Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Cake Slice Bakers - Challenge 6 - March 2011 - Chocolate Cream Pound Cake.

Any kind of chocolate cake always goes down well here.  The boys helped make this one and thoroughly enjoyed licking the spoons/bowls/everything going.
As you can see, I opened the oven too early so the cake sank in the middle but apart from that it is a very nice and easy chocolate cake.  We made it the day before I went away for a two day course and it was all gone by the time I got back.  Should have made two!

Recipe - Chocolate Cream Pound Cake (adapted from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman)

Ingredients - 
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup double cream
1 cup plus 2 tbsp plain flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 oz unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1tsp pure vanilla extract

Method - 
1. Preheat the oven to 325F/170C/GM 3. Grease a 9" by 5" loaf pan and dust with flour.
2. Sift the cocoa powder through a fine strainer and into a heatproof bowl.  Place the cream in a microwave safe jug and heat until just boiling (30-60s).  Pour the hot cream over the cocoa and stir and mash with a spoon to make a thick paste.  Set aside to cool.
3. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
4. Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 mins.  Beat in the cocoa powder paste until smooth.
5. With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the eggs one at a time.  Stir in the vanilla.
6. Turn the mixer to low speed and add the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time.  After the last addition, mix for 30s on medium speed.
7. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.  Bake the cake until it is firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 mins.  Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 mins, invert it onto a wire rack, and then turn it right side up on a rack to cool completely.  Slice and serve.
8. Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

See other bakers' versions at The Cake Slice Blogroll.


  1. Those are two of the cutest helpers that I have seen in a long time. Too adorable, with their aprons and chocolate faces. The cake doesn't look to bad either.

  2. That last picture is just adorable - were they taking one lick each? My cake sank too and I am not sure why. I did like the flavor and will be making it again soon.

  3. Those cuties make everything look yummy! Glad you guys enjoyed it. Mine also sank in the middle but it seems like most of us had that luck!

  4. I love the pictures of your boys - looks like they LOVED this one!! :)

  5. Love your helpers helping themselves to the batter! Good job Kids!

    Love your cake keeper big time!

    Texture of your cake looks good.

  6. Adorable little helpers. Despite it sinking , the slices look great.

  7. Every kid is doing this stuff, eating/licking the spatula... so cute

  8. Awww, so cute pics of the angels :-)
    And the first slice looks heart shaped :-) and the cake perfect!

  9. Looks lovely. Your little helpers are doing a great job :)

  10. FBMKW - sometimes they are a bit too cute and get away with murder! I love these photos of them, though - a bit cheeky and with their chocolate faces. Hee hee.

    ATLATC - I think they were beginning to fight over the last scraps by that last photo. It seems that most people's cakes sank so I feel better about my one now. Didn't affect the taste, though.

    DaintyApron - Yes, it does seem that most people's sank. So we needn't feel bad. It still got eaten up!

    Shelley - yes chocolate always goes down well and the batter for this cake was lovely!

    Emily - Thanks. The cake keeper is a Nigella Lawson one - got it from my Mum-in-law for Christmas. I love it and it is well used.

    Rachel - thank you. :-)

    Megan - yes, I remember licking the spoons and bowls after my Mum had been baking when I was wee. Best childhood pastime. Or adult one, of course!

    SPF - :-D Thank you! The heart shape is cute, isn't it?

    Kelly-Jane - They are almost as good as a dishwasher. Ha ha. ;-)

  11. Two very happy looking boys there. I've not yet tried using cream in cakes and keep meaning to do so. have bookmarked this recipe.

  12. I love the pic of the K whisk looking almost as big as your little one. Sounds like a delicious cake.

  13. Choclette - it was actually a very small volume of cream, but definitely a nice cake.

    Kath - I hadn't really noticed that bit of advertising - I should get payment! Pretty classy models in that there advert!

  14. With such darling helpers it's hard to go wrong. My cake sank in the middle, too. The top of yours reminds me of the top of a heart!

  15. Your cake looks great. Love the photos of the boys enjoying the batter. yum ymu

  16. Love it! My girls are the same here with cake batter :) Great post, enjoyed reading it.

  17. Jo - makes for great childhood memories, I think - being allowed to lick the spoons!

  18. Oh they are so cute! Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you get to make the Sunflower rice with your two cutiepies!

  19. Your kids are so cute!!! They are adorable!
    Licking bowls and spoons is really the best part of making a cake!

  20. Those pictures are brilliant! (and the cake doesn't look half bad either!)

  21. such cute pics! it musta been delicious!