Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mini Chocolate Pound Cakes - Recipe

My husband's Aunt Nell use to make the best chocolate pound cake.  Unfortunately she passed away a few years ago and I've not been able to locate her recipe. I went hunting in hopes of locating a good substitute and while it's not Aunt Nell's this one is very good. 

 Mini Chocolate Pound Cake Loaf
This cake is rich and dense without being too sweet - a very good pound cake.

Originally pound cakes were made from a pound of sugar, a pound of butter, a pound of flour and a pound of eggs...that's why they were called pound cakes.
This recipe calls for...

 Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe
                                             3 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
                                             1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                                             1 teaspoon baking powder
                                             1/2 teaspoon salt
                                             3 sticks of Butter
                                             3 cups sugar
                                             5 eggs
                                             1- 12oz can of evaporated milk
                                             2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

This recipe works great in a 9 or 10 inch bundt type pan.
 I like to make mini loaves so is the perfect amount of batter to  fill up 6 mini bunts and 4 mini loaves.

Shift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; then set it aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
(this is one of those times I wish I had a stand mixer)

 Once the butter is creamed, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.

Alternate adding in the sifted dry ingredients and the 
evaporated milk till everything is smooth and silky.  

I add in 1/4 of the flour mix then 1/3 of the milk and repeat till it's all mixed. 
I add in the vanilla with the final bit of the milk, before adding in the last of the flour mix.

I love baking with these mini pans.
The 6 small bunts make the perfect size mini treat to enjoy
or share and the small loaves are perfect for gift giving.

The pans are by Nordic Ware
The 6 mini is the Multi Mini Bundt Pan - capacity 6 cups
The other is the Bundt Mini Loaf - capacity 8 cups

 Prep the baking pans by greasing and adding flour to them or 
give them a good spraying with Baker's Joy. -  (I love this product)

  Fill the pans to 3/4 full with the batter.
Bake both together at 325 degrees.

 The smaller 6 minis are done in 20-25 minutes.
(these were done at 23 minutes)

The slightly larger Mini Loves take about 40 - 45 minutes to bake.
(these came out 20 minutes after the others so 43 minutes total bake time)
FYI - The recipe shows that a large bundt pan would take about 1 Hr 20 Min.

Add a bit of powdered sugar on top of the mini cakes and they are ready to serve.
I could not resist buying this cute Mrs. Clause apron for the Holidays.

The Mrs Clause Apron is from Pier 1 Imports.

 I prefer not to turn the mini loaves pattern side up since the crust side is so yummy looking.
These make the perfect mini gift loaf to brighten someone's day.

I think it's time for some hot cocoa and a slice. Yum, Yum!

Grins and Giggles,

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