She Knew I Was Coming, So She Baked a Cake

Some people are givers and some are takers. Period. My friend Linda is just one of those people who gives and gives, always willing to jump on when needed. It’s not like she doesn’t have enough on her own plate. She and her husband have four children – ages 18 months to 12 years – but with kids always in tow, her gentle and kind ways calm us and reassure us that we have an unwaivering friend who seems to desire your comfort more than her own. Now, that’s hospitality.

I’m not sure what I did that day to deserve this heavenly pound cake. But, Linda gave it to me warm from the oven with berries and freshly whipped cream. She and her little girl, Bella, made the cake together. Bella, tucked behind her mother, smiled impishly as they gave me the cake. I don’t know what it was that day, but I needed that cake. Her kindness was right on time. For me, it was the best pound cake I have ever eaten. Thank you Linda and Bella. Here’s the recipe.

Sour Cream Pound Cake

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional; Linda usually omits this because she likes just the vanilla flavor)
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar till fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Stir in extract. Add flour, powder, soda, and salt. Add sour cream. Bake in a 12-cup, greased, fluted pan for one hour. Cool ten minutes in pan then remove.

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