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Chocolate Almond Pound Cake

Chocolate Almond Pound Cake ~ The Complete Savorist

 Yes ladies and gentlemen, I baked. I have been flirting with the idea for quite some time, and today, I finally got around to do it.  Good news is; it didn’t kill me.  Bad news is; I have eaten a lot of cake and icing.
My aversion to baking isn’t because I lack the skills to do it.  It boils down to two things: the first is I cannot eat baked goods in enough quantity to make it worth the endeavor.  It was perfect when my baking-neighbor Jaclyn lived across the street from me because she would just bring a portion or two over. I was limited. Except for one time with her lemon-blueberry cake, I did go over and ask for more.The second thing is I feel I have no freedom or creativity in baking.  I don’t understand the science of baking well enough to feel I can just go in and whip something up.  Sure I can swap out chocolate chips for butterscotch chips in a cookie recipe or a walnut for a pecan.  But messing with flour/baking soda/baking powder ratios is not something I know anything about.Now, that being said, getting down and dirty, and actually playing with the ingredients, even though I followed a recipe and only slightly mixed it up (because I do not know how to leave well enough alone) was FUN.  That part surprised me.  Using my mixer was wonderful, as it has sat on the counter for years with very little love.

I think I might be ready to bake in again in a month or two as summer fades to fall.  I will do some research on baking and see what I can do.

As I stated, I followed a recipe almost exactly.  I went to one of my three-ring binders and found something that looked delicious to me (which is silly because it all looked delicious or it wouldn’t be in the binder.) Since I baked on a whim, I needed a recipe that I actually had all the ingredients on-hand.  This one was perfect.  The only altering I did to this recipe was adding baking cocoa to both the cake and icing.  I did play a bit more with the icing.  I mean who doesn’t love chocolate almond? I hope you enjoy this cake as much I have.

Oh and to keep me from eating too much, I shared it with three of my neighbors.

I’d also like to thank my friend Melissa over at The Front Porch Gourmet for her moral support through this little adventure.  She’s the pound cake queen (among many other things)!!!

Chocolate Almond Pound Cake

Servings: 16
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 21/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Chocolate Almond Glaze

  • 11/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 31/2 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon of baking cocoa powder
  • 21/2 tablespoons of milk

Instructions

Cake

  1. Allow butter, cream cheese, and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, grease and lightly flour 10-inch fluted bundt or tube pan; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 325°.
  5. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium-high (or medium) speed for about 30 seconds or until softened.
  6. Gradually add sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on medium speed about five minutes or until very light and fluffy.
  7. Add almond extract.
  8. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on medium-low (or low) speed for one minute after each addition and scraping bowl frequently.
  9. Gradually add the cocoa powder. Gradually add flour mixture, beating on low speed just until combined.
  10. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  11. Bake about 75 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean.
  12. Cool in pan on wire rack fifteen minutes.
  13. Remove from pan. Cool thoroughly on wire rack about two hours.
  14. Top cake with glaze. Let stand 30 minutes to allow glaze to set.

Chocolate Almond Glaze

  1. In small mixing bowl beat together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cream cheese, almond extract, and milk to make of glazing consistency.
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Adding cocoa to the mixture
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Eggs in
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In the oven
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Baked
Chocolate Almond Pound Cake ~ The Complete Savorist

 This recipe has been recreated in whole with only the addition of cocoa powder from Better Homes and Garden’s Almond Pound Cake.
Chocolate Almond Pound Cake ~ The Complete Savorist
Chocolate Almond Pound Cake ~ The Complete Savorist
Chocolate Almond Pound Cake ~ The Complete Savorist

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Yvonne Roga
    July 30, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Can I be a taste taster? Everything looks amazing.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Please! I always need taste-testers. But I’ll give you a real chair and not a step stool.

  • Reply
    Kris S
    July 30, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I love your fancy mixer.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thank you Kris, my mixer is not used like it should be, it’s a waste for me to own such a lovely appliance. I purchased it with the intent to use it all the time to bake and then I had gastric bypass surgery and never got around to baking.

  • Reply
    Deborah
    July 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Ahhhhhh!!!! Do not do this to me! I would definitely eat the whole thing lol!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Deborah….I feel your pain. It’s why I don’t bake.

  • Reply
    Melissa
    July 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    You did a fabulous job Michelle! It’s GORGEOUS!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you Melissa! Your encouragement was all I needed.

  • Reply
    thelesleyshow
    July 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Yum! Do you deliver? I love chocolate anything!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Haha, I wish I could deliver to people. I’m with you on the anything chocolate too!

  • Reply
    Kungphoo
    July 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Great directions 🙂 This looks delicious and deadly all at the same time lol!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Luckily it’s so dense, you can only eat a bit at a time.

  • Reply
    Cate O'Malley
    July 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Looks like the perfect cake to serve when company is coming… yum!

  • Reply
    Sandi
    July 30, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Wow Michelle, what a drool worthy cake for your first forray into baking!! I bet your daughter is jumping for joy that she gets to eat this. I am so jealous.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Oh thank you Sandi, but I bet you could figure out how to make this GF.

  • Reply
    Laura O @PetiteAllergy Treats
    July 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    For not baking much this turned out wonderful! The fun has just begun…

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 31, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you Laura, it didn’t kill me so I might have to indulge again.

  • Reply
    Chrissy Mazzocchi
    July 30, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    This looks so delicious and your tester def approves! 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 31, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Yes, Chrissy, she did. She has even asked if there is more in the bowl (which sits on the counter) today.

  • Reply
    Diane (Created by Diane)
    July 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    this looks like one DELICIOUS cake!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you Diane, it was delicious. 😉

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    July 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    What a totally delicious looking cake!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 31, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you, it truly was delicious.

  • Reply
    Brandie
    July 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I think you should bake more often! I know of a certain husband who would love me to make this for him, and considering his love bundt cakes, I have no doubts it would be a hit.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Brandie, I might dabble from time to time. Thank you for the encouragement. I hope you and your hubby love it.

  • Reply
    Sharon
    July 31, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Oh my gosh, nom nom nom. Looks amazing and I want some!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 31, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Come on by Sharon, there is a bit more left.

  • Reply
    Don Purdum
    July 31, 2014 at 10:12 am

    OMG, that looks amazing. We printed off the recipe. Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 31, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Oh Thank you Don. I hope you all love it.

  • Reply
    janelle shank
    August 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

    for someone who doesn’t bake much, you rocked it out my friend!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks Janelle, it’s really your fault and the rest of SOF that I baked, so all credit is owed to you all.

  • Reply
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
    December 4, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Chocolate and almond go so well together!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Nancy! They really do.

  • Reply
    Nutmeg Nanny
    December 5, 2014 at 5:05 am

    This looks great! I love myself a big slice of pound cake…yum!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Oh me too, the bigger the better. 🙂

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