Monday, April 8, 2013

Deep Chocolate Pound Cake

I'm always a big fan of Sara Lee's pound cakes especially the chocolate one. I love to eat them straight from the freezer and also with a glass of milk... Yum!

Now that I have been baking a lot, I have stopped buying Sara Lee's cakes and desserts. Since I love chocolate pound cake very much, I wonder if I can replicate this cake... For this reason,  I have suggested to bake this recipe from the book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild or here for our bake-along with Joyce (Kitchen Flavours) and Lena (Frozen wings). Although there are mixed reviews of this recipe at Epicurious and its app, I'm still happy to give this recipe a try. 

As mentioned in its recipe description, this chocolate pound cake is indeed comforting and chocolatey to eat but I wouldn't think that it is a good replica of Sara Lee's. This cake is slightly dry and crumbly on its outside but smooth and compact enough to be like a typical pound cake. It has a nice strong hint of honey which never exist in any Sara Lee's pound cakes. In term of its overall texture and taste, I reckon it is very different from Sara Lee's cakes .

Even this cake is not the exact replica of Sara Lee, this doesn't mean that I can't eat this cake in Sara Lee's ways... Using this and this recipe, I have adapted two simple ways of dressing and eating my chocolate pound cake. Both recipes are superb but we reckon that the one with gooey marshmallows and chocolate chips is simply the best.

Before proceeding... I want to apologize for my blog disappearance for the past few days as I had to fly back to Singapore to attend my grandmother's funeral. I'm back now at Melbourne cooking and baking soon...

deep chocolate pound cake

Making the cake batter
Baking the cake
Happy to see and taste the nice and moist pound cake texture
chocolate cake marshmallows oats
Eating our pound cake with Sara Lee's pound cake dressing ideas...
Gooey marshmallow and chocolate chips on a slice of chocolate pound cake... how can I reject this?

Here's the recipe from the book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild or here
(with my notes and modification in blue)

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp coarse kosher salt

(replaced with table salt)
1/4 tsp baking soda

(replaced with baking powder)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

(I used the Dutch processed one)
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp boiling water
3/4 cup sugar

(reduced to 120g)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

(I used 80g of the Callebaut ones with 70% cocoa)

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. 

Butter and flour 9x5x3-inch loaf pan, tapping out any excess flour.
(I lined my 11 cm x 21 cm loaf pan with baking paper)

Whisk flour, baking powder, coarse salt, and baking soda (I didn't use this) in medium bowl. Whisk sour cream and milk in small bowl.

Sift cocoa powder into another small bowl. Whisk in honey and 2 tbsp boiling water until smooth. Cool completely.

Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in another medium bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 mins. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Beat in vanilla. Add cocoa mixture; stir until smooth, occasionally scraping down bowl. Beat in flour mixture alternately with sour cream mixture in 2 additions each until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 8 mins. Remove cake from pan and cool.

Note: I have baked my cake at 160°C fan forced for 1 hr 10 min and reckon that I should have baked my cake 5 mins lesser.

Nice toppings for my chocolate pound cakes

Option One (adapted from here):
Sprinkle rolled oats plus brown sugar evenly over pound cake.

Option Two (adapted from here):

Sprinkle marshmallows, chocolate chips evenly over pound cake.

Preheat oven to 200°C fan forced with grill.

Line baking tray with baking paper. Place pound cake slices with toppings on the tray and bake for 5-7 mins or until marshmallows and chocolate chips are lightly toasted
or melted.

Happy Baking
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  1. This is a great chocolate craving recipe! Love it!

  2. Nobody can resist this delicious chocolate pound cake, yummy!

  3. Hi Zoe! Sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. I wanted to bake this cake last weekend but ran out of time. I haven't tried any of Sara Lee's cakes. Hopefully I can bake the cake this weekend as I love choc cakes.

  4. My deepest condolences. Glad that you back into baking.

  5. Zoe, my condolences. Take care and God bless.

  6. Hi Zoe, my condolences to you too. This chocolate cake looks very rich and moist, I rmbr making Sara Lee's cakes out of a box in the UK too.

  7. Hi Zoe. I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother.
    The chocolate pound cake looks delicious though! I can't wait to try it. The honey part really appeals to me.

  8. Hi Zoe, sorry to hear abt yr grandma:(

    How could anyone resist the way you had made tis pound cake to be??? Even if it was jus a dull cake, it will always be transverted to a tempting delicious one:)

  9. Hi Zoe, my condolences to your family on your grandmother's passing. I made this cake 3 times and it was a little dense for some reason! I really give up so won't be posting this :( Thanks for the Cook Like A Star gift! Really happy :)

  10. Hi Zoe,

    My condolences. Ur version seems yummy & sinful on my waistline... Looks devilish-ly delicious...

  11. You had me at deep chocolate:) YUM!

  12. Zoe,
    Your cake looks moist and nice.
    Like how your serve your chocolate pound cake.
    Can i have the one with marshmallow and chocolate chips..:p


  13. Hi Zoe, deep condolences to your family at the loss.
    Loved the marshmallow and choco chips idea with the chocolatey cake!!

  14. Now I would die to have a bite of this... Too tempting

  15. Oh this cake looks absolutely yummy! I would have it alone! :D

  16. Condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Grandmother.

    Your Choc Pound Cake looks deep, dark, moist & added toppings? Oh my...

  17. Hi Zoe,
    My condolences for the passing of your grandmother.
    And congratulations to Mich!
    The chocolate pound cake although, it is not chocolaty enough, nevertheless, it is a nice cake!

  18. My condolence to you & your family! Looks like you are going to catch a lot of flights this year! Love this rich-looking chocolate cake! I always store a pack of Sara Lee's frozen raspberry at home, haha! Congratulations to Mich!

  19. Zoe, my deepest condolence to you and your family. I hope everything is settle down. I can see that you'll be on holiday very soon... Lots of holiday. wish you have lots of fun too.

    Congrats to Mich from Piece of Cake. Quick and Easy Flaky Pastry she was the first one to post it.

  20. The cake must be very very good with marshmallow and chocolate as topping.

  21. The pics are making me hungry all over again…!!!

  22. Hi Zoe! My deepest condolences. So happy you're baking again and this chocolate pound cake looks so rich and delicious

  23. Zoe!

    This looks delicious and sinful!!! Amazing

    Mr. & Mrs. P

  24. I love the richness of poundcake, I've never had chocolate poundcake, but it sounds right up my alley.

  25. zoe, my deepest condolences to your family! Hope you are feeling better now and glad that you are back in action! I always wanted to bake a tres leches cake, hope I am able to bake-along with you this time round. Take care ya!

  26. Wow, anything chocolate has my vote. This looks fabulous!

  27. Mmmm chocolate looks too good :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  28. I still have time to bake that chocolaty goodness :D Hopefully *crosses fingers * :P I love Sara Lee though I haven't eaten those for years lol

  29. i cant remember how sara lee's cakes taste like. Though this is not one of the best choc cakes, i still enjoyed eating this. I like the compact texture really.

  30. I love the crack on top + the idea of having marshmallows on top :-D I should give it a try. Thanks for the lovely post hugss...

  31. Wow! I'd never have thought to dress up a slice of cake with molten marshmallows and chocolate drops! Sounds amazing :)

  32. Wow I’m craving for chocolates… Yum…

    Alva@ Cake Decorating Bristol