Pound Cake with Orange Essence

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated January/February 2007

Don't be fooled by its short ingredient list—pound cake is far from simple. More often than not, it bakes up heavy, squat, and dense.

SERVESMakes one 9 by 5-inch loaf

TIME2 hours, plus 20 minutes softening and 2 hours cooling

Pound Cake with Orange Essence

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

We retooled the classic pound cake recipe to make it ultra-plush every time. Our first big discovery was to start with chilly 60-degree butter, since room-temperature butter became too warm after all the creaming that was needed to combine ...

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