Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Chocolate Pound Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze

Chocolate Pound Cake with Peanut Butter Glaze (Adapted from Martha Stewart)

For the cake

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quality unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
16 ounces (2 cups, 4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
9 large eggs, at room temperature

For the glaze

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
5 to 6 tablespoons milk

To prepare the cake

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy, about 8 minutes, scraping down the bowl twice. Beat in vanilla. Mix in eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined after each. Using a sturdy wooden spoon, gradually stir in the dry ingredients in four additions just until combined.

Evenly divide the batter between two 9" x 5" loaf pans coated with cooking spray. To remove any large air bubbles, tap the pan on the counter a couple of times, then smooth the top with an off-set spatula.

Place pans into the oven and bake until a toothpick placed into the center comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs attached, about 58 to 68 minutes. Remove and place pans on a wire rack to cool for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove cakes from the pans and cool completely.

To prepare the glaze

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add peanut butter and stir until warmed through. Mix in 5 to 6 tablespoons milk until you have a smooth, thin glaze. Drizzle over each cake.

Makes 2 loaf cakes.

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  1. Wow! That looks fabulous! I love how the glaze on the top gives it a little bit of a striped effect. Thanks for another great recipe, with beautiful photos, as always.

  2. I believe I'm going to be forced to make this...by my tastebuds. Your photos are spectacular and the description puts it over the top! Thanks for such a great recipe.

  3. Oh my! This looks beautiful.
    Chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven.

  4. Wow, that sure looks good! I don't doubt it tastes as good as it looks. I may have to try it soon. Haven't made a pound cake in ages.

  5. BigSis - I didn't like the look of the topping at first, but as it sat I warmed up to it!

    Tanis P - Enjoy!

    Sasha - Isn't the combo wonderful?

    Luana - It was a nice twist on pound cake for sure.

  6. So I just came upon this site via a google search looking for a chocolate pound cake. I actually quartered the recipe which made a very short loaf but omg. So incredibly delicious. Word can't express how delicious this was. Thanks so much. I'm still just recovering from how good it was.