Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Cake Slice March 2011 - Chocolate Cream Pound Cake




Wow, the time really flew by quickly and it is Cake Slice Bakers time again. This month the group is baking a Chocolate Cream Pound Cake from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman. It sounds good just saying it, doesn't it?

This really is a very easy cake to put together. I am used to a darker chocolate cake, so it did throw me a little in the beginning as this one has quite a light batter. It is more like a milk chocolate. I loved the chocolaty smell as it was baking.  My cake was done in one hour, so make sure you check to ensure your cake does not over bake.





I must say that this was not the prettiest of cakes when I took it out of the oven. Mine sank a little on top, and it looked a little dry. All of this hides the deliciousness within. I thought the flavor of this cake was divine, and it is quite moist once you cut into it. In the end I decided that the drier, crackly top provided a good foil for the moist interior.

I can't comment on how well this cake keeps because it was gone by late afternoon. Everyone kept going back "for just another little piece", and before I knew it all that was left was an empty plate and a few crumbs. This is one that I will definitely make again, but I think I'll double the recipe because one loaf just wasn't enough. To see what the other members of our group thought about the Chocolate Cream Pound Cake please visit the Cake Slice Blogroll.



Chocolate Cream Pound Cake
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup (1stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preparation
  1. Heat the oven to 325°F. 
  2. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan and dust with flour.
  3. Sift the cocoa powder into a heatproof bowl.
  4. Place the cream in a microwavable bowl and heat for 30-60 seconds until just boiling.
  5. Pour the hot cream over the cocoa and stir and mash with a spoon to make a thick paste. Set aside to cool.
  6. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  7. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bow once or twice as necessary.
  8. Beat in the cocoa powder paste until smooth.
  9. With the mixer on medium-low speed add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  10. Stir in the vanilla.
  11. Turn the mixer to low speed and add the flour mixture, ½ cup at a time, scraping down the sides after each addition. Add the last addition, mix for 30 seconds on medium speed.
  12. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
  13. Bake the cake until it is firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  14. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  15. Invert it onto a wire rack and then turn it right side up on the rack to cool completely.
  16. Slice and serve.
  17. Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Recipe from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman.

32 comments:

  1. Looks so yummy with the strawberries! I agree on it not being the prettiest cake as mine also sank in the middle. Regardless the flavor was still good =)

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  2. If I ever make this again, I will use a mini muffin tin. My kids and I agreed it had a brownie textured crust to it. Your cake looks really dense and moist, I night have to give this recipe another shot!

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  3. A cake that tastes like milk chocolate?!?!? I'm in!

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  4. I think it looks great - when that happens to me, I just call it rustic. Looks delicious!

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  5. Looking good! Mine looks too dark compared to yours....

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  6. Mine was darker but the cake looks good with the berries.

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  7. Oh my dear...this does look delicious. But more importantly, thank you for your kind words and thoughts tonight. They mean more to me than I can easily express. Hold onto those that you love this week.

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  8. Ciao ! Your loaf looks great ! Funny mine was really dark !

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  9. I think almost every body had a little sink , and its ok:-)only i had a total spill over :-(, or rather more of a boil over :-)lol.
    Ur cake looks lovely and the pic is sooo pretty.

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  10. Every time I make a chocolate loaf cake the middle sinks. I'm not sure what it is, but you aren't alone with that issue.

    This looks so good. I love cake {who doesn't really?}, and I am always looking for a new recipe. Looks like I'll need to make this soon!

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  11. Looks delicious :) I would have it with chocolate sauce :))

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  12. So dense and wonderful! My family would be all over this!!!

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  13. It's always a good sign when the cake is gone by the afternoon! Looks delicious!

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  14. Your cake looks great. You are so right about making two, it just seemed to disappear off the cake plate!

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  15. It's a delicious looking cake. ANd easy you say? My kind of recipe!

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  16. This cake sounded so good, that I just had to make it! Mine sunk too; but at least it was delicious! Because Of the sinking, though, I wouldn't make this again. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Just had to make this cake. It looks so yummy! Unfortunately, mine sank too. It tasted good, but looked awful. Because of it sinking, I wouldn't make this again. Thanks for sharing the recipe though.

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  18. Mmmm - your one looks like a brownie - yum. And it is much lighter than my one - must be to do with the cocoa used?
    Glad it got eaten up - feels good, doesn't it when your baking is appreciated?

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  19. I'm of the opinion that taste counts for more than looks in terms of food though looks can be important. For homemade goodies, taste and scent is head and shoulders more important than looks.

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  20. I love the craggly sunken top. Can't wait to try this recipe!

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  21. Mine turned out exactly like yours! And just now, on day 3, I grabbed the last piece thinking it might be a little dry, but it was just as moist and delicious as on Saturday when it was fresh.

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  22. The fact that it didn't sit around long is a good sign. Congrats on a great recipe. Lots of yums!

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  23. Perfect that all that was left were the crumbs :) Looks yummy!

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  24. Oh my goodness does that look amazing. I'm definitely adding this to my recipe of must make desserts!

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  25. I can see why it would be gone so quickly. :) Looks so very tasty.

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  26. Oh! I love the amount of chocolate in this bread! It looks so, so good :)

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  27. WOW! I've never seen a pound cake look that good! This is a must try cake... I'm gonna dream about it!

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  28. Your cake looks a gorgeous moist fudy texture. Glad it was a successs.

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  29. Oh my yummy! This is definitely being saved :)

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