I love pound cake. Regular pound cake, buttermilk pound cake, lemon pound cake – any and all pound cake. With leavening or without. Powdered (confectioners’) sugar or granulated sugar. Just let me eat it! One thing I really enjoy is using pound cake as the ‘cake’ for birthday’s or anything that I’m going to ice. I don’t do it for all of them – it’s up to the person receiving (of course) … if I get to choose though then it’s just a traditional pound cake recipe I use.
With that said, my daughter’s birthday is tomorrow and her party is this weekend. She’s torn between cupcakes or cake and which kind. The only thing she is sure of is that she wants buttercream icing and alien themed (yes, alien). So we set about this weekend trying some variations.
I’ll let you know in advance that it was requested that I give half of the bundt pound cake to a family member ASAP (as it was needed). Then we needed to test out icing variations too regarding the buttercream (just an excuse for me to eat more sugar *lol*) so I didn’t use my tube pan as it’s super deep and I opted to use my medium bundt pan along with a small loaf pan. I’m so used to being on automatic pilot for this recipe that I zoned out and went about my business until I realized: “oh no! I don’t have the whole amount of batter!” You betcha! I love the crunchy pound cake topping but I don’t love the cake to look dark like I added cocoa! It was still delicious – I can assure you of that but I wish I had taken it out 12 to 15 minutes earlier. The coloring of the loaf pan pound cake was perfect and so was the crunchy topping.
Just for the record when I use a pound cake for say a birthday cake, I do even it up and remove the crunchy top (and I save it … for me haha) so that it is completely even and “pretty”. Remember too, that you can add variations to this recipe such as: no vanilla or almond or just vanilla or just almond (if you have a vanilla bean – definitely use that as it is devine) or lemon; I think you get the idea.
If you have any questions, please be sure to ask below and I’ll do my best to answer!