Kwanzaa Inspired Sour Cream Pound Cake

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 large eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup buttermilk

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and lightly flour a 10-by-5-inch loaf pan, tapping out any excess flour.

In a medium bowl, whisk the 3 cups of flour with the baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the 2 sticks of butter with the granulated sugar and vanilla at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. At low speed, beat in the eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Beat in the sour cream. Beat in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk in 2 alternating additions, scraping down the bowl, just until well combined.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake for about 1 hour and 40 minutes, until golden and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and let cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.


Yield: 8 servings