California Central Coast Recipes
Sour Cream, Butter and Lemon Pound Cake©2017 TheRomanticTable.com
I have a funny story to tell you about this cake.
A major incident happened that became part of the "McGourty Folklore."This happened a month or so before my husband and I were married-- when I was still getting "to know" my future family.
One day while I was staying with his parents, in Aptos California making preparations for our upcoming wedding at the Santa Cruz Mission, I was helping my husband's mother with the cleaning of the household. I was finishing up my chores while she was busily making something for dinner. She realized that she needed to make a quick trip to the grocery store for some ingredients for that night's dinner. As she was leaving the house, she told me "Susie you're the only one that I can trust to take care of my cake, please take the cake out when the timer goes off."
My father-in-law, who was very intimidating to me at the time and never seemed to crack a smile was sitting at the kitchen table talking with his closest friend (and brother-in-law) Uncle Jack. I finished-up what I was doing and waited for the timer to go off. The timer went off; I got the hot-pads, and opened the oven door. There I saw a cake in a tube pan that looked just like an Angel Food Cake. Quickly I asked my father-in law where I could find an empty Coke bottle. He looked at me in bewilderment and asked what I needed a Coke bottle for? I said "there's an Angel Food Cake in the oven and it needs to be inverted" (which is standard for angel food cakes while they cool). So he motioned me toward the pantry.
In the pantry, I found an awfully old and dusty Coke bottle. So I grabbed it and quickly washed it and inverted the heavy cake over the neck of the bottle. Now my husband-to-be had told me that his mother was a great cook, but try as she might, his mother just couldn't make an Angel Food Cake. From the "heaviness" of this cake I thought that it definitely wasn't a good Angel Food Cake! Then I started to leave the kitchen to go to see what my betrothed and his siblings were doing in the game room.
All of a sudden, behind me there was a huge crash-bang-boom. I looked around and saw my father-in-law and Uncle Jack with big ear-to-ear "bunny rabbit smiles and laughter" on their faces as the cake and the bottle had fallen and split all over the counter and the floor. Then I heard running feet. I watched in horror as my future husband and his siblings sampled the fallen cake pieces on the counter as they picked up the remaining pieces on the floor.
"Oh MY God" I screamed! No-no we've got to put that back together! No I'll make a new one!" What kind of Angel Food Cake is it?" --- It wasn't an Angel Food Cake--far from it! It was this treasured recipe of his grandmother's Pound Cake! Boy ! Was I ever embarrassed!"
There was one good thing about the "Pound Cake Incident" though. It really broke the ice with my father-in law. That's how I figured out that he was just "testing me" and trying to see how much gruff I would take from him. He was really a softy down deep.
You'll love this cake! --It's so reliable! Not a Prima donna like a cheesecake! Your friends and family will love it! It serves AT LEAST ten to fifteen people. If you keep it refrigerated in a "cookie tin" it'll keep for weeks. It is most yummy served with tea or coffee.
This cake tastes best made a day or two ahead of serving so the flavors intensify.
Cooking time: 1 hour and 10 minutes