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Don's Pound Cake Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Don Hemphill
Added: Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 sticks unsalted Land O' Lakes butter
3/4 cup Crisco shortening
3 cups sugar
6 homegrown eggs
1 cup milk
3 heaping cups White Lily all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1 tsp. lemon flavoring

Directions:
Directions:
Go outside and check weather. If clouds are gathering or humidity is rising, go do something else. If clear or clearing, continue.
Take butter out of freezer several hours (depending on weather) before planning to make cake.
To begin cake, go to henhouse and gather eggs. Also check doghouse (as some hens are domestically confused). Determine which chicken laid which egg according to size, shape and color. Admire eggs while washing them. Set aside. Cream butter and shortening together. Add sugar and beat until 'fluffy'. Remove shells from eggs. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each. Alternate adding flour and milk beginning and ending with flour. Add flavorings.
Bake according to your own oven. Old oven worked for 90 min. at 325. New one works for 80 min. at 320. Best when warm and sliced thin.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
Depends on who's slicing.
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
Depends on how quickly cake is needed.
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is the way Don actually makes his cake. It all started in 1995 when Donna brought Don a piece of cake. Don said, "If you will give me your recipe, I will try it. I believe I can bake a cake. When my father's mother (Mary Ann Flack Hemphill) died, he cooked dinner, baked a pound cake, and walked to the Little Cemetery to take dinner for the six men who were digging his mother's grave. It took them six hours to dig it, as it was solid rock that had to be "picked" out." Athala adds,"Since then, you don't have to have a birthday for Don to bake you a cake. He enjoys it and is expert at it. He baked seven cakes for our 50th wedding anniversary, five for "our cake" and two for extras. At Britt and Bea's 50th, he baked nine cakes. Sometimes they would have a "sad" streak in them. I told him it was because it was cloudy, raining, or the humidity was rising." He doesn't bake anymore on cloudy days unless someone has a "cake emergency." People request them now and he always obliges--no charge.

 

 

 

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