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Blueberry Almond Pound Cake

I found some blueberries at a really good price at my local market, so it was the perfect time to make this Blueberry Almond Pound Cake! If you like blueberries, you will need to try this–it’s so moist, dense, and rich! You can also use frozen blueberries in this cake, but the baking time will be slightly longer. I prefer using fresh blueberries because the frozen berries tend to give the batter a blue-ish color. The almonds and almond extract give this pound cake a really nice flavor and the glaze adds a little extra sweetness. Serve it for dessert at dinner or at a brunch with coffee or tea.

BLUEBERRY ALMOND POUND CAKE by NancyC

Makes one 10″ bundt cake

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup sliced or coarsely chopped almonds
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed

ALMOND GLAZE

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons Half & Half (light cream), depending on desired consistency
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced or coarsely chopped almonds for garnish (you can lightly toast them if you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10″ bundt pan; set aside.

In large bowl, blend butter, cream cheese, almond extract, and sugar until mixture is creamy and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and blend well after each addition.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to creamy mixture and mix well.

Stir in sliced almonds, mixing to evenly distribute in batter and then gently fold in the blueberries and blend evenly into the batter. Spoon batter into prepared bundt pan. Bake 50 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or almost clean (do not overtake, or cake will be dry).

Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan onto a serving plate (you may need to loosen the edges of the cake from the pan a little with a knife). Let cake cool completely.

While cake is cooling, mix the glaze ingredients and after cake cools, drizzle glaze over the cake. Sprinkle the almonds on top. Makes about 8-10 servings.

Have you been enjoying fresh blueberries this summer too? What kind of blueberry baked goods have you been making lately?

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Ricotta Pound Cake

Ricotta Pound Cake II @ NancyCHello there, friends! Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers these past few months–your comments on my last post were so thoughtful and encouraging. I have spent a lot of time resting and recharging during this time and it was just what I needed. I’m doing much better now. So I’m back from my blogging break with a pound cake recipe to share!

I don’t use ricotta cheese very often, but I did use it for something recently and I had some extra ricotta in my fridge. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but then I came across a recipe for Ricotta Pound Cake at Epicurious. It sounded like the perfect thing to try! I made a few small changes to the recipe and thought it tasted really good. A few things to note: The top of the loaf browns a little, and the sides of the loaf brown a lot–but the dusting of powdered sugar covers the top and the deliciousness of the slightly crispy edges are a nice contrast to the moist, buttery texture and flavor of the inside. And thankfully, the dark edges do not have a burnt taste like I thought they would. I fully expected them to, and it’s a mystery to me why the edges don’t taste burnt. My loaf also sank just very slightly in the middle–maybe because I had taken it out of the oven a little too early and put it back in–but that little indention was the perfect place to add in a few strawberries!

RICOTTA POUND CAKE by NancyC, adapted from Epicurious

Makes one 9″ loaf

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk or part skim ricotta cheese (drain any excess liquid)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for dusting on top
  • Optional: fresh strawberries for garnish

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour a 9″ loaf pan.

In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter, ricotta, and sugar until smooth. Beat eggs in one at a time, then blend in the vanilla extract.

Add the flour mixture to the butter/ricotta mixture, blending everything well.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, smoothing evenly with a spatula.

Gently whack the pan on the counter to remove air pockets. Bake at 350˚F for 46 to 50 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (you shouldn’t have to bake it more than 50 minutes). Cool in loaf pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate and let cake cool completely. When cooled, dust top of loaf with powdered sugar and add some strawberries in the center of the loaf, if desired.

Ricotta Pound Cake @ NancyCIf I hadn’t had that extra ricotta in my fridge, I may never have tried making this pound cake! I’m so glad I did–I love the rich buttery flavor and how the ricotta makes the cake so good and moist. Do you use ricotta in any of your dessert recipes?

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8 Yummy Cakes for Mother’s Day

8CakesForMothersDay@NancyCreative Are you making mom a cake for Mother’s Day? Here’s some last-minute ideas that she’ll love, and these are all easy to make! SourCreamPoundCake@NancyCreative.com Lizzie’s Sour Cream Pound Cake is a classic dessert. BananaPoundCake@NancyCreative.com For moms who are banana-lovers…Banana Pound Cake with Banana Glaze. TripleChocolatePoundCake@NancyCreative.com For chocolate-loving moms…Triple Chocolate Pound Cake. TexasSheetCake@NancyCreative.com Or how about Texas Sheet Cake! CocaColaCake@NancyCreative.com Coca-Cola Cake is really good, too… 7-UpPoundCake@NancyCreative.com And so is 7-Up Pound Cake! LemonCurdBerryCake For Lemon-Blueberry-loving moms, try this Lemon Curd Berry Cake. BlackberryButtermilkCake And last but not least, Blackberry Buttermilk Cake! You really can’t go wrong with any of these…hope you get a chance to try one of them out! And have a happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

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10 Sweet Potato Recipes

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Sweet potatoes recipes are perfect not only for Thanksgiving, but all holiday season long–and actually, some are great year-round! This Thanksgiving, I had made Never Fail Sweet Potato Pie, which was really good, and I thought I’d share a roundup of some other yummy Sweet Potato recipes I’ve made with you!

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These Sweet Potato Biscuits are just the thing for breakfast, with eggs, and they’re also great for lunch or dinner with your main dish and sides!

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Same for these Loaded Sweet Potato Muffins–good any time of day!

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Sweet Potato Bread is nice for breakfast, too, or later in the day as a snack.

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For a delicious side dish, these Maple-Pecan Sweet Potatoes are wonderful!

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Another side, Baked Sweet Potato Fries, are really tasty, and there are a variety of ways you can make them!

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I really like these Roasted Italian Potatoes, which are made with both sweet and regular potatoes.

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This Sausage Potato Bake, a yummy dish for lunch or dinner, is also a two-potato recipe, made with both sweet potatoes and red new potatoes.

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When you’re ready for dessert, you need to try this decadent Sweet Potato Cinnamon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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And this Sweet Potato Pound Cake is pretty amazing, too!

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Last but not least, here’s the Never Fail Sweet Potato Pie I made this past Thanksgiving–a very easy recipe and so good!

Hope you enjoy trying these sweet potato recipes out!

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Downton Pound Cake

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If you are a fan of Downton Abbey (or even if you’re not), this is a recipe you may be interested in! It’s from a cookbook called Edwardian Cooking: The91XavZJ2LgL._SL1500_ Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook (softcover), which features 80 recipes inspired by this PBS series. Author Larry Edwards, who is also the food editor for the San Francisco Independent, includes lots of recipes for foods you would find at an Edwardian table including…

  • Roasted Sweet Red Pepper Cream Tea Sandwiches
  • English Popovers
  • Cream Scones
  • Majestic Potato Soup
  • Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • Asparagus in Cider Sauce
  • Leek Pie
  • Orange Glazed Beef Brisket
  • Lemon Cream Souffle
  • Queen Victoria Rice Pudding
  • Raspberry Nut Sponge Cake

As I looked through my review copy one unusually chilly spring evening, I decided to try the Downton Pound Cake. Since I had to actually turn the heat on that evening, I thought I might as well bake something to make the place even more cozy! Besides, pound cakes are wonderful, and this recipe suggests drizzling the cake with some melted dark chocolate, so I was sold on that! 🙂

I have to say, though, that this is not your typical, fool-proof pound cake. This is very crusty on the outside (which is a little different for a pound cake) and has a dense, moist texture on the inside. I just want to mention that so you’re not disappointed with the crusty outer part. Everyone I served it to really liked the crustiness, however. This cake has a wonderful almond flavor, too! You may think putting a whole Tablespoon of almond extract is too much, but it really isn’t in this cake. It  did have a somewhat splotchy coloring when I took it out of the pan after baking, and perhaps it was because I used too much oil when I was greasing my pan–the recipe says to give your pan a light coat of oil, but I’d rather over grease than under grease to prevent a cake from sticking. My cake came out of the pan pretty easily–I had to loosen the edges a little with a knife before removing, though.

The splotchiness doesn’t really matter anyway if you drizzle the top of your cake with dark chocolate, like I did–in fact, I highly recommend doing that! It’s wonderful with the dark chocolate on top–I don’t think the cake would be as good without the chocolate. I just melted a 10-ounce bag of dark chocolate chips in the microwave–I melted the chips in a small microwavable bowl for a minute, then stirred, then melted and stirred every 30 seconds till all the chips were melted–it only takes about 2 to 3 minutes total microwave time to melt all the chips. After the chips were all melted, I also stirred in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to make the chocolate extra creamy and easier to drizzle.

DOWNTON POUND CAKE from Edwardian Cooking: The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook

Makes 1 bundt cake

  • 3 cups flour (I used all-purpose unbleached flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon almond extract
  • Optional-1 (10-ounce) bag of dark chocolate chips for drizzling over cake

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly brush a bundt cake pan with oil or use a cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and pale.

Beat in the egg yolks, vanilla, and almond extract until smooth.

Add the flour mixture and beat just until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Remove half of the egg whites and stir them into the pound cake batter. Fold the other half of the egg whites into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

Place into the oven and bake 60 to 70 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the oven and let cool in the pan 10 minutes.

Remove cake from the pan and let cool on a wire rack until ready to serve. Note: If you  want to do the holiday version, simply melt some dark chocolate with a touch of butter and drape it along the top of the cake, letting it run down the sides, and scatter some slivered almonds (I melted 1 (10-ounce) bag of dark chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil for my glaze, and decided to leave off the slivered almonds. Make sure you stir in the coconut oil after the chocolate chips are melted). 

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One thing I did a little differently from the recipe: I couldn’t find my egg separator, so I didn’t separate the yolks from the egg whites when I was mixing them in the batter. I think the pound cake would have risen a little more had I separated the eggs and whisked those egg whites, so be sure to follow those recipe instructions for best results. Despite my not doing that though, the cake still turned out good and tasted yummy!

The book doesn’t include any photos, but there are lots of great-sounding recipes. Are you a Downton Abbey or a pound cake fan? Or both? 🙂

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Sweet Potato Pound Cake

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I love baking with sweet potatoes–I’ve made Sweet Potato Bread, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Loaded Sweet Potato Muffins, and Sweet Potato Cinnamon Cake… so I thought it was about time to try a sweet potato pound cake! I found a great-sounding recipe at Taste of Home and tweaked it a little, using some brown sugar along with granulated sugar in the batter, and adding a little more cinnamon and nutmeg, plus some chopped pecans.

Having a slice of this cake is like having a little slice of sweet potato heaven! It’s rich and moist, and I really like the cinnamon-nutmeg flavors in this. The glaze on top is great, too, giving the cake a light orangey sweetness. It’s a perfect dessert for enjoying with a cup of coffee or tea–maybe iced coffee or tea, since the weather is warming up! 🙂

SWEET POTATO POUND CAKE by NancyCreative, adapted from Taste of Home

Makes 12 servings

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar, well-packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups cold mashed sweet potatoes (if using canned, you’ll need a 40-ounce can)
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)

ORANGE GLAZE

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon of chopped pecans, for garnish

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture in the large bowl alternately with the mashed sweet potatoes. Then fold in the pecans and mix just until combined (batter will be stiff).

Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch bundt pan. Bake at 350˚F for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

While cake is cooling, mix the glaze in a small bowl. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, orange peel, and orange juice, blending well. When cake is cool, drizzle glaze over cake and top with additional chopped pecans, if desired.

Do you like baking with sweet potatoes? What’s your favorite sweet potato dessert?

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7-UP Pound Cake with Lemon-Lime Glaze

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I’m really not a big soda-pop drinker; I usually drink iced tea instead. But every once in awhile I’ll l have some soda on hand, usually left over from a get-together or party. That’s how I ended up with some 7-UP recently. Instead of tossing it, I decided to see if there was anything I could make with it. After all, I had made a Coca-Cola Cake, which tasted great, so was there such a thing as a 7-UP cake?

It turns out there was–a 7-UP Pound Cake! In fact, it’s been around for awhile, since the 1960’s, when bundt cake pans became popular. I found about 8 or 9 different recipes (here’s one of them) when I searched on the web. They all had pretty much the same butter-sugar-egg-flour amounts, with variations on the amounts of flavorings and lemon juice used. So I came up with my own version and added a sweet and slightly tart lemon-lime glaze to top it off.

This a really good, moist pound cake! And the glaze has a lot of lemon-limey flavor. Some recipes called for 3/4 cup of 7-UP in the cake and some called for 1 cup; I used 3/4 cup when I made this cake and thought it had a great pound cake texture; next time I make this I will try 1 cup to see if there is much difference–I’m guessing the additional 7-UP will make the cake a little more moist, though it seemed moist enough with 3/4 cup.

Next time you have some extra 7-UP, give this a try!

7–UP POUND CAKE WITH LEMON-LIME GLAZE by NancyCreative

Makes one 10″ Bundt cake 

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon extract or flavoring
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup 7–UP

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Grease or spray a 10″ bundt or tube pan; set aside (you can grease and flour the pan if you want it to come out super-easy).

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar, blending well. Add in eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in lemon zest, lemon juice, and lemon extract and blend well.

Add flour to the butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add 7–UP, about a half or third at a time, blending well after each addition. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 325˚F for 65 to 75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (Note: My cake was done in 65 minutes, using 3/4 cup of 7–UP. If you use 1 cup of 7-UP your baking time may be a little longer, but be careful not to over bake, or it may be dry).

nc7uppdck3Remove cake from oven and let cool for 10 minutes (the cake will be cracked on the bottom–see photo, left–which is fine). Invert pan to remove cake and cool completely on wire rack. While cake is cooling, make the glaze…

(A note on the glaze: this makes a lot of glaze! Enough to glaze the cake twice, which is what I did…I generously drizzled a first glaze on, let it set, then put a second glaze over that, for an extra lemon-limey taste. If you just want one layer of glaze, you can halve this recipe.)

LEMON–LIME GLAZE:

  • 3 cups powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons 7-UP (start with 3 and if you want a thinner glaze, add another 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon)

In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar with lemon and lime juices and 7–UP, blending everything well. Drizzle half the glaze over the cake when it is completely cooled; let glaze set. Then, if desired, drizzle a second glaze over the cake and let set. Cut into slices and serve.

Note: If you are doing a double glaze, you can also try this: put the first glaze on while the cake is still warm–some of the glaze will soak into the cake, giving it a sweeter taste. Then let the cake completely cool, and put on the second glaze.

This batter also works for cupcakes…one of my readers, Amy, told me she baked hers at 325˚F for 25 minutes. Not sure how many she made with the batter, but I’m guessing probably about 24.

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Have you made any good recipes using soda pop as an ingredient?

Lizzie’s Sour Cream Pound Cake from At My Grandmother’s Knee

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A new cookbook, At My Grandmother’s Knee, which I had the pleasure of reviewing, celebrates food, family, and warm memories. It’s filled with 166 treasured recipes shared by Southern women who inherited them from their grandmothers, along with special memories about the grandmothers who made these delicious comfort foods. Author Faye Porter describes the book as part cookbook and part history book. “It captures the love and guidance that so many of us soaked up from watching and listening to and asking questions of our Southern grandmothers as we helped them prepare a meal or bake for some special occasion,” says Porter. “Recipes allow us to pass on the love and legacy of a grandma so she can be remembered, revered, and celebrated for generations to come.”

The nostalgic-looking book includes full-color photos of many of the recipes. There’s a wonderful variety of Southern classics to choose from–Biscuits ‘n’ Chocolate Gravy, Nanny’s Hash Brown Casserole, Southern-Style Chili, Sweet Slaw, Spicy Sweet Potaotes, Dixie Meat Loaf, Creamed Chicken on Cornbread, Peach Cream Pie, Lemon Tea Cakes, Grandmother Kelly’s Chocolate Pie…and so many other great-sounding recipes! I decided to try Lizzie’s Sour Cream Pound Cake because I love pound cake and had not made one yet with sour cream…it sounded so rich and good!

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Well, it was very rich and very good–dense and moist like a classic pound cake should be. I guess we should expect no less from a grandma-tested recipe! 🙂 Here’s Lizzie’s recipe, along with a special memory from the cookbook:

LIZZIE’S SOUR CREAM POUND CAKE (From At My Grandmother’s Knee)

Arlene Raines (Goodlettsville, Tennessee) shares that her grandma, Mary Elizabeth Redding Hughes, was affectionately known as Lizzie. “Lizzie and her husband owned and worked a 300-acre farm in Naylor, Georgia,” Arlene says. “She was the quintessential countrywoman who raised her children, worked the fields, cooked for the farmhands, sewed her children’s clothing, and kept the house. My grandmother was a wonderful cook and one of my favorite things was this pound cake. The entire farmhouse would smell wonderful while it was baking, and the cake only became more delicious each day that it sat under a glass cover on the kitchen table. Grandma Lizzie died in 1986 at the age of ninety-seven, but she is remembered in a specialway each year at our family reunion because her pound cake is always on the menu.”

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-pirpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 8-ounce container sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add 1 egg at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the batter and beat thoroughly. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and lemon extract and beat thoroughly. The secret is to beat lots and lots of air into the batter. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (NOTE: my cake was done sooner-in 1 hour and 20 minutes, so you may want to check yours sooner, too). Cool before slicing.

This tastes great served with fresh fruit, like some nice juicy strawberries!

Now I’m ready to try the Spicy Sweet Potatoes…you can never have too much comfort food, right? 🙂

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Peppermint Pound Cake

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I’ve been on a peppermint roll lately! Recipes with peppermint have been sounding really good to me this holiday season. I started out making Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes, then Easy Peppermint Bark, and now Peppermint Pound Cake! This recipe did not come from a cookbook or from the internet…it came from a Christmas kitchen towel a friend had given me. I added a glaze and crushed candy canes as a finishing touch. The rich, dense pound cake has a light, subtle peppermint flavor which is nicely enhanced by the Creamy Peppermint Glaze. If you like peppermint, you’ll enjoy this, and even if you are not a big peppermint fan, I think you’ll still like this because the peppermint flavor is definitely on the lighter side. Hope you get a chance to try this out!

PEPPERMINT POUND CAKE

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 sticks butter (1 1/2 cups), softened
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract (just use one teaspoon for a light peppermint flavor, or 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons for a stronger peppermint flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt or tube pan (I used a 12-cup bundt pan, but I think it would work fine in a 10-cup pan, too–the baking time would be slightly longer).

In large bowl, blend sugar and softened butter. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Alternate adding flour and milk to mixture, blending well. Add peppermint and vanilla extracts, and stir until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 70-80 minutes (for a 12-cup pan, baking time will be about 70-75 minutes; for a 10-cup pan, it will be more like 80 minutes). Let cake cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely. While cake is cooling, you can make the glaze…

CREAMY PEPPERMINT GLAZE

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow creme (half of a 7-oz. container)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons milk or half and half
  • 3 crushed candy canes, for garnish

Blend softened butter and marshmallow creme together until smooth, then add peppermint extract and mix well. Add in powdered sugar a cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Add milk or half and half and blend well.

Shortly before you are ready to serve the cake, spoon the glaze over the top, letting it run down the sides (you’ll have some glaze left over). Then sprinkle top of cake with crushed candy canes, and serve. (Note: this glaze is a little gooey because of the marshmallow creme, so you may need to wipe your knife occasionally as you’re slicing the cake).

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Now if you’d like to glaze your cake well ahead of time and don’t want a gooey glaze (although it is really yummy), you can always make this powdered sugar glaze with peppermint extract…

PEPPERMINT GLAZE

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons milk or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 crushed candy canes, for garnish

Mix first three ingredients together, blending well. Drizzle over cooled pound cake. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes, and let glaze set.

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Triple Chocolate Pound Cake

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It’s been awhile since I’ve baked something chocolate, so I decided to do something really chocolate. After experimenting in the kitchen a bit, I came up with this recipe. I call it the Triple Chocolate Pound Cake because it has chocolate batter, rich chocolate buttercream frosting, and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips in the batter and also sprinkled on top of the cake. If you are craving something chocolate, this will hit the spot!

NOTE: I’m adding an updated version to this recipe–I’m simply calling it Version I…this version is less dense and more cake-like, but it is still very rich and chocolaty. If you’re wanting to make a bundt cake, use this version (you’ll need to double the recipe). It’s not that different from the original (Version II)…just a few tweaks here and there. You can frost it with the same Rich Chocolate Buttercream (see below) or, if you’re making a bundt cake, drizzle with a thinner chocolate glaze.

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE–VERSION I  by NancyCreative

Makes 1 9×5″ loaf; double the recipe for a bundt cake.

One reader, Teresa, also tried this as a layer cake… she doubled the recipe, which filled two 8″ round pans, plus an extra 6″ round. Baking time for the layers would be between 30 and 45 minutes.

  • 1/2 cup  (1 stick) butter, softened (the more softened, the better–leave the stick of butter out overnight to soften if you can)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Half & Half (light cream)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 3/4 cup mini-chocolate chips (Nestle® Mini Morsels)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5″ loaf pan; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sour cream, sugar, and half and half, blending ingredients well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Add half the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and blend well; then add the remaining flour mixture and blend everything well. Fold in the mini-chocolate chips, stirring to distribute the chips evenly in the batter.

Pour or spoon batter into prepared loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees for 70 to 75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean (your toothpick may not come out totally clean because of the melty chocolate chips in the loaf; be careful not to overbake or loaf may be a little dry). Cool in loaf pan 10-15 minutes; then remove from pan and cool completely (that is, if you’re planning on frosting it…it’s great unfrosted, too, right out of the oven when the chocolate chips are warm and melty!)

When loaf is completely cool, frost with Rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (see recipe at the end of post).

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE–VERSION II  by NancyCreative

(More dense and rich; bakes about 10 minutes longer)

Makes 1 9×5″ loaf.

This version is more dense than Version I, so it doesn’t rise as much. I’ve tried this version two ways–with sour cream and cream cheese. If you want a slightly less dense cake, use sour cream instead of cream cheese. This recipe makes one 9×5 inch loaf of rich, dense, chocolate goodness.

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream OR 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Half & Half (light cream)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

In large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sour cream (or cream cheese); then add sugar, blending well, and then half and half, blending everthing well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.

In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder, blending well. Add this flour mixture, a half at a time, to the butter-sugar mixture, blending everything well. Then fold in the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, stirring to distribute chips evenly in the batter.

Spoon batter into the prepared 9×5-inch loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees for 80 to 85 minutes (if your oven tends to run hot, your baking time might be a little less), or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or almost clean (because of all those chocolate chips, the toothpick may not come out entirely clean). Cool in pan about 10-15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.

While the cake is cooling, you can make the frosting…

RICH CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened (it works best if your butter is very soft)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Half & Half (light cream)
  • 1/4– 1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, for garnish

Cream the softened butter and powdered sugar. Then add in the cocoa powder and blend well. Add 1 Tbsp. half & half and mix well (if you’d rather have a thinner consistency, just add more half & half). When pound cake is completely cool, spoon all of the frosting on top of the cake and spread out to cover the top–you’ll have a nice thick layer of frosting! Then garnish with the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, sprinkling down the center of the cake.

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The cake has a great chocolate aroma and it’s hard to resist having a piece once you slice into it! 🙂

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