Eggnog Pound Cake, adapted from Dorie Greenspan's basic pound cake recipe
Apart from a great story, King's novel also had a mini recipe book in the back of the book. King thoughtfully included recipes for some of the key food items in the book - Al's famous burger, tuna salad and pound cake, which had special significance to George and Sadie's love story. When they began dating, Sadie was a virgin (even though she was a divorcee) and was embarrassed about sex (and it was 1960, premarital sex was still a no no), so the two of them started use "pound cake" as a euphemism for sex. While King included a traditional recipe for pound cake in the book, I decided to make my own recipe and to make it a little holiday festive by adding some eggnog flavors to it - simply dark rum and nutmeg. This is still a homey, basic cake that is great for snacking with some tea but rich enough to be a special dessert as well.
2 and 1/4 cup cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons dark rum
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and put rack in center of oven. Grease a roughly 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Put the loaf pan on top of a heavy baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
- In a small bowl or large mixing cup, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, vanilla and rum.
- In a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until creamy, about five minutes.
- Mix in the egg/sour cream mixture in 3 or 4 additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl in between.
- Last, add the flour in 2 or three batches and mix until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
- Place the loaf pan, on top of the baking sheet, in the oven and bake until golden and a tester comes out clean, approximately 60 minutes to 75 minutes.
- Let the cake cool, in the loaf pan on a rack.
- Once it is cooled, take it out of the pan - it should come out easily.
- for the glaze, in a small saucepan, combine the powdered sugar, nutmeg, rum and milk and heat over low heat, stirring until the glaze comes together and thickens.
- Pour the glaze over the cooled cake, let cool till glaze sets.