Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

           

     I didn't want to overload you with another pumpkin recipe so I'm off setting all the fall food with some good old fashioned chocolate, and not just one chocolate but a triple chocolate pound cake! I must admit, I was taken in by the photo too, devilish isn't it! But, hey a girl needs her chocolate fix to get through the holidays right?  This ought to do the trick!

Triple Chocolate Pound Cake


INGREDIENTS:
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (half of an 8-ox. block), softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. half & half
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 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 cream cheese. Add sugar and blend well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one. Add half & half, blending well; then stir in cocoa powder and mix well. Add the flour and blend well; then fold in the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. Put batter into the prepared 9×5-inch loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees for 70-80 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or almost clean (because it’s so dense and fudgy, the toothpick may not come out entirely clean; my baking time was about 75 minutes). Cool in pan about 10-15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely (you may need to loosen the upper edges of the cake a little with a knife; then the cake will come out of the pan very easily). While the cake is cooling, you can make the frosting…
RICH CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. half & half
  • 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.

           I found this yummy  treat over at Nancy Creative via Pinterest of course! And speaking of the big P, I've made some cake and cupcake stands finally, so I will be posting my Pinterest  Projects soon.  I had a great time combing thrift stores and flea markets for vases, plates and glasses to alter and I'm hooked! I made them with gifts in mind but now I"m not sure if I can part with them! I also have a couple new aprons in my Susie Simple shop so if your needing a new apron or a gift for the holidays, please check out my shop and all the wonderful shops at Etsy! 

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