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Brown Sugar Pound Cake


My mom's brown sugar pound cake has a big fan base, myself included. I don't have a huge sweet tooth, and while I'll do a sliver of pecan pie or German chocolate cake, it's trusty old brown sugar pound cake that dominates my dessert plate at Thanksgiving.

Her cake is prepared a day or so in advance in tube pans (I'm always confused my the loaf pan varieties used in some regions), and it is sheer torture to wait for cake cuttin' day. The tender interior crumb contrasts with the nearly crunchy, browned edges of this substantial, but not too dense cake. And the molten brown sugar crystals transform into a dessert that has a faintly caramel flavor and is perfectly sweetened to take a scoop of ice cream on the side.

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