Brown Sugar Caramel Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze

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Brown Sugar Caramel Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze is a modern twist on an old classic dessert, the pound cake. This cake is one that challenges every baker to see whether his or her culinary skill is good enough to make the standard that this demanding cake calls for. The original pound caked got its name because of the ingredients that it called for. In the original recipe, bakers blended one pound of butter with one pound of sugar, one pound of eggs and one pound of flour. Today, because we measure using cups and spoon measures, the idea of weight may seem like a strange one. However, measure by weight is what all commercial bakers follow in order to ensure an accurate measurement of each and every ingredient. That ensures consistency in the final outcome of the product from one bake to the next, an important aspect of the baking process.

In the pound cake, you might have noticed that the original contained no leavening agent. The baker had to use his skill to properly blend the butter and sugar to encase as much air as possible in the mixture, then add the eggs to do the same, and finally fold in the flour as lightly and little as possible to keep the batter light and airy. The bake was almost as important, since too little meant the cake would fall, and too much baking meant the cake would dry out. So the original pound cake was indeed a real reflection of the skill of the baker.

In this recipe, a few elements have been added to create a modern twist on this classic dessert. It does have leavening in it, which means that the blend is perhaps fractionally less critical to the rise. Still, take care in making this cake, which is a delightful and sophisticated blend of ingredients. Enjoy it soon.

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