You're about to be tempted.
There be dragons here.
OK. Enough with the warnings. You're an adult. You've made your choice.
|Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake with Raspberry Sauce|
(Look closely and you can see the pitcher of raspberry sauce in the background: the color of a jewel.)
My husband LOVES chocolate pound cake.
Even though, and I quote him directly, "I'm not much on sweets".
(Oh, puh-LEEZE. How do you think he came by the name Hoovie???)
We went to a picnic recently, where, ignoring my Barefoot Contessa brownies, he went ape over a simple chocolate pound cake. Back when we were engaged, I got the recipe for a chocolate pound cake that he loved almost more than he loved me, from one of our friends. That recipe was old, and it had things in it like "oleo" and shortening, and I thought, "Surely I can find something without shortening. Butter ought to be better than margarine and shortening".
So I went to Paula Deen, the source of all recipes containing butter, and found Paula's recipe for Sour Cream Chocolate Pound Cake. And, then, since I was making this as a special treat for my man, I thought about one of the other things that my Hoovie loves so much: raspberries. And I thought that it ought to be a piece of cake (ar, ar, ar) to find an easy Raspberry Sauce that was delicious. And it was. The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, had a lovely, very easy recipe.
In the interests of truth in food blogging, let me tell you a thing or two I learned in the course of making this, and the slight changes I made to each recipe.
In regard to the Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake: my husband used to jump up and down in front of the oven to get pound cakes to fall, when he was a lad. He likes them dense. I followed the Southern Living Cookbook's instructions in regard to pound cake, which is to beat the sugar and fat for 5 minutes in an electric mixer to get them nice and fluffy to give your pound cake a lighter texture. My pound cake was light and tender, and I think it was due to all that mixing. (Paula's recipe doesn't ask you to do that. I did it, because I remembered the Southern Living instructions.) I LIKED the texture of my cake, very much. I thought it was perfect. But my husband wishes he had been around to jump in front of the oven and make the cake fall. So...you must decide for yourself. Either don't beat the sugar and fat for 5 minutes, like I'm going to recommend that you do, or under-bake your cake, or jump up and down in front of the oven to make it fall, IF you like your cake dense and heavy, the way my husband does.
In regard to the Raspberry Sauce: the Barefoot Contessa calls for Framboise, which is a raspberry liqueur. I didn't have any, so I used kirsch, which is a cherry liqueur. That worked fine, and I'd do it again. I thought, honestly, that her sauce was a little sweet, and that's why I'm going to give you a recipe that cuts the sugar a bit. Her recipe calls for 1/2 c. sugar. I think you could easily get by with only 1/4 c, sugar, and so that's what I'm going to recommend.
We topped our slightly warm cake with ice cream, just because, really? Why not? It makes the raspberry sauce look that much more jewel like in appearance. This is a lovely, as well as an extraordinarily delicious, dessert. And it's quite easy, too. You get a LOT of bang for your effort buck. It would be a GREAT 4th of July dessert, too.
Here are my adaptations of Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake and Raspberry Sauce:
Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake
2 sticks of butter, softened
8 oz. sour cream
3 c. sugar
1 t. pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. cake flour
1 t. baking powder
3/4 c. Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
Preheat the oven to 325º, Grease and flour a 10" Bundt pan. (I used an an Angel Food tube pan, and that worked fine.)
Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sour cream and sugar until light and fluffy. (I creamed mine for a full 5 minutes.) Add the eggs, 2 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.
In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and cocoa. Add 1/2 the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, beat well, add the remaining 1/2 flour mixture, and continue to beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes if necessary, but do not open the oven to check the cake for at least 1 hour. (Heads up: My cake actually needed an additional 30 minutes for the wooden skewer to come out clean, although that might have been the fault of my oven.)
1 half pint fresh raspberries
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. raspberry jam
1 T. kirsch
Combine the raspberries, sugar and 1/4 c. water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 4 minutes. Pour the cooked raspberries, jam, and kirsch into the bowl of a food processor and process until very smooth. Chill.
|Ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille. So close you can see the tiny whiskers on the raspberry.|
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