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Monday, August 22, 2011

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

As many of you know, there is a new fun club in the food blog world called the Secret Recipe Club.  Well, it has grown from the original 20 something members to well into the 170s or more in just a few months.  We are now so big that we reveal on different weeks just to make it manageable for Amanda, our fearless leader.  This month, I am in the "B" group.  I was given the new-to-me Butter Cream Barbie blog.   She, like me, loves to bake.  I loved reading through her recipe index page.  There were so many things that I wanted to make from cheesecakes to brownie buttons.  In the end, though, I chose her Brown Sugar Pound Cake...because I had a new pan that I really wanted to try, too.
Mini bundt cakes!!!
Of course I changed things.  Her pound cake (from Martha Stewart) used leavening and she baked it in a loaf pan.  I was afraid it would be too tender for my molds, so I opted to turn it into a more traditional pound cake, using just the eggs as leavening.  Then I halved the recipe to fit my little cakes....that may have been a mistake because halfway through, I forgot I was halving the recipe and added the full flour.... I think next time that I need to just make the full recipe and then find some other little pans to use the rest. I am not to be trusted when it comes to math, distractions and the kitchen
After adjusting the time, I ended up with these little guys.  They were a little dry (3 cups of flour will do that, Kristen!), so I whipped up a simple vanilla flavored syrup and poured it over them while they were warm and let them soak all afternoon before serving them at dinner.  That seemed to do the trick.  The brown sugar flavor with the butter was wonderful.  I would definitely recommend the recipe....just don't fiddle with halves or doubles if you have five children (who at the time were in school, but I am still using them as an excuse!).

Brown Sugar Pound Cake (here is the original recipe )
1 cup butter
2 1/4 cup brown sugar
5 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
3/4 cup buttermilk (I used evaporated instead)
Cream the butter and brown sugar.  Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.  Add the vanilla and mix.  Alternate adding the flour and the buttermilk until all is smooth.  Pour into greased bundt pan(s) and bake 325 degrees for a big cake 1 hour, for minis, 35 minutes or until tests done with a toothpick.

http://verygoodrecipes.com/cake



69 comments:

Tina said...

Nice recipe choice and I like that you made individual cakes. Nothing like a good poundcake-yum! Thanks for sharing.

Angie {Successful2gether} said...

mmmmm :) delish! great choice and i love your mini cakes!

Three-Cookies said...

Sounds great. Nice idea to make small cakes, there would be more crust!

Trisha said...

These are so precious. I love mini treats! They look really yum!

Barefoot Pregnant and In The Kitchen said...

whenever I see brownsugar in a recipe title I have to click... my favorite! These look so good!! I have a mini bundt pan but I have never had much luck with it... the cakes always seem to stick. Maybe I'll try this recipe and see if it will work with the pan I have!!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Ditto on the brown sugar. Add pound cake to that and I'm completely sold.

Dan said...

Are the comments sounding all alike - it's the brown sugar that caught my attention too! Looks awesome, and I like your personal-sized cake pans.

bonnie at sweet life said...

heard so many great reviews of the secret recipe club, love your mini versions!!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

I hate when I halve a recipe and accidentally add all of one of the ingredients! (I do it way more than I'd like to admit.) These look awesome though! I would've never known you added too much flour!

Lisa~~ said...

What a wonderful recipe and I love that they're minis! If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A" ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

Super cute pans! I love mini desserts.

Erin said...

These look fantastic! Great choice!

Gloria said...

Look delicious!! gloria

Sanjeeta kk said...

Oh..I love those cute little pound cakes! Having fun being with you in SRC.

Desi said...

Stopping by from SRC - Ha I hate when I goof up measurements... we all do it! :) But these lil mini cakes are super cute, and I bet they taste amazing! I already love pound cake, and make it a brown sugar pound cake and I'm sold! I really need to start baking more.

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Camilla said...

I WILL be trying these! Thanks for sharing.

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

cant wait to try this!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Hi Kristen - Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for leaving such a nice comment. I'm in next week's round of SRC and can't wait. Your brown sugar pound cake looks delicious.

BigFatBaker said...

Great job with the bundt cakes! I love the minis :) I also like the use of brown sugar, it gives baked goods such a nice molasses-y flavor!

AndiWinslow said...

Cute little cakes, nice post andi

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks so cute and yummmmm... Loved the shapes

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

They sound awesome and they look adorable!

Beth said...

I've always wanted to try this recipe. It sounds so good!

And I can get easily distracted when I try to halve or double recipes too!

Jen@Mom's Online Garage Sale said...

Wow, they look delicious.

Newest GFC follower from vB Hopper Mania. Have a great week!

Lynne said...

I haven't made a brown sugar pound cake in ages! Thanks for the recipe! Your little bundt cakes look delicious!

Peggy said...

This is such a lovely looking pound cake! I love the cute molds =)

Great choice for the SRC!

Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

This sounds delicious. I made my first brown sugar pound cake a couple weeks ago. Yours has far fewer ingredients, it sounds yummy!

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

CUTE little cakes! And I do always mess up when I half-recipes. But I am getting better. I only have 4 kids (and 3 are adults) :-)

Thanks again for being a part of SRC, I enjoyed being your host! I finished linky everyone and organizing and now I get to visit everyone's blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

Come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/cucumber-salad-secret-recipe-club.html

redkathy said...

Oh my gooossshhh these look amazing!! I adore pound cake and can't wait to try your brown sugar variety!

Stacey Rider said...

Your little pound cakes look wonderful! I bet they taste amazing!

Drick said...

individual cakes, love it - could eat a dozen... actually, I do want to try this brown sugar recipe, it sounds very good, and I do mix up my math all the time too

Jennifer said...

Brown sugar and butter...in a pound cake...YUM! My husband would LOVE these!
If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to drop by my blog and check out my SRC recipe this month: Chocolate Cobbler

Jennifer @ Jane Deere

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

What cute little cakes!

Kim Bee said...

This looks delicious. Great job on this one.

Ryan said...

These look delicious and your mini bundt pans are so cute! That's a great tip to make a syrup to poor over a cake if you think it may be too dry. I'm going to try that next time-- I never thought of that!

Erin said...

Yum! I love pound cake! Your little molds are perfect too!

Julie said...

I love all things pound cake! These look delicious.

Roxana GreenGirl said...

your mini pound cakes are super cute! Love the different pattern :) and of course, I love eating cake!! but who doesn't?

Sue said...

How cute and tasty your mini pound cakes look:)

Ann said...

Absolutely stunning! I love that you changed it up enough to put in the cake moulds...which are FAB! The cake sounds delicious, too! I've happily buzzed this one!

Tiffanee said...

Oh WOW! I didn't think I was hungry until I came to your blog! This looks to die for and so cute!! Cannot wait to try this out. Guess what I am making tomorrow..oh yum!!

Prathima Rao said...

Cute & tempting pound cake!!! I loved the addition of brown sugar...
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

JENNi said...

Those pictures look amazing! Makes me wanna make a pound cake mmm!! Stopping by to show some love to a fellow VB peer!
Jenni

http://jenni-reviews.blogspot.com

Rita D K Simmons said...

Love those pound cakes and what fun molds too. Great job and thanks for the share.

Joanne said...

As if pound cake couldn't get any more addictive...you made it with brown sugar. Fabulous!

Kathy said...

How cute!! I love the little bundt cakes and I love how you then improvised to make the cakes you made work for you! That is what I love about cooking, when I make a "mistake" I can find a way to make it even better!! I only have 3 kids, who will be in shcool in a few weeks, and I get distracted even when they are not uderfoot, I plan to blame them even when they are all grown up. The children may grow up the brain damage remains!! Lol!! Great post and great site!!

Kathy - visiting from VB and memebers to remember!

Dayna said...

this recipe looks easy - even I could make it. I'm visiting from VB members to remember. Have a great day.

Dayna

RavieNomNoms said...

I love that you made these individual. I am a big fan of doing things that way...they are too much fun.

danasfoodforthought said...

Great SRC choice! These sound delicious, and are adorable to boot! I bet the venilla syrup was a great addition.

Ali said...

they look delicious :) Great idea to add the syrup to moisten them up a bit.

Pretend Chef said...

I have all of the ingredients on hand to give this one a try. Added this recipe to my must make list. Your minis are too cute and make me giddy. Seems less guilty that way. Great SRC pick. The vanilla syrup sounds like a great addition.

Holly Henry said...

What a great idea using the mini bundt pans! Very creative, fun and delicious :)

Holly
http://www.simplequintessentialcuisine.com/

Kate@Diethood said...

WOW! That is gorgeous! I love mini anything...it just makes everything look that much better. :)

Olusola said...

I'm sure you've heard this before, but visiting your blog made me so hungry, I'll have a second go at dinner :(

kita said...

Ive been wanting to try a brown sugar pound cake since I saw the words on the screen. It just sounds amazing. These little ones are so cute! I just joined Secret Recipe Club and am in group C. Its so much fun!

Tiffany said...

These shapes are too cute! And because they're mini, you don't have to feel guilty for eating the whole thing! :D

Rhonda said...

Checking you out through SRC, mini anything is so much better.

mywanderingspoon said...

Beautiful, I am big fan of baking in individual molds....great work:)
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Lilly said...

Your molds are sooo cute! And I love your white plate as well. So pretty.

Monet said...

Mini poundcakes...too cute! I've never tried a poundcake recipe made with brown sugar before. Thank you for sharing with me tonight...it was a lovely and delicious way to end my day. Much love from Austin!

briarrose said...

Such adorable little minis. This recipe looks delicious.

Aimee said...

These look fabulous! Perfect portion :)

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

thanks for visiting my blog! I love seeing all these SRC recipe choices. Love your mini pound cake portions

Sandra said...

I love love love the mini bundt pans. I said I wouldn't buy anymore but yours are so cute. Looking forward to trying this recipe too!

Eileen said...

I never met a pound cake I didn't like - lol.. Your cakes look so cute and, I have those same plates.

The Harried Cook said...

I am going to join the Secret Recipe Club soon too! Can't wait! :) I love pound cake, and this cake with the brown sugar sounds yummy, and I love the shape.. Such cute baking pans!

Amy said...

Looks great! SRC is turning out to be so much fun -- lots of new recipes to try!

i- lostinausten said...

Lovely! I like mini cakes & yours look soo yummy. I never bake pound cake before but I will surely try yours. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

marla said...

These pound cakes look amazing!
Stopping by from group C. Fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my link for August, would love if you stopped by to say *hi* http://su.pr/1Sizv9

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