Enjoy our favorite healthy pound cake recipes that deliver full flavor in every bite.
April 04, 2013
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Pound Cake Perfection
The original recipe for classic pound cake had a 1-to-1-to-1-to-1 ratio of eggs, butter, sugar, and flour—often calling for a full pound of butter. The result was confection perfection: compact, moist little crumbs surrounded by a browned sugar crust. Here we reveal our best tricks for producing the same delightful dessert with less than a quarter of the traditional butter quantity.
First up is our Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze. Look for whole-wheat pastry flour in the baking aisle at major supermarkets. Garnish with additional strawberries and fresh mint leaves.
Because of the addition of cornmeal to the batter, the texture of this pound cake resembles a sweet and tender cornbread instead of the usual dense texture you might expect from a traditional pound cake. Top this simple cake with whipped cream and berries for a company-worthy dessert.
An easy, versatile chocolate sauce dresses up store-bought pound cake for a simple dessert offering. For a festive fondue dessert, substitute an orange-flavored liqueur like Triple Sec for the coffee-flavored one (or omit the liqueur altogether), and dunk fresh orange sections, dried apricots, marshmallows, or pretzel rods into the sauce.
Make the cake ahead, and freeze it for up to two weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature before glazing. Follow the directions for applying the glaze in two steps to allow it to permeate the cake more thoroughly. A fresh basil sprig is a lovely garnish.