This week's SMS was chosen by Michele of Veggie Num Nums: perfect pound cake! I debated about whether to make this recipe as written or change it up a bit since it's such a wonderful blank slate. In the end, I decided to go with just a few minor modifications. First, I substituted almond extract for about 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract. Also, I used an idea for a vanilla-sugar glaze I'd seen in one of King Arthur Flour's recipes for pound cake. The glaze consists of a combination of sugar, water and vanilla extract (I used half vanilla extract and half almond extract) and is drizzled over the top of the batter before the cake is baked.
I cut the cake this morning to try it and thought it was fantastic! The crumb is perfect and though the cake was dense, it wasn't dry. I loved the glaze I'd added - it really gave the cake a sweet, crunchy top and those were undoubtedly my favorite bites of the cake. Thanks to Michele for a great pick this week! The recipe can be found here and you can see how the other cakes turned out by visiting the SMS site.