National Pound Cake Day Cake

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I had to make up for missing National Pound Cake Day!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups unsalted butter, softened
3 1/2 cups sugar
6 large eggs + 6 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups flour

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 350F and generously grease and flour a 10″ tube pan. Shake out excess flour and set aside.

Place your butter in a large bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the butter until it is creamy and smooth.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the sugar. Beat until the ingredients are well combined and light and fluffy (about 1-2 minutes).

In a separate, medium-sized bowl, combine your eggs, egg yolks, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt.
Use a fork to lightly beat the eggs until egg yolks are broken up and salt and vanilla are incorporated.

With mixer on low speed, slowly pour egg mixture into your batter, allowing it to gradually become incorporated.  Break it up into 6 parts. Once all of the egg mixture is incorporated, pause to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, then increase speed to medium-high and beat for another 1-2 minutes.

Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually, about 1/4 cup at a time, add flour to the batter until all has been added.

Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl and stir again on medium speed until well-combined and beat for another minute.

Spread batter evenly into prepared tube pan, use a spatula to smooth the surface of the batter.

Transfer to oven and bake for an hour and ten to an hour and fifteen  minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center of the thickest part of the cake comes out clean or ideally with a few moist crumbs (do NOT over-bake this cake or it will be dry).

Allow cake to cool for at least 20 minutes then run a knife around the sides of the tube pan and the center.

Carefully invert pound cake onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before serving.
Decorate however you like.
I got the recipe here.

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