A few weeks ago was our church anniversary and this sweet woman Sister Ruth has been coming for a few months now and she told me that she wanted to make a cake. I accepted her offer because that meant 1 less thing that I had to do, but I must be honest, I am always skeptical of other people’s food. Whew, got that off my chest. This skepticism runs back to childhood when I would tell my mom not to put certain people’s dishes on my plate after afternoon church service. I’m not snobby, I just don’t like everyone’s cooking. 😉
So, back to the church anniversary. Sister Ruth dropped the cake getting out of the car (don’t ask) so part of it was a bit deformed, but since I was slicing it up, it didn’t matter. During the slicing, I happened to taste a part that fell off and oh imagine my surprise – moist, delicate, buttery and gooooooood!!!! In the midst of the festivities, I eyed that there were only a few slices of her cake left, so I did what anyone with a brain would do…I grabbed the foil paper and snagged me a few pieces. That’s right, I did and then I went even further by taking them to my car for safe keeping.
Sister Ruth had already left before my crazed antics, so the next week, I had to ask her for her recipe. LIke most good cooks – she just rattled it off. I have been given permission to share, so here it is…
3 sticks of butter (unsalted of course)
3 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond or lemon extract
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, add eggs 1 at a time and mix well after each addition. Alternate adding the flour and milk being sure to end with milk. Bake at 350 degrees until tested for doneness. (Note: Being a pound cake, don’t judge by color). Remove from pan, let cool, and dust with confectioner’s sugar. Enjoy!!