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I’ve been thinking about pound cake a lot.  I don’t really know why I started to think about pound cake.  But as I was considering pound cake, it made me think of some of my first experiences with pound cake, namely Entemann’s pound cake (which is apparently called an “all butter loaf cake”), which is still the pound cake I think of in taste and texture when I think of pound cake.  None of that Sara Lee stuff.

I am going to continue to say pound cake.

Anyway, I remember asking my mother why pound cake was called “pound cake.”  I was confused because I thought maybe the cake itself was supposed to weigh a pound and it didn’t.  She told me it was because there was supposed to be a pound each of all the ingredients that went into a cake.  Oh.  Makes sense.

But then I looked at the ingredient list for commercially prepared pound cake.

Aside: You know what?  I think Entemann’s pound cake used to be called pound cake and they changed it to all butter loaf cake later because it isn’t really pound cake anymore as they don’t follow the pound of everything recipe. /end

Commercially prepared pound cake has an awful lot of stuff in it.  Just like most commercially prepared foods.  It’s one of the joys of living in an industrialized nation and industrializing our food manufacture.  But as a child, I did not know that.  I just thought that it didn’t make any sense to have a pound each of everything in the ingredient list.  No way is there a pound of salt with the pound of sugar.  The cake isn’t salty.  Something is wrong.

Well yes.  Something is wrong.  Because commercially prepared pound cake, and most cakes we consider pound cakes today, are derivatives of the original recipe.  The original recipes (as I could find them) state that there should be a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour all mixed and then baked in a slow oven (300-325deg F) for about an hour.  But that results in a heavyish cake.  There’s no leavening.  Or other flavoring besides your butter and sugar.  So people started adding stuff.  A lot of old recipes I saw added brandy or whiskey.  I see that various citrus rinds are used a lot for flavoring too.  And of course lots of bakers added baking powder so that the cake wouldn’t be so dense.

But I want to know what a real pound cake tastes like.  The original pound cake.  And since you cannot buy these things, I made one myself.  Or rather, I made six.  Mini ones.  And I had halved the recipe because I didn’t want that much cake.  So it was more of a half-pound cake.

Anyway.

I creamed the butter and sugar.  Then I added the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated.  Incidentally, a half-pound of eggs is about four extra large eggs.  And then I added the flour in two installments, mixing until just incorporated.  The resulting batter is quite thick.  I portioned the batter out into my mini loaf tins and threw them into the oven preheated to 325deg F for 50min.

WP_20141118_16_07_45_ProThe batter was REALLY thick.  You can see how difficult it was for the bubbles to escape.  I probably should have shaken the pan a bit before baking to release the air bubbles.

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The tiniest pound cake!

In terms of taste and texture, it’s kind of like a really soft shortbread cookie, which makes sense since the ingredients are pretty much the ingredients for a shortbread cookie.  The cake doesn’t have much rise to it, which also makes sense since there’s no leavening.  I kind of like the mini loaf because it means the outside edges are nice and crisp (from all that butter) but the inside is nice and soft.

I think I prefer Entemann’s still.  Next time, I’ll probably add some baking powder, vanilla extract, maybe some brandy because that sounds kind of good, lemon rind?, and a dash of salt.

Um…I had said most likely Monday, after all.  I’m still meeting quota.

Anyway, for awhile now at work, I and some other people have noticed that there are a few of us that perform really well together.  We get projects finished.  We can take projects that have gone terribly wrong and make them better again.  We don’t have to be constantly monitored.  We get our jobs done.  We have it together.  And we’ve decided (ok fine, one other coworker and I have decided) that we should be SATOAWAC.  That is, the Super
Awesome
Team
of
Awesome
with
a
Cape

Why that name?  Why not?

Right now, there are four members.  We’re looking for a fifth.  Why do we need a fifth?  Because think of all the super robot teams of Japanese pop culture.  You know, like Voltron or even the Mighty Morhpin Power Rangers, which was partly based on Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger.

Well, I had a really great conversation about this with that one other coworker about this whole thing.  I think the idea is really starting to be fleshed out.  I’ll keep you posted…I guess.  But seriously, I have some of the best conversations at work.

A-Pusher  [16:00]:

Random Guy  4:00 PM

you all have a cape?
or do you share teh same cape?

Me  [16:25]:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Well, it’s the Super Awesome Team of Awesome with a Cape.  It’s going to have to be the team with a cape.  Not members of the team with capes.

A-Pusher  [16:26]:

yes… i told him it’s one large cape
and we share it
cause thats more ridic

Me  [16:27]:

Maybe we form into this awesome robot fighting creature thing.
Voltron. Or Power Rangers.
Or…any number of other Japanese super teams.
You can be the pink one.

A-Pusher  [16:27]:

u should def be the pink one

Me  [16:27]:

No no, I’m no token female character.
You’re the token female character.

A-Pusher  [16:28]:

LOL

Me  [16:28]:

Who’s the red one?  Pretty Boy or Penguin?
I’ll be…the yellow one.  Or if possible, the green one.
The separate one.

A-Pusher  [16:28]:

no no.. Pretty Boy should be the green one
who leaves
and comes back as the white one

Me  [16:28]:

Hahahahaha.
They always have the same color scheme.
Voltron had the same colors.
Oh!
I WANT TO BE THE DISEMBODIED HEAD!
Or the nerd.
I’d be ok with being the nerd.
That would make me the blue one.
You’re def the pink one.
And we need another member.

A-Pusher  [16:30]:

HAHAHAH

Me  [16:30]:

There’s always 5.
I wonder if I can draw this.

A-Pusher  [16:31]:

who would be the 5th?

Me  [16:31]:

I dunno.
We really could use a mechanical…

A-Pusher  [16:31]:

yeah.. but none of them are SATOAWAC material

Me  [16:32]:

Think we could entice [the guy who left] back?

A-Pusher  [16:32]:

no.. he’s a goner

Me  [16:32]:

I think he’s potentially SATOAWAC material.

A-Pusher  [16:32]:

it was

Me  [16:32]:

It .

A-Pusher  [16:32]:

i reallly liked [the guy who left]

Me  [16:32]:

It

A-Pusher  [16:32]:

hahahahaha
he was

Me  [16:32]:

Well, who else is mechanical?

A-Pusher  [16:33]:

Russell

Me  [16:33]:

I’ve worked with Chipmunk a little and he’s nice…
But I’m not sure if he’s SATOAWAC material.

A-Pusher  [16:33]:

yeah…

Me  [16:33]:

Russell would clash with Pretty Boy in wanting to be red, I think.
I’m just going to say that Pretty Boy beat out Penguin to be the head of the robot.

A-Pusher  [16:33]:

hahahahahahaha

Me  [16:33]:

Penguin can be…the black one?

A-Pusher  [16:33]:

oh man.. Penguin would be so sad

Me  [16:34]:

I’ll be blue.  I’ve decided I want to be the nerd.

A-Pusher  [16:34]:

banished to a mear arm

Me  [16:34]:

mear
Penguin is the one that dances.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I JUST PICTURED THIS.
I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING.

A-Pusher  [16:34]:

HAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAH
ME TOOOO

Me  [16:34]:

ESPECIALLY BECAUSE HE’S DRESSED LIKE PENGUIN FROM THE OLD ADAM WEST BATMANS.

A-Pusher  [16:35]:

HAHAHAHAHA
oh poor Penguin
hahahaha

Me  [16:35]:

Um…
Maybe you shouldn’t tell him I said this.
Russell can’t be the red one either.

A-Pusher  [16:35]:

def not the red

Me  [16:35]:

But Burgess Meredith is still my favorite Penguin of all time.

A-Pusher  [16:35]:

a mechanical is not going to be the leader

Me  [16:35]:

He was a classy Penguin.
Not very dopey.

A-Pusher  [16:36]:

i guess Russell could be the yellow
hahahaha

Me  [16:36]:

I’m pretty sure Russell would fight Pretty Boy for the red.

A-Pusher  [16:36]:

Russell doesn’t get red
he’s lucky he got yellow

Me  [16:36]:

hahahahha.
Does he though?
Is there another mechanical?
I’m going to recruit Grampaw to be the disembodied head.

A-Pusher  [16:37]:

HAHAHA
no… we just have to face the facts that our electrical team is just way better than our mechanical team

Me  [16:38]:

Hahaha.
Where do all the good mechanicals go?
hehehehe.
Penguin’s the black one.

A-Pusher  [16:38]:

AHHAHA
dance dance dance

Me  [16:38]:

As a penguin.

A-Pusher  [16:39]:

there are too many power randger spots to fill

Me  [16:39]:

Well, the original team was just 5.

A-Pusher  [16:39]:

potentially 6 with the green

Me  [16:39]:

Ahem.
Original team.

A-Pusher  [16:39]:

ok ok

Me  [16:39]:

If anyone is going to break off and do their own thing, it’ll be me.
I’m the loner!
I’ll give up my spot as the nerd!

A-Pusher  [16:39]:

HAHAHAHA
nope
u already picked

Me  [16:40]:

Anyhoo.
5 is standard.

A-Pusher  [16:40]:

you already went from yellow to blue
you can’t keep switching

Me  [16:40]:

I don’t even know what yellow did other than be the other girl.
Who wasn’t even a girl in the original.

A-Pusher  [16:40]:

yellow was the just the asian girl
the end

Me  [16:40]:

Who wasn’t supposed to be a girl.
Was added in for the US audiences.
And yellow is a neutral color.

A-Pusher  [16:41]:

obviously not since she didn’t have a skirty thing like the pink one

Me  [16:41]:

Imma be blue. I don’t care.
I’m going to be the nerd and build things.
And be socially awkward.
But make all kinds of “improvements” to the robot.

A-Pusher  [16:42]:

ill skip around and go la la la la la

Me  [16:42]:

The Penguin will dance.

A-Pusher  [16:42]:

and push A

Me  [16:42]:

HAHAHAHAHAHAH
Pretty Boy will do all the work.

A-Pusher  [16:42]:

Pretty Boy will shake his head at us

Me  [16:42]:

What does Russell do?

A-Pusher  [16:42]:

oh.. yes.. Pretty Boy has to be the head

Me  [16:43]:

Be the Asian guy?
We already have three Asians.

A-Pusher  [16:43]:

so he can shake it in disappointment

Me  [16:43]:

He can’t be the token Asian.

A-Pusher  [16:43]:

Russell is just a temporary filler

Me  [16:43]:

hahahah
Yes, it’ll be like Survivor and we’ll vote him off the island.

A-Pusher  [16:43]:

he would be so happy that he’s just a temporary spot holder

Me  [16:44]:

He would complain that he should be the red one.

A-Pusher  [16:44]:

its getting dark already

Me  [16:44]:

yup

A-Pusher  [16:44]:

everyone else would be the red one before him

Me  [16:44]:

Refuse.
I will not be the red one.

A-Pusher  [16:44]:

hahahaha

Me  [16:44]:

I will refuse to assemble.
And do my own thing.

A-Pusher  [16:45]:

HAHAHHAAHHAHAHA
Just pictured everyone morphing… and we are missing a head bc u refuse to
and the red running away
head

Me  [16:46]:

Hahaha.
I would dump paint on myself or something too so I wouldn’t be red.
You guys wouldn’t be able to put on the cape either.
Because the whole team has to be there.
And the cape magically appears.
What are the constituent animals of the robot anyway?
Do we each pick one?
And do we need to have a theme?

A-Pusher  [16:48]:

i dont remember the animals
a lion sounds familiar
or something like that
i wanna be a……
i wanna go home hahaha

Me  [16:50]:

Lions were Voltron.
They were all lions.
Um, the OG Power Rangers were dinosaurs I think?
Maybe?

A-Pusher  [16:50]:

oh yeah