Buttery, moist pound cake is bursting with orange goodness in these citrus-infused mini loaves that taste like sunshine and will have you dreaming of summer!
Y’all. I just got back from SNAP Conference to learn about building and improving this blog, and I’m still trying to process all of the amazing information I soaked in and all of the fabulous bloggers I met! I appreciate your patience over the past week or two as my blog schedule has been a little off and I took longer than usual to reply to comments and respond to e-mails due to my trip. But now I’m home and hugging my babies tight (yippee!), ready to get back in the swing of things and looking forward to life getting back to normal. I’m planning a little recap of SNAP soon for those of you who are interested in hearing more, but in the meantime, I have a new recipe to share. Yay!
April is coming to a close and we’ve officially reached 90-plus degrees in Texas. That didn’t take long, did it? It’s entirely possible that we’ll hit 100° by the end of May, which makes it incredibly hard for me to fathom the fact that some parts of the country are still getting snow! (Or did I miss the memo and the snow has finally stopped?)
Well, today I have the perfect recipe for those of you already
suffering through enjoying summer temps…as well as for those of you wistfully longing for warmer weather. These mini pound cake loaves are bursting with sunshine-y flavor, thanks to fresh squeezed orange juice, gorgeous flecks of orange zest, a soaking of orange-infused simple syrup, and a sweet and orangey glaze.
Don’t they just look happy? Take it from me…they taste happy, too. They’re moist, they’re sweet, they’re full of citrus goodness. You’ll want to make this recipe all summer long, whether it feels like that season has already arrived mid-spring, or whether it feels like it will never get here (y’all hang in there…it will!).
You could certainly make this pound cake in a Bundt pan, but I like to make mini loaves because it’s easy to freeze a couple of them if we’re not going to eat them all within a few days. It’s also fun to enjoy a loaf or two ourselves and then give the rest away. After all, these cute cakes make great gifts…who wouldn’t enjoy receiving a little loaf of sunshine?! I think they’d be perfect for end-of-school or teacher appreciation gifts coming up in May.
And finally? Mini loaves bake faster…and after enjoying the scent of buttery citrus emanating from the oven, you’ll be ready to slice into this yummy cake as soon as the timer goes off! Whatever pan size you choose to use, just be sure to grease and flour your pan(s) well. I even line my loaf pans with a strip of parchment paper to ensure that there’s no sticking.
So the next time you’re in a baking sort of mood, I hope you’ll keep this recipe in mind. Enjoying a slice of this sunny, citrus-infused pound cake, with its flecks of orange zest and sweet and puckery glaze, is the perfect way to celebrate (or hurry along!) warmer weather!
Adapted from FoodNetwork.com
Recipe originally posted at Or So She Says on Feburary 18, 2014
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