If the grocery store isn't your favorite place, it should be. We're sleuthing for the best back-of-the-box recipes and every Sunday, Posie Harwood from 600 Acres will share our latest find. 

Today: Why you should be eating your (brown sugar pound) cake with a view.

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Cake is always welcome. It's good in all seasons. It improves a bad day and makes a good one even better. But I'd like to make an argument for cake with a view.

I found the recipe for this pound cake on the back of the brown sugar box weeks ago. I planned on baking it in my kitchen in my New York apartment and photographing it on my tiny windowsill. Instead, I found myself at home in Marylandon the farm where I grew upwith a warm, sunny afternoon stretching out in front of me. So naturally, I baked.


Once the cake was finished and glazed, I took it outside to the porch. I ate a slice looking out over the ponds, watching our two Yorkshire pigs cool off in the stream in their pasture, and listening to the quiet all around me.

This cakea moist, finely crumbed specimen with a deeply caramelized sweetness from the brown sugarwould taste very good anywhere. You could make it for a picnic, for a summer clambake, or for breakfast. But there's something undeniable about the effect of place and atmosphere on food: I think anything tastes better when eaten outside in the summer surrounded by lush green acres of forest and farmland. That's my place. You'll have your own place.

Find somewhere quiet and beautiful and wild: your garden, the beach at sunset, a trailhead, a fire escape. Bring a friend. Eat this cake there. 

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Adapted from Domino Sugar

Makes one 9-inch loaf

For the cake:

cup dark brown sugar
cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
eggs, at room temperature
teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the optional glaze:

cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
teaspoon vanilla extract

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Do you have a favorite back of the box recipe, or have you heard about a great one? Leave any suggestions in the comments, and I'll try them out and share them here!

Photos by Posie Harwood 

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I like warm homemade bread slathered with fresh raw milk butter, ice cream in all seasons, the smell of garlic in olive oil, and sugar snap peas fresh off the vine.


Allison June 9, 2015
The Mac and cheese on back of Creamette macaroni box. SO good.
Catherine S. May 25, 2015
I still have never found a better banana pudding recipe than the one on the back of Nilla Wafers (the scratch one, not the one with pudding mix!)
claire M. May 24, 2015
The sweet corn muffin recipe on the side of the Albers cornmeal box, with half the sugar.
Laurie May 24, 2015
Really stunning photos and I must say...your pigs look very happy in your lush pasture.