Saturday, March 10, 2012

Week 10 - Chocolate Pound Cake

Benjamin is home for the week-end to watch the ACC tournament with his dad and brother; so I let him choose this week's cake. He didn't have to think long before he chose a chocolate pound cake. I have been baking this cake for over 26 years as it is my husband's very favorite cake. His mother baked it for his birthday for years and years, and gave me the recipe and a bundt pan our first Christmas as husband and wife. I am excited to share it with you!

BaBa's Chocolate Pound Cake

2 sticks butter, room temperature
1/2 shortening (I use Crisco)
3 cups sugar
5 eggs, room temperature
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside

Cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one-at-a-time alternating with the flour mixture.
Add the milk and cocoa.
Stir in the vanilla.

Spoon the cake batter into a greased and floured bundt pan.

Bake at 325 degrees for an hour and eight minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean.

When your cake is done let it cool for 10-15 minutes before turning it out onto your cake platter.

For some reason, this cake is the hardest one to turn out. It usually breaks a little bit but I just piece it together with the delicious icing.

Delicious Chocolate Icing:
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
2 ounces baking chocolate
1 egg
2 cups powdered sugar
1 pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a small pot on the stove, stirring once it all begins to melt. Remove from heat and add the other ingredients. With an electric mixer whip it all together until your delicious icing comes together.
Once the cake is cooled, I usually fill the center well with the icing and spread it all over the cake.

Last night I caught Benjamin spooning some extra icing on his piece of cake. : )

Here is a pic of my husband and his favorite cake a few years ago:

Happy Baking!!!

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