Vanilla Bean Pound Cake with Rum Caramel Sauce

    "[This pound cake] is rich and dense, heavy with vanilla flavor and soaked with rum, and will warm you from inside out. It is the perfect cake to whip up as snow falls outside your window, and lovely to share the next day with friends who walk a mile through two feet of fluff to visit with you." -Andrea

    Recipe adapted from Paula Deen and Bon Appetit courtesy of Bella Eats
    Photo copyrighted by Andrea Hubbell Photography


    Ingredients

    Cake ingredients:
    • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
    • 2-1/2 cups sugar
    • 5 large eggs
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
    • 1/2 tsp fine salt
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 vanilla bean

    Rum Caramel Sauce ingredients:
    • 1 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1 stick unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 2 tbsp spiced or dark rum **Relay note: sorry, folks, we don't sell rum--hope you have some at home!

    Instructions

    For the cake:
    1. Preheat oven to 350*. Butter and flour a tube cake pan, knocking excess flour from pan.
    2. With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and shortening. Add the sugar a little at a time, and blend well. Add eggs one at a time, blending after each addition.
    3. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add to the butter mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the milk, starting with the flour and ending with flour. Mix in the vanilla and the scraped-out insides of the vanilla bean.
    4. Pour into your buttered and floured baking pan and smooth the top of the batter. Bake for 60-75 minutes, until the top is starting to turn golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on rack completely before removing from pan.

    For the rum caramel sauce:
    1. In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt your butter. Stir in sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add cream and rum and bring to a simmer, cooking until sauce thickens and is reduced to about 1-1/2 cups, about 5 minutes.
    2. Drizzle rum sauce over individual slices of cake.

    3. Sauce can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Refrigerate, and reheat on stovetop when ready to serve.

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