Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sun Drop Pound Cake





This is my maiden blog posting here at Southern Specialties, and I am going to start out with a food that is undoubtedly southern. . . Sun Drop Pound Cake!!!  Sun Drop is a golden carbonated beverage that is so heavenly that angels gather near when someone opens a new can (maybe they are just on standby due to the fact that the caffeine content has been known to give some the heart flutters).  Seriously though, it's the stuff that dreams are made of.  To say that I am addicted to this amazing substance would be an understatement, for sure.  Until recently, Sun Drop has been a regional drink, appearing only in a few areas of the country, but it is my understanding that it is now starting to be available nationwide.  I have made many, many pound cakes over the years, but just made my very first ever Sun Drop Pound Cake last night.  It is divine!  I actually remembered to get pictures as I went along, so that's why Sun Drop Pound Cake is my first blogging subject.

Also, as you might know, we are a NASCAR family. So, for those who might be interested in the NASCAR aspect, it is my understanding that this cake was Dale Earnhardt's favorite cake which his mom, Martha, made for him.  Supposedly, Dale Earnhardt was quoted as saying about this cake, " If you put a piece on top of your head, your tongue will beat your brains out trying to get to it"  If the Intimidator thinks this cake is that good, then it MUST be good!  :)

 

 

  Hope you all enjoy!!!  :)



First of all, gather your ingredients.  I like to have everything all laid out ahead of time.  It makes the process of assembling whatever I am making much simpler!  You will need:


A greased and floured tube pan (without the removable bottom).  You could also use a bundt pan.
3 cups of All Purpose Flour
3 cups of sugar
½ cup of shortening (I only use Crisco)
5 eggs, room temp is best
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup of Sun Drop
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
2  teaspoons lemon flavoring
NOTE: Do NOT preheat your oven.  This cake goes into a cold oven, so you don't turn the oven on until you put the cake in.


To begin, put the butter, sugar, and shortening into your mixing bowl.





Mix them until they come together into a nice creamy texture.  




Next, add your eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.



Your batter will have a nice golden hue now.  :)




 Now you will begin to add your flour and Sun Drop.  Add them alternately with each other.  I do this in about three segments:  one-third of the flour, then one-third of the Sun Drop, then repeat until it's all added. Mix well.




Always make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl a few times as you mix, to ensure that all of the good stuff on the bottom gets mixed in, too.


Last of all, add your flavorings and mix.



  Now that we have our cake batter ready, it's time to add it to our greased & floured tube pan.  This batter is thick.  Make sure you spread it into your pan evenly.


Next, place your cake into a COLD oven, then turn the oven to 325°.  You will bake the cake for
1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Make sure you let your cake get plenty brown.  Pound cake tends to look done on top but still have a ribbon of raw batter in the center.  Don't rush it!


 When your cake is finished, let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes or so
 before turning it out onto a plate.



I like to turn my cake so that the rounded part is on top, but some people like for the square part to be on top.  Either way you prefer is fine.


Next, we will make our glaze for the top of the cake.  You will need:

¼ cup of Sun Drop
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Alternately, you may use milk in the place of Sun Drop for a traditional glaze.


Dump all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until they are thoroughly combined.



Then, just drizzle the glaze over your still warm cake.

All finished!


All we need now is a nice cup of coffee with our slice of heaven!  :)


For those of you who like to skip to the recipe, here you go:

Sun Drop Pound Cake

3 cups of All Purpose Flour
3 cups of sugar
½ cup of shortening (I only use Crisco)
5 eggs, room temp is best
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup of Sun Drop
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
2  teaspoons lemon flavoring

Combine sugar, shortening, and butter in mixing bowl until creamy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Next, add flour and Sun Drop alternately.  Last of all, add flavorings.  Pour into a greased and floured tube pan and place in a COLD oven.  Turn oven to 325° and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes our clean.

Glaze:

¼ cup of Sun Drop
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.  Drizzle over warm cake.

Have a great day!!!  :)

13 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Daphne! I hope you and your crowd love it! :)

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  2. I'm so glad you started a blog!! You are always cooking great looking stuff!! Can't wait to see what you post next!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah!!! I'm not sure what I'll blog about next. Probably whatever I get a craving for tomorrow! :)

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  3. I'll be making this for Christmas this year. My husband's granny makes these and the family loves them but she won't give out her recipe so we'll see how mine turns out!! Thank you and i look forward to seeing if you have any other posts I can use!

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    1. Jamie,

      Thanks so much for the comment! I have made this cake many times since this post, and I wanted to add this bit of info: I have discovered that if you make the glaze with 2 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and one ounce of Sundrop, it turns out so much better. The butter in the glaze just makes it taste amazing!

      I started this blog and only had this post and one other before life got in the way! I am hoping to begin posting again before long. I have lots of great family recipes!

      Thank you again for the comment. I hope you all enjoy this cake. It is always a big hit around here! :)

      Candy

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  4. Can you put this is two loaf pans?

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    1. Absolutely, Lisa! I have used two loaf pans for this recipe several times.

      Hope you enjoy!!!

      Candy

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  5. I made it tonight! I used the butter recipe glaze! It is incredible!

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    1. Amy,

      Thanks for the comment. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

      Have a great day!

      Candy

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  6. I want to make this for my mother ( she's a huge Dale fan ) and transport it to her, N.C. to Fla.. Any suggestions?

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  7. Hi! I apologize for the late reply. I just saw your comment! I have shipped this cake in loaves before. I put it in a vacuum seal bag and then inside a box that wouldn’t let it move around, then I put that box inside an even bigger one with plenty of packing. I made sure to write THIS SIDE UP on the box. I shipped it priority from NC to Chicago. It got there safely and was still fresh due to the vacuum bag. I hope you are able to get it to your mom and that she enjoys it! ❤️

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