Nicely Dense Pound Cake for Decorating

Last weekend I made cake and cupcakes for my son’s birthday.  I needed cake and cupcakes that were dense enough to be trimmed into shape, and tried a few different recipes.  This one from last week was very tasty, but too crumbly for this purpose.  So I tried another, and it worked out well!

Although not my regular pound cake recipe (this is my grandma’s pound cake!) this is the pound cake I used to make the clone trooper cupcakes, and the body of the Perry the Platypus cake.

(If you’re interested, go see the tutorial at Dabbled on how to decorate the cupcake into Clone Trooper Helmets.  You’ll also need the Marshmallow Fondant.–>)

  • 2 1/4 c cake flour, sifted.
  • 1 1/4 teas salt
  • 1 teas baking powder
  • 2/3 c shortening
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 teas vanilla
  • 2/3 c milk
  • 3 eggs

Cream sugar, shortening for 3 minutes, on medium speed.  Add milk and vanilla, mixing.

Sift together dry ingredients, and add slowly.  Beat for 2 minutes on low.

Add eggs 1 at a time, beating for 1 minute after each.

Grease pan well.  I like to use a sling of parchment paper for ease of removal.

Bake at 300 for ~1 hr 25 minutes.

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