My husband's favorite "birthday" cake is a chocolate pound cake. Well, it is his favorite any time cake. I don't make it often because it is takes quite a while to bake (and that means planning ahead). But since he just had his birthday and all, I decided to forgo a nap to get this in the oven.
I am pretty sure this came from the Internet but from where? I have no idea. I have had it for a while.
- 1 cup butter softened (which requires more planning ahead since you have to set that out a while before...)
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 3 cups cake flour (you will find this on the baking aisle)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 tbsp cocoa
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Cream butter, shortening, and sugar with mixer.
Add eggs. Mix well.
Sift dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture, alternately with milk and vanilla extract.
Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan. Pour in batter. (The batter is fairly thick, so it is more like "scrape in" batter.)
Bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
I check with a cake test (like a long toothpick) before removing from the oven.
Cool 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
I have a note on my recipe that this freezes well, but with my husband, we rarely have any leftover to freeze...
PS As you can tell from the picture, though it is chocolate, it is nothing like having a chocolate cake or pie. It is a hint of chocolate, not overpowering at all.