This Brown Sugar Pound cake is dense and moist, and the combination of brown sugar and maple flavoring makes it an instant hit. The brown sugar icing alone is out of this world!
There’s not a whole lot that I love more than a really awesome pound cake. Mostly because they’re super easy to make, and when you drench them with a to-die-for brown sugar fabulous glaze…well, let’s just say that I ate more of this cake on my own than I should admit.
I have to tell you, I am sometimes weary of bundt-cake baking because I’ve had occasions when my cake didn’t come out of the pan perfectly. Even when I spray/flour/cross my fingers and hold my nose just right…sometimes my cakes just don’t want to cooperate. Needless to say, I’m always looking for that no-fail, make my life easy bundt pan. So when MightyNest contacted me about participating in their Bake Your Bundts Off Giveaway, well…I couldn’t resist. The Simax bundt pan they sent me was baking perfection – my cake slid RIGHT out of the pan, no problem.
The super-awesome, way cool thing about MightyNest is that everything from this e-company is natural, organic, and non-toxic. Plus, anytime you order from them, they give 15% back to the school of your choice. As a parent, I can’t tell you how much that means to our kids and our local schools. AND everything is seriously cute and fun. Check out what was in the box they sent me:
- Simax Glass Bundt Pan. Ohmygosh. This pan is seriously fantastic. I’ve always used teflon pans in the past, and they’re always super heavy and bulky. This pan was sooooo lightweight – and I love, love, love that I could see the entire cake as it was baking. Plus, it can handle temps in excess of 500 degrees F.
- Wooden Cake Box and Leather Strap. You guys. This Cake Box was my very favorite thing EVER. I often have to take cupcakes for functions at my kiddo’s school, and it always causes me all sorts of anxiety because I’ve never found a great way to transport that stuff without fear of destroying the frosting/toppers/decorations. No more! It has two slide out trays so you can use it to transport cupcakes; or you can remove the trays and use it for a 9-inch layer cake instead. Pure brilliance.
- Organic Tea Towel. I’m a sucker for cute towels. This one is made from 100% organic cotton and is handmade by a couple in Oregon.
- Glass Measuring Cups. This set of three Anchor-Hocking glass cups comes in 1-cup, 2-cup and 4-cup sizes. With an open handle and pour spout, these measuring cups are a must for the kitchen. I’m sort of addicted to using the 1-cup size. It’s perfect for all sorts of things, and I’m wondering why I never had one of these before.
- Chemex coffeemaker and filters. I haven’t had a chance to try this coffeemaker yet, but it really looks like a super fun find for coffee connoisseurs. Designed by a chemist decades ago, this coffeemaker is LOVED by coffee purists for brewing coffee without any bitterness. Delicious! If you’re not a coffee fanatic like I am, you can brew tea in it as well.
- Stainless measuring spoons. These stainless steel measuring spoons are made from heavy gauge 18/8 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.
- Set of 4 glass mugs. With the holiday season fast-approaching, these 12-ounce mugs are perfect for entertaining.
- Set of 3 Stainless mixing bowls. So I have to admit – I’ve never had stainless steel mixing bowls before. And now I can’t imagine using anything else. I’ve been using the heck out of these things; they’re sturdy and just the right size – especially if you have little helpers in the kitchen.
And here’s the super great news: MightyNest is going to give one of you a box of goodies just like I received – PLUS, they’ll donate $100 to the school of your choice! Just click below to enter – believe me, you don’t want to miss out on this giveaway valued at $350!
- 1½ cups light brown sugar
- ¾ cup unsalted butter
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons maple extract
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon maple extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch bundt pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the remaining ingredients, and beat at low speed until mixed, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase the mixing speed to medium and beat for 4 minutes. Fold in walnuts, if using.
- Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, the remove from the pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Heat brown sugar, butter and milk in a 1-quart saucepan until the mixture boils and the sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
- In a small bowl at high speed, beat powdered sugar, maple extract and brown sugar mixture until smooth. Spoon over the top of your cooled cake.