Subtly tart hibiscus, C&H® Baker’s Sugar and C&H® Powdered Sugar make for a sweet combination. The luscious glaze and fun red design in the middle make this loaf cake look almost as good as it tastes.
For the Loaf
- 1 ½ cups All-purpose flour 1 ½ cups All-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon Baking powder ¼ teaspoon Baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon Baking soda ¼ teaspoon Baking soda
- ½ teaspoon Salt ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) Unsalted butter, at room temperature ½ cup (1 stick) Unsalted butter, at room temperature
- C&H® Baker's Sugar 1 cup 1 cup C&H® Baker's Sugar
- 2 large Eggs, at room temperature 2 large Eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon Almond extract 1 teaspoon Almond extract
- ½ cup Sour cream, at room temperature ½ cup Sour cream, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon Hibiscus flower powder 1 tablespoon Hibiscus flower powder
For the Glaze
- C&H® Powdered Sugar 1 cup 1 cup C&H® Powdered Sugar
- 3 teaspoons Freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 teaspoons Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon Hibiscus flower powder ¼ teaspoon Hibiscus flower powder
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour one 8-inch loaf pan.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar at medium speed for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer at low speed, add almond extract and the eggs, one at a time. Scrape the bowl as needed.
Slowly, add flour mixture to butter mixture at low speed until combined. Add sour cream and mix until all ingredients are combined but do not over beat. Scrape the bowl as needed.
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of batter with 1 tablespoon of hibiscus flower powder. Mix well. Pour half of the almond batter onto the prepared pan. Add dollops of hibiscus batter on top, creating creative designs. Pour the rest of the almond batter on top.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a baking rack allowing to cool completely.
While the pound cake is baking, prepare the glaze by whisking all ingredient together until smooth. Spread the glaze over the cake. Decorate with hibiscus flower powder.
If you cannot find hibiscus flower powder in the store, prepare your own by processing ½ cup of dried hibiscus flowers in a coffee grinder or food processor until very fine.