Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Lemon Pound Cake

As most people reading will know, I always enjoy the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – but one of the major complaints I’ve always had is that the Avengers are disproportionately cookie cutter white men.  But one of the strengths of Captain America 2 is that this movie is far more of an ensemble.  Captain Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is still adjusting to life in the twentieth century (after having unfrozen from the “Capsicle” he’d been since World War II).  But he spends the movie being supported by Falcon (Anthony Mackie – who wanted his nephew to be able to see another black superhero), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson – someone give this kick ass woman her own solo movie, stat) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders attempting to make people forget she was ever involved with the debacle that was the HIMYM finale).  The movie really benefits from less emphasis on Captain as a solo hero and more as part of the SHIELD team (SHIELD being the CIA-like body which all the Marvel superhero work for) and he and Falcon in particular have great chemistry as men bonding over the difficulty from the return home after war, with an understanding that there are similarities in that experience whether returning from Nazi Germany or Afghanistan.  I also really loved the relationship between Black Widow and Captain America – how often are characters shown to have a genuinely close platonic friendship without romantic undertones?  With the exception of Harry and Hermione from Harry Potter, I can’t think of a single example of a male/female friendship portrayed that way and it’s a great dynamic to highlight.  Granted, both are clearly otherwise romantically occupied – Captain America with his sweet budding flirtation with the tough Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) while Black Widow wears an arrow necklace, a clear reference to partner Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – but unlike in most Marvel movies, the romance plotline is dialed way down to make way for bro and sis mance.  Captain America and Falcon are also a great combination, with The movie has presented itself as a political thriller and certainly the movie makes some smart decisions about contrasting the wholesome Captain America with the modern era, particularly around the increasingly murky and sophisticated nature of espionage – but being a summer blockbusters, these themes continue to serve as window dressing for the many, many action sequences.  If you’re a Marvel fan or even really an action fan, I’d definitely recommend this movie as a fun blockbuster starting off the pre-summer action season.   captain-america-2-poster-black-widowI wanted to go with something classic that Captain America would have enjoyed in the 1940s, so I went with my great grandmother’s lemon pound cake – which was actually amazingly lovely and fluffy.

Duckie’s Lemon Pound Cake

Ingredients:

226g unsalted butter

100g Crisco

563g granulated sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon lemon extract

242g buttermilk

450g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

DSC_2241Cream together unsalted butter and Crisco.

DSC_2242Mix in eggs and lemon extract.  Sift in dry ingredients.

DSC_2243Mix in buttermilk.

DSC_2244Place in lined bundt pan.

DSC_2245Bake at 150C for about an hour – this is quite a big cake, so it needs to be slowly cooked.  Put a fork in and see if it comes out clean.

DSC_2248Captain America 2 is in theatres now.

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One comment

  1. As a lover of all things Marvel and delicious, could really relate to this post! The cake looks delicious, love the bundt pan!

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