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Springtime Birthday Cake

I made this cake to celebrate my¬† sister-in-law’s (insert mystery number here) birthday this past weekend. She had requested an almond cake with white frosting and raspberry filling and this is what I came up with. The flowers are made out of gumpaste and dusted with luster dust, though I feel like none of it seemed to adhere to the flowers very well. I put silver dragees in the centers to dress it up a bit, but I really wished I has spent more time smoothing the top…oh well. I guess I know what the experts mean now when the tell you to decorate with a plan. The original pound cake recipe is from Paula Deen (found here [1]), but I tweaked the flavoring a bit. In truth, I don’t think it was well suited for a layer cake because it seemed a little dry.

Almond Sour Cream Pound Cake

1 c. butter

3 c. sugar

1 c. sour cream

3 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

6 eggs

1/4 tsp. orange extract

1/2 tsp. butter flavoring

1 tsp. almond extract

1/2 tsp. nutmeg