Sunday, September 1, 2013

Moistest Ever White Chocolate Pound Cake with Fresh Orange Glaze for Labor Day #SundaySupper


I got married way too young, which I blame almost entirely on my ability to bake.

We were celebrating our third anniversary... which back then seemed incredibly important, yet as I write this now, I can't help but giggle knowing I'm talking about... months.  And true to form, I had spent the entire week planning an elaborate celebration dinner, complete with roses, balloons, and a card table set up in our living room with the good linens... don't forget the Martinelli's (hey, we were 17).  And that entire day baking my most lovely and delicious creation ever... my Mocha Cheesecake.

I was a really bad dater.  I never did well at playing hard to get.

But, I didn't care.  Three months earlier when I first saw him working down by the boats, I knew he was the one.  And that day, after having eating at least half of the very large piece of Mocha Cheesecake I had proudly served him; and finally admitting to me with a sheepish grin, and a queasy tummy, that his absolute worst hated food was cheesecake... I knew I was in love.

Needless to say, I didn't make many more desserts for him throughout our courtship... or our marriage.  Unless, it was for a holiday, or unless it was a bundt cake.

He does love a good bundt cake.
(And I love it when it comes out of the pan in one piece... oh man, just look at this beauty!)

  
But, what's not to love?

If you think about it... what other cake is just as good with or without a topping? Or could be just as appropriate served on paper plates at a casual picnic, as on the good china as a show stopping dessert at an elegant affair?  And don't even get me started on its ingenious design.  Not only because of how pretty it looks in presentation... with fruit, or flowers overflowing from the center.  But also, when you go back for just "one more tiny taste," everyone knows that the half slices don't really count as seconds.  No guilt with this bundt.

So, for this week's Sunday Supper's Labor Day theme (which is hosted by Crazy Foodie Stunts), I couldn't help but go with a dessert.  And to play it safe, I went with a bundt... but not just any bundt.  I had planned to go with Mom's famous recipe for a deep, dark, rich chocolate bundt, now known as the Richest Ever cake, and rightly so.  But at the last minute, my creativity got the best of me.

I replaced the semi sweet chocolate chips with white chocolate chips, almond extract for the vanilla, and added in some fresh orange zest to the cake, and fresh orange juice to the glaze to balance out all the sweetness.  And since one can never have a cake that's too sweet, or too rich... I added in some heavy whipping cream... along with the butter.  And the buttermilk.  This cake would surely live up to its "Richest Ever" roots, and then some.

And the result?


"Moistest cake ever," he said.

And I concurred.  And so, the name was changed.

And while I still don't quite get his disdain for one of my most favorite things on Earth... I'll gladly make this for him again, and again... and again.

Rich.  Moist.  Worthy of that second half piece... and more. 

A better than cheesecake, bundt.

  
Moistest Ever White Chocolate Pound Cake with Fresh Orange Glaze

For the cake:

4 eggs, separated
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
6-ounce package of white chocolate chips, melted in 1/2 C. heavy cream (in a pan on the stove top).
l cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon almond extract
21/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Beat the egg whites until stiff, and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar.  Beat in the egg yolks, then the melted chocolate, buttermilk, and almond extract.
3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat into the chocolate mixture.
Stir in about 1/3 of the egg whites to lighten the batter and then fold in the rest (gently,
but thoroughly).
4. Turn the batter into a greased and floured tube pan, Bake in a 350 degree over for one
hour, or until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Let cool on a rack.

For the glaze:

1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
Juice from one orange
Heavy cream to reach desired consistency (I used about 1/4 cup)

Wisk together all ingredients and drizzle over cake.

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26 comments:

  1. As I knew it would, your title is true to the promised product...Or so it seems from the photo which, of course, I'm Pinteresting =) And, yes, this is a keeper recipe...FYI, Diana, I sympathize with your plight of the beloved who disdains most desserts..My hubby has a love/hate relationship with sugar...But I bet he would love this white chocolate Bundt cake, too =)

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    1. Thank you Kim!!! And funny on our men... well, probably best in my case that I don't have this stuff around the house much anyways... way too little will-power ;-)

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  3. Oh my, your Bundt cake sounds out of this world. Orange, white chocolate I would dunk it in my cup of hot steaming coffee. Yum - thank you for sharing ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

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    1. Thanks Bea... and wow, love the idea of dunking it in some morning coffee!!! ;-)

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  4. This cake is absolutely GORGEOUS! I am also a fan of bundt cakes. They're so elegant but so simple at the same time. Plus, they don't need a fancy frosting--the glaze adds just the right amount of flair and flavor. This version looks incredible--I can see wyhy your hubby likes it so much.

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    1. I agree, no fancy frosting needed! Thank you so much Courtney!!! :-)

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  5. I love making bundt cakes too, and get giddy every time it comes out of the pan perfectly! :) Your cake is absolutely beautiful, and the orange and white chocolate combinations is delicious.

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    1. Thank you Alida!!! And yes, a huge sigh of relief when they come out in one piece ;-)

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  6. Oh your cake looks absolutely stunning Diana!!!It looks every bit the richest and moistest cake and I love the orange and white chocolate combo!!

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    1. Hi Soni! Thanks for stopping by, and yes... I love orange and chocolate together too!!! :-)

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  7. Aw, your husband sounds like a great guy. My husband STILL does that - eat stuff he doesn't like, just so he doesn't hurt my feelings. But this bundt? BEAUTIFUL. I need a piece, please!

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    1. Thanks Lori! And all I can say is... men!!! Thanks for stopping by ;-)

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  8. This looks SO incredibly gorgeous... and oh so very moist!!

    P.S. I LOVE the blog redesign, so so so much! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Nicole! Really appreciate all your support, and so happy to have met such awesome people w/Sunday Supper!!! xoxo

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  9. Yay I can comment! I love your new blog design and this recipe too!

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    1. Yay!!! Thank you so much for stopping by Renee!!!

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  10. Hooray!!! I was so bummed when I couldn't comment on this delicious cake!!! I am definitely baking this one!!!

    PS...I love your new look.

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    1. Thanks Liz!! I appreciate it so much!!! :-) And hope you enjoy the cake... super yummy!

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  11. White chocolate cake sounds like the perfect dessert! You definitely found an awesome guy since he ate that cheesecake. I really enjoyed reading this super sweet story!

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  12. Your bundt cake came out perfectly! I'll take a slice, please! It looks amazing, and I'm sure your husband loved it!

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  13. It does look wonderful! Aren't Bundt cakes just beautiful! ! haha and I loved the story about the cheesecake. :)

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  14. This cake is amazing! Just finished making it for the first time. This is definitely a keeper!!!!

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    1. Hi Mary! I'm so glad you liked it!!! :-) YAY!

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