Well, it happened. Someone decided to challenge me to another bake-off at work. Let me remind you the last time someone decided to challenge me to a bake-off…well, all you really need to know is I kicked Little Debbie’s ass. Ok, fine. I guess if you want the whole story, you can read it here.
So this edition of Office Bake-off was with lemon pound cake. Another co-worker of mine told me his mom had an excellent lemon pound cake recipe that she passed on to him. He then proceeded to tell me that his mom’s recipe could beat any lemon pound cake that I made. Oh, no he didn’t.
I used this lemon poppyseed pound cake recipe that I’d been saving. My other co-worker LOVES lemon poppyseed pound cake so I was going to make it for her eventually. Now, I finally had a reason!
Gorgeous, right?! I’m pretty happy with how evenly distributed the poppyseeds are throughout the loaf. See, the problem with adding any fruit or nut or chips to a cake or muffin mixture is that they tend to sink to the bottom. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, you have to mix the add-in with about a 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of flour. It really works!
Ok, so now for the results. The two pound cakes couldn’t be more different. To be honest, I think the only think they had in common was the lemon flavor. His cake was supper fluffy, while mine was more dense. His had no icing, while mine (obviously) did. His was a Bundt cake, while mine was a loaf. Both, however, were very delicious. And that’s saying a lot because I absolutely hate lemon desserts of any kind. But both had a very mild lemon flavor that did not over-power the dessert at all.
But there can only be one winner…And it was me! It was a very close vote: 6-4. I can’t tell you why others liked mine more. All I can say is that my co-workers better watch out next time they wanna challenge me. I’m 2 for 2, baby!
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Recipe (adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen)
|My new micro-plane! If you don’t have one of these, invest in one. It makes zesting a breeeeeze. It took less than a minute to zest this whole lemon. Amazing.|
|Folding in the poppyseeds. You want to make sure you fold them in softly; do not over mix! If you over mix, then you risk having all the seeds sink to the bottom. And we don’t want that.|