All-Occasion Vanilla Pound Cake

"From Warren Brown, a wonderful cake for every day or any special occasion! The addition of potato starch provides even more moistness."
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  • Place a rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour with potato starch, vanilla powder, salt, and baking soda and whisk gently to blend.
  • In another large mixing bowl, combine sour cream, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and liquors and whisk gently to combine.
  • Add butter and sugar to the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment; slice open vanilla pod and scrape in black seeds and begin blending on low speed.
  • After 2-3 minutes, add eggs and extra yolk, one at a time, waiting until each is fully incorporated before adding next egg.
  • Continuing on low speed, alternately add dry and wet mixtures, little by little (move swiftly through this step to avoid overworking the batter, it should take no more than 1 minute).
  • Stop mixer, scrape down sides of bowl and along bottom and mix on medium speed for 15 to 20 seconds, until batter is consistenly smooth.
  • Spray a large (11 1/2 cup) Bundt pan with an oil/starch spray; fill pan three-quarters full and level it with a rubber spatula (use any leftover batter for cupcakes).
  • Bake 45 minutes; test for doneness by inserting a bamboo skewer into center and removing it: when skewer shows just a touch of crumbs, remove cake from oven and cool for 5 to 10 minutes on a flat surface.
  • Remove cake from pan and allow to cool completely.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve with whipped cream and berries, if desired.

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