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From Our Backyard: Janie’s Cakes

The pound cake from Janie’s Cakes in Tyler is ”just” pound cake, in the same way that the Hope Diamond is “just“ a shiny rock.

Janie’s signature pound cakes are buttery, rich and made with the best ingredients, like eggs from chickens on her own ranch, real Madagascar vanilla, and a secret sugar blend that gives them that crisp, unmistakeable crunchy-sweet crust.  Then, to really (ahem) put the icing on the cake, she fills the center of most cakes with lemon curd, chocolate sauce, butter cream or other decadent fillings, often topping them with some shaved Scharffen Berger chocolate as well.

And every cake comes in a cute, yellow-and-white striped box with a blue ribbon, perfect for gift-giving. They’re the whole package. No wonder her cakes have been celebrated by Texas Monthly, D magazine, and Southern Living, among many others.

Founder Janie Clapp is a real East Texan, living with her husband Matt on a working cattle ranch, theRockin’ C Ranch, which doubles as a Christian-based summer camp for children. She’s been baking all her life, starting with recipes she learned from her great-grandma during long summer sessions in the kitchen as a child. She sharpened her skills at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and even when she worked in other fields, she always baked for friends and family.

Pound cake, though, is where Janie really found her niche, and her following. Her pound cake line is constantly evolving, but always includes several favorites, including the Plain Jane (with no filling) and the Tart Jane filled with lemon curd and white chocolate shavings.

Just in time for the holidays, Janie is introducing a new flavor this fall –the Java Jane.  It’s a coffee-infused pound cake with a coffee, toffee buttercream filling. The exact launch date is still to be set, but look for them soon!