Monday, June 28, 2010

Less is More...

...Or simple is delicious.  That's what I think about a good pound cake and my mother made some of the best.  One of my favorites was a pound cake that I added grated chocolate to the batter--called a Mahogany Pound Cake.  And, it's not surprising that it was the chosen recipe we made together for my Grandparent's 50th Wedding Anniversary cake.  Pound cake holds up well and although, adding a filling and a frosting can enhance it, basically, the buttery flavor of a good pound cake will just melt in your mouth. You may use your imagination to change it with added ingredients; the basics builds a wonderful foundation.

Of course,  Pound Cake got its name from using a pound of butter,  a pound of sugar, a pound of flour, and a pound of eggs.  However, we've adjusted recipes through the years to fit pans or when we've added other things: chocolate, lemon, nuts, and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) to name a few.  This is one recipe you can add almost anything to, flavor wise, or try slicing it and grilling it to go with a fruited sauce or grilled peach halves.

I chose to simply slice a nectarine to have with my piece; stone fruits are one of my favorites (I'm anxiously awaiting peaches).    This version also is a tribute to Kelly and how, this past year, she tried to simplify her life; remove the stress and barriers to being happy.  I hope you like it.

Cream cheese Pound Cake
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks) at room temperature
1 8oz pkg. cream cheese (use the regular, not the low-fat!)
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T vanilla (or do 2 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 to 1 tsp. your favorite (i.e., lemon, almond, etc.)

In the KitchenAid, using the whisk attachment (I know, this is different, but trust me it makes for a light, beautiful batter), beat the butter, cream cheese and sugar 8-10 minutes.  The batter should be light and fluffy.  On low speed add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Raise the speed to medium and beat once more until fluffy.  In a small bowl, whisk (using a hand whisk, this time) the flour and salt.  Add it to the batter and beat until well incorporated.  Fold in the vanilla or your preferred flavorings.

In a 12-cup Bundt pan, sprayed with a baking spray (which is a vegetable oil and flour mixture), pour in the batter, smoothing slightly the top.  Place in a cool oven.  Set temperature 325F-degrees Bake or Convection for 80-90 minutes.  I set my timer for the 80 and checked it with a wooden skewer for doneness.  Let cool about 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a serving plate.  Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired.  Enjoy!


  1. It looks and sounds wonderful Susan!
    And adding chocolate!! Now your talking! : )
    Kelly certainly inspired me by the way she chose to celebrate life, and I can clearly see that her mama inspired her!
    Love you xo

  2. This sounds really good. Pound Cake is a favorite of mine, right behind chocolate.
    I did notice that you added something about the size Bundt Pan you need for this, does that have anything to do with the mess my personal baker made with the blueberry recipe?

  3. Good afternoon Susan

    Thank you for acknowledging our gifts we made. I am so happy you got to spend Uri's birthday with him. He just knew that he was fit to be "KING" for his birth day. I loved every minute of making his treasures. Susan, I have not been knitting for long but My Granny (now passed) and Mother knit like there is no tomorrow. I am sure I received some knitting gene from them. I am just limited to small things though. The thought of knitting a cardigan is another story. I really have to sit down and try though. I think any craft is worth investigating as you never know which one will be your constant companion. Your pound cake looks delicious. I shall place it in the book for our baking day.

    Susan, you often end comments saying 'I love you' and I always say 'love to you too.~ ', what I do mean to say is I love you too~ I believe that should be said whenever you can to whoever you can . Love is the emotion that makes one feel treasured. Thank you my friend.

    Lots of love

  4. Sorry meant to say Ari's birthday~

    Lots of love

  5. YUM. I love pound cake, and am printing out this entire page! :)

  6. Suzanne~My sister's goal is for me to knit my first pair of socks this year. I've done baby sweaters, scarves, afghans, etc. but this to me would be one of my greatest feats!

    You're right about love. And, I do believe you can love a person, whom you've never met before, but have only written to, when that person so freely shares themself with you. Kelly was such an example of this and even though I told both my girls every time we talk, "I love you," right now, that doesn't seem enough times when one is gone. I consider everyone who has wandered to this blog through Kelly as someone I want to know, so thank you and I do love you, Susan xoxo

  7. I baked the cream cheese pound cake last night in my brand new bundt pan---thank you, Sis, it was perfect!!

  8. You're welcome! I love you sis,

  9. Hi - this pound cake is awesome. I took some pics while I was in the process of baking, is it ok if I post my pics on my blog, and link back here to your blog so my readers can come find your recipe? I looked for a way to contact you on your blog, so hope you find this.
    Thanks so much!