The clock in the front room chimed eight times just as Phylis took her famous sour cream pound cake from the oven. The sweet smell of vanilla and sugar wafted in the air for the past hour while she busied herself tidying up her home for her Saturday afternoon Book Club.

Placing the hot cake pan on the rack on the counter, she admired the evenly baked dessert.  She was sure her ‘Book Buddies’ would love snacking on it as they discussed this month’s story.

Last month they decided they would read her favorite author, Sarah Price, since it was her turn to host club. She was so excited to see what everyone thought of “An Amish Cookie Club Christmas.”  The book’s characters reminded her of her friends Rosie, Irma and Lovina, and all the fun they had meeting once a month to discuss their favorite hobby, reading.

Wiping her hands on the towel that hung near the sink she picked up the book from the counter and admired its lovely cover.  Reading the small words printed on it … Sugar and spice make love extra nice… she let out a little giggle as she remembered the main characters, John and Bethany.  

She couldn’t help but think that shy Bethany reminded her of herself when she was that age. Just like Bethany, it took the love of her life to bring her out of her shell as well.

Just as she laid the book back down on the counter, the man who stole her heart some forty-five years ago walked in the backdoor. Tossing his hat on the table, he headed right for the cooling cake and tried to pinch off a crumb hoping to satisfy his sweet tooth.

Slapping his hand away from the golden cake, she said. “Now you leave that cake alone, you know it’s for the girls this afternoon. I’m planning on making a batch of gingersnaps for you, so get away from that cake.”

Wrapping his arm around her waist and pulling her tight, he brushed a smudge of flour off her cheek and whispered in her ear. “You always did know the way to my heart was through my stomach. Just one of the many things I love about you.”

Releasing his grip from her, he picked up his hat and left her standing at the sink flushed in the aftermath of his sweet words.   

Phylis's Sour Cream Pound Cake

Recipe from the Lancaster County Cookbook
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 16 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions

  • Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Sift together flour and baking soda. Add to creamed ingredients, alternating with sour cream and vanilla and mix well.
  • Pour into greased tube pan.
  • Bake at 300 for 1 hour.