In a measuring cup, combine the milk and 1 teaspoon of each of the 5 extracts; set aside.
- In mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and 3 cups of sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time and beat until smooth.
- Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
- Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until cake tests done.
- Let cake cool for 5 minutes and then pour 1/2 of glaze over cake (while still in pan).
- Let sit for another 5 minutes and then turn cake out of pan onto wire rack (with waxed paper under rack to catch drippings).
- Slowly spoon remaining glaze onto top of hot cake.
- Cool completely before serving.
- To make the Five Flavor Glaze: In saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, water and 1/2 teaspoon of each of the 5 extracts.
- Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
- Variations: Six Flavor Cake/Glaze: Add 1 teaspoon of almond extract to Five Flavor Cake ingredients and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract to Five Flavor Glaze ingredients.
- Seven Flavor Cake/Glaze: Add 1 teaspoon pineapple flavored extract to Six Flavor Cake and 1/2 teaspoon pineapple flavored extract to Six Flavor Glaze.
This is, without a doubt, the Queen of all pound cakes! The blend of flavors is superb. I used 6 flavors because that is what I had on hand (no pineapple). I increased the vanilla and almond to 1 1/2 tsp. because I wanted those flavors to stand out. I used real butter, pure vanilla and pure extracts if available. The glaze gives the crust a nice light crunch without adding too much extra sweetness. It actually soaks in so you don't even see it. Perfect texture--all in all the perfect pound cake, in my opinion! I also gave the recipe to a girl I work with and she made it before I did so I got to taste it before I made it. She loved it too, but she thought it was a little on the sweet side (I didn't think so, but it IS very rich). We both agreed that we will make it again. THANK YOU Sharlene--I will guard this recipe with my life!! Another note: This made a large cake. I baked it in my stoneware fluted pan and it raised up and over the top of the tube. Next time I will bake it in my regular tube pan which has a taller tube.
Sharlene~W, I'm sorry you had to get this recipe at a funeral, but oh my goodness, I'm also glad you did. This is so good. I was a little confused by the first teaspoon of coconut, but on reading farther, figured you meant the extract rather than coconut. Also, this is a fail safe recipe. I didn't print the whole thing out so messed up in almost every way, but it still came out absolutely wonderful. This is a keeper by all means.
This was a very yummy cake! I didn't have any 'white sugar', so I added about a cup of powdered sugar (maybe more) to the mix so the topping was a little thicker. It still soaked into the cake, but it had a nice frosting on top. My family gobbled it up!! UPDATE: I used all 7 flavors (I got a lot of funny looks at the grocery store buying 6 of them at once, and nothing else), and it turned out wonderful! I only had regular powdered sugar on hand, so I mixed a LOT of powdered sugar in the glaze mix and it made a great clear icing. Everyone loved it!