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Girasole Pound Cake

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I needed to celebrate the new ceramics, right? So I baked a cream cheese pound cake. I am giving you the WHOLE pound cake recipe that is usually baked in a regular bundt pan. I used TWO THIRDS of this recipe to fit in my silicon sunflower (one layer) pan.
This is a dense, rich, delicious creamy cake with cream cheese to keep it moist.

12 tablespoons butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
6 eggs, at room temperature
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

Generously butter and flour a 10-cup bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and the cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and beat well (about 3 minutes).

Add the eggs one by one and beat well after each addition.

Sift the flour and salt together, and fold into the batter, alternating with the passionfruit purée. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. A wooden pick inserted into the middle should come out clean.

When cake is fully baked, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Let cook completely before removing from pan.

For the frosting, I used 1 stick butter, 4 oz. cream cheese, 1 t. vanilla, and 3 c. powdered sugar. Blend well, and use a pastry bag to decorate cake.

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Comments (9)

Wow-you amaze me! This cake is so gorgeous and I know it's got to be delicious too. I want a piece!

Beautiful!!!! I'm licking my monitor right now!

Your cake is just beautiful! How beautiful that must have been with your new ceramics. What a way to celebrate memories.

nancyhol:

What a beautiful cake! Too pretty to cut. Maybe not, though, because I am sure it tasted wonderful too!

Drooling profusely! Looks wonderful. I continue to be amazed at how creative you are!

Barb Cabot:

Oh My Goodness! This is such a ray of sunshine. What a beautiful cake! Strikingly beautiful and I bet it tastes as good as it looks. You're incredible. PS I'm going to Antonello's tomorrow for lunch with a woman from that I met in my ital. class. I'll be thinking of you.

Palma, this is spectacular! I know you enjoyed every minute of making this cake....well, and I'm sure eating it was fun, too! Yum.

chiaro:

Palma, your cake and ceramics look lovely.
I just popped in to your blog to see if you were having your GTG this Oct.
Didn't see anything about it.
chiaro

!!! W O W !!!

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