Ok, folks... this is the one you've been waiting for! I had high hopes that Martha's July cake would rank highly in our household, and we were not disappointed. The cake for July is the Berry Pound Cake with Whipped Cream, and I mixed this one up for our Fourth of July celebration (yes, my posts are getting a bit behind...).
The recipe for the pound cake looked pretty straightforward - the only thing that surprised me was the amount of sugar - and my mixer made short work of the batter. The recipe makes two loaves of pound cake - here are mine ready to go into the oven:
and here they are coming out - perfectly golden:
One of the big reliefs about this recipe was that I didn't have to purchase any special equipment to make these... I already had the 2 loaf pans in the right size (admittedly a bit worn, but totally functional) and I also didn't have to hunt down any rare or unusual ingredients. Sometimes, easy is good!
The whipped cream was equally simple - just whip the cream with a touch of sugar for sweetness. Martha's presentation called for both cakes to be covered in whipped cream, and then a bed of raspberries placed on one and blueberries placed on the other:
This would be great if we had been serving the dessert at a party, but since it was just the three of us, I decided not to cover both loaves with whipped cream so that they could get soggy. Instead, I sliced the pound cake and embellished each one. Here is a sampling from chez buzzville:
The red, white and blue scheme was very festive, and we've been getting *incredible* berries this year! How did it fare? Unanimously, this cake was buttery, moist, and light. Combined with the cream and berries, it's the perfect, light dessert for the warm summer days we've been having. It went especially well with the barbecue we feasted on for the 4th. Later, we also served it with warm, sliced peaches smothered in whipped cream, and it was just as yummy. I definitely rate this recipe the easiest to make thus far, and, combined with the delicious results, this probably gives it an overall top ranking. Let me know if you decide to make it - I'd love to hear what you think!