Sunshine Pound Cake. Like Sexual Napalm, But Lemony.


Cake, Desserts, Lemon Love, Originals / Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I just read that Jessica Simpson is going to appear on “Oprah” this Friday to complain about John Mayer calling her “sexual napalm.”

What’s wrong with being sexual napalm?

MUST I BEAR THIS BURDEN ALONE?

Of course not. I’m sure you’re all sexual napalm, and that’s why you deserve this bombshell of a cake.

I call it Sunshine Pound Cake, because it’s a sunny yellow and packed with citrus: lemon, lime and orange. The cake is sweet and buttery, pillowy soft with a tight crumb, but you can see the citrus zest confetti peeking out all over, ready to party.

You can gobble the cake up by itself, or add the Sunshine Glaze. It’s a thick glaze made with confectioners’ sugar, citrus zest and fresh orange juice. Spoon the glaze over the cake as soon as it reaches room temperature, and the glaze will sink into the top of the cake, giving you a few intensely sweet and citrusy bites with each slice.

It’s like snacking on sunshine.

Like sexual napalm, but lemony.

Such is the bombshell’s burden. God bless us, every one.

Sunshine Pound Cake

Rebecca Crump (EzraPoundCake.com)

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • Zest of 1 orange (minus 1 teaspoon, to use in glaze)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Sunshine Glaze (recipe follows)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Set the rack in the middle of the oven. Generously grease a 10-cup bundt pan with a nonstick spray, like Baker’s Joy®.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on low speed for 3 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, sift the flour and baking soda into a bowl. Add the zests, whisk to combine, and set aside.
  4. Measure the sour cream, fruit juices, and vanilla into a separate bowl, whisk to combine, and set aside.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl before adding dry ingredients.
  6. Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with the dry mixture.
  7. Scrape the sides of the bowl and the area under the paddle to break up any clumps. Turn up the mixer to medium speed for about 20 seconds.
  8. Pour the batter into your prepared bundt pan. Level it with a rubber spatula or by moving the pan back and forth.
  9. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert the pan, remove the cake, and let it cool on the wire rack.
  11. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes, before glazing. (Tip: Place a piece of wax paper or parchment under the wire rack to catch dripping glaze.)

Sunshine Glaze

Makes about 1 cup

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  1. Whisk the ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Apply the glaze by spooning or pouring it on when the cake has reached room temperature.

39 thoughts on “Sunshine Pound Cake. Like Sexual Napalm, But Lemony.

  1. Was I the only one that thought that being referred to as naplam, meant you were smelly, or stinky? Can't be the case, as this cake looks heaven-scent [sic].
    What a scrumptalicious cake.

  2. Was I the only one that thought that being referred to as naplam, meant you were smelly, or stinky? Can't be the case, as this cake looks heaven-scent [sic].
    What a scrumptalicious cake.

  3. Oh my that looks delicious, right up alley. You can not go wrong with a pound cake and I am sure yours is fantastic.

    Man, I wished someone would refer to me as sexual napalm. Nothing like the smell of napalm in the morning!

  4. Oh my that looks delicious, right up alley. You can not go wrong with a pound cake and I am sure yours is fantastic.

    Man, I wished someone would refer to me as sexual napalm. Nothing like the smell of napalm in the morning!

  5. Oh thank you! I have been craving lemon poundcake for over 6 months and just could not find the right recipe. Your little slice o' sunshine is just the ticket! I am hunting down the ingredients and making me some this week. Oh yes I am!

  6. Personally, I would take sexual napalm as a compliment. I don't know what's up Jessica's a**. And if anything is sexual napalm? I'm pretty sure it's this cake. Looks great.

  7. haha! I I am just really surprised why anyone expects john mayer to be a gentleman…I mean, really, he's John Mayer. So if that's the worst he could say, if I were Jessica Simps. I would say "thank you very much!"
    btw, cake looks awesome!

  8. Both of your recipes this week bring to mind thoughts of summer. I imagine eating this cake with a tall glass of lemonade, sitting out on my patio adjacent to my bountiful herb garden. Right now, all that is covered with snow. But hey, one has to dream, right?

  9. john mayer could either be complimenting Jessica or smack talking her…you never can tell with him. but then again, she's not that bright so really can't tell a whole lot so…..
    plus, it's John freakin Mayer. he's not known for his being a gentleman! he's a cad! and we love it!
    And I am going to love love LOVE eating this cake. i'm having visions of sitting outside under the umbrella shade with a big glass of iced tea and a whack of this cake. mmm….divine.

  10. Sexual napalm cake? Sounds orgasmic. I'll make it Friday, then I'll eat it while I watch Oprah, and with any luck at all our standing date night will end with fireworks and a smoke – and I'm not talking Marlboro's either!

  11. Just made the cake and ate a slice. I'm going to try not to eat the whole thing. So yummy! Exactly what I needed in this cold dreary weather. I swear I felt sunshine as I savored each bite. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. I am laughing so hard right now! And I'll definitely be making this for my hubby this weekend…to remind him that I'm…you know… LOL thanks for starting my day off on the right foot!

  13. personally if John called me a sexual napalm…I'd be pretty stoked for a number of reasons but we won't go there…really looks delish can't wait to make it this weekend!

  14. Yum. I've been baking a lot with citrus lately (lemons, blood oranges… the grapefruit is asking for it next). This cake sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. It's a heavy burden we bear, Rebecca!

    This cake came just in time, rain is starting to fall again and I need something spring-y STAT.

  16. Oh, if only I could suffer your burden with you. This spring fever of mine has convinced me that I need to add this pretty pan of napalm to my personal arsenal.

    Now, of course, the question is: On whom do I release such power?

    Thanks, as usual, for your recipe and your mojo,

    Michael

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