Are you famous for an edible delight? My mother is famous for her Bundt Pound Cakes. It is one of her trademarks, baked in the legendary bundt pan, right. She makes them regularly, slices them and puts wax paper between slices and freezes them in or just freezes the cake whole. One of my childhood memories is standing beside her, helping her mix the batter and licking the bowl afterwards.
It is a signature of her hospitality and a symbol of how she cares for her friends in life, death and trauma. It is also a mother-t0-daughter tradition passed down through generations. Pound cakes are believed to be the first cakes ever made. The original historical recipe? A pound of everything - hence Pound Cake.
When anybody dies, she is quickly there...with a Pound Cake. When anybody stops over unexpectedly, there is a slice of Pound Cake. When she came to see me this summer, she put a whole bag of cake slices on ice and drove them here and plopped them right into my freezer.
So, becoming nostaligic, I dug out my mother's famous Bundt cake recipe to share it after realizing the importance of this cake to my childhood and her lifestyle as well as finding out about the American story behind the pan she always used.
I am not a baker. But the pleasure of her cake and the researching the history of the bundt pan made me want to bake a little with my youngest daughter before she flies the nest. She, too, should know this tradition to be able to pass it on! With all of our moves, I can't find my bundt pan. H. David Dalquist, at the request of a Jewish woman wanting to recreate her grandmother's bundkuchen, made in what she called a bund pan (bund in German meant "gathering of people"), created what he named the Bundt pan in 1950. By 1960 it was the top selling baking pan in America. When a Texas woman in 1966 won the Pillsbury Bake Off with her Tunnel Fudge Cake made in the Bundt pan, sales of the cake pan took off. When Dalquist died in 1950, it was the top selling cake pan in the world.
3 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks oleo margarine softened
1/2 pint sour cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
Cream oleo and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Blend in sour cream & flour, alternately. Grease and flour a Bundt pan. Start the cake in a cold oven. Set temperature at 300. Bake two hours. Never peak before cake has baked one hour. Garnish with love and a little powdered sugar. Share with friends!