Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bake someone happy: Chocolate Chip Pound Cake


I want to share with you a favorite recipe. I'm a fair-to-middlin' cook, not a great cook. . . but I think I could call myself an above-average baker. I love to bake cookies, pies, cakes, breads. Maybe I'm better at cooking these kinds of food because these are the foods I love to eat. Hmmm.

I made a birthday cake for a dear friend this week. It's a bit of a tradition that I've established with a few precious friends, all of them fellow moms (you know--the people who are responsible for making the cakes in their families). It's great fun for me to lavish this little bit of love on them on their birthdays.


Nine times out of ten, I'll make them a chocolate pound cake. The recipe was given to me years ago by a sweet woman named Ruby Bea (isn't that a wonderful Southern name?), so my kids always call it "Ruby Bea Cake." Call it what you want; this is one of my favorite cakes EVER. Why? It's delicious. It smells heavenly when it's baking. It travels well (no frosting). It freezes well. And it's easy to make. Here's the recipe. Try it for yourself. I can pretty much guarantee good results.

Chocolate Pound Cake

1 devil's food cake mix (any brand, any variety)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 small package instant chocolate pudding
1 heaping cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a Bundt pan (or do what I do and just spray it with nonstick cooking spray).

Place cream cheese in mixer bowl. Beat cream cheese a bit to soften. Add cake mix; beat a bit to combine with cream cheese. Scrape sides of bowl. Add oil, water, and vanilla; beat well. Scrape sides of bowl again. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in pudding mix; beat until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour/spoon batter into prepared pan. Note: the batter will be very, very thick. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour, not a moment more. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes. Remove cake from pan.


I wish there were a scratch-n-sniff feature on your computer. Mmmmm. Heaven for your nose, right here in this little cake.

Dust it with powdered sugar if you like. Serve it with vanilla ice cream or raspberry sauce if you want to be fancy. Or just cut a slice and eat it with your fingers: it's very dense, so it's a good eat-from-a-napkin cake.

You will like it. I promise. Try it yourself and see!


12 comments:

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Hi Richella! This cake is soooo good~I have this same recipe, except mine calls for sour cream instead of the cream cheese. You make me want some right now :) It is a family favorite of ours too~

Simply Susan said...

The recipe sounds delicious! I will have to give it a try when it cools down a little bit more ;o)

Thena said...

Oh my goodness. More chocolate. YUM!!!!!

Annikke said...

This sounds heavenly! I have bookmarked it!! yum yum yum, can't wait to try it!

Amanda said...

That looks so FAB! I'm always up for a cake sans icing {way tooo sweet!} I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Stop.The.World. Just when I thought pound cake just couldn't get any better, you give me chocolate pound cake. Thank you for that.

~Amanda

Cherry's Jubilee said...

THat sounds soo yummy..love new recipes..thanks! First time visiting you. cherry

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I copied the recipe and I'll give it a try soon! It looks good (and pretty on that cake stand)!

Manuela

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Yummy! That looks really good.

Kristi said...

Just tried this tonight for a scrapbooking friend - delicious! It's going to be a family staple/secret, I think! Thanks so much. You are a great cook!

Kristi said...

Oh yes.....now I just need a pretty pedestal cake stand. :) Good for the b'day wish list, hm? Thanks, Richella!

Beth said...

Since I found your blog this summer, I have made this cake for a friend's birthday, three families that had babies, one friend that was having a difficult day (it was her deceased father's birthday) and one friend that had surgery. Every single family has commented how much they loved the cake. My family loves this cake too. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe. It is so easy, yet impressive. I love your blog.

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