Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cold Oven Pound Cake with Strawberry filling

There is a Pound Cake recipe in every cookbook. . .and basically. . there is nothing new under the sun. I have tested several different pound cake recipes in search for an "easy as a cake mix" and into the oven.

The method I use is slightly different. .and simpler than the classic creaming of the butter and sugar. The pound cake itself can be used for a variety of uses. .and it works well with berry season. The Strawberries from California are plenty in the stores now. . and you don't have to make a slice cake like I have shown. . you can simply serve a slice of pound cake with sliced strawberries and whipped cream.

Cold Oven Pound Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 cup hot melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large room temperature farm fresh eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups cake and pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Method

  1. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder onto a piece of waxed paper or a large bowl.

  2. In a blender or preferably food processor. . combine the sugar and the eggs and vanilla. .process one minute.

  3. Slowly in a steady stream. .pour the melted cooled butter through the tube. Process until combined.

  4. Put the wet ingredients into a larger bowl. .and add the flour .. a third at a time. .blending t with a whisk. .. . until all the flour is combined.

  5. Prepare one 9 X 5 loaf pans or 3 small loaf pans.

  6. Spread the batter evenly in the pans.

  7. Place in COLD oven.

  8. Turn oven to 325 F.

  9. Bake the the larger pan for 45 minutes . . then check with a toothpick ..the toothpick should have a lingering crumb or two. If it isn't quite there. . check it again after five minutes. . The smaller loaf pans. . check after 30 minutes and then every five minutes after. If you bake them too long. .they will be dry. .

  10. Remove from pans to cooling rack while still warm.

Strawberry Filling


Ingredients

  • 1 pound . . 2 1/2 cups sliced or diced washed strawberries. .California strawberries won't really break down. . so consider how large you want them in the filling.
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  1. Combine the cornstarch and sugar.

  2. Put the prepared strawberries in a medium saucepan.

  3. Add the cornstarch and sugar.

  4. Turn to medium high heat and stir constantly until hot and bubbly and thickened. . .about 3 - 4 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat. . pour into a large shallow bowl to cool completely before constructing your strawberry slice cake.

Making the Strawberry Slice Cake (serves 8)



  1. Slice your cooled Loaf pan baked Pound cake into 4 layers. . .the top rounded edge is reserved for snacking or another use. You will use 3 flat layers for this cake.

  2. Whip 1 cups whipping cream combined with one package whipping cream stabilizer (the stabilizer is important since the cake will be refrigerated overnight) and 2 tablespoons sugar. Set aside.

  3. Line the loaf pan with plastic wrap with sides hanging over to remove the cake later.

  4. Divide the strawberry filling over each pound cake layer.

  5. Put the first layer in the loaf pan and put 1/3 of the whipped cream on top.

  6. Repeat. . but on the last layer. .put the remainder of the whipping cream in a decorator bag and use a star tip to decorate the top as you wish.

  7. Freeze until just firm. . .and then slice and refrigerate. Cutting while slightly frozen gives nice neat slices. If you try to slice it without freezing. . you will get the classic. . .mess.

This cake is a perfect make ahead cake. .just freeze until the day you want to serve it. .take it out in the morning. . slice it. . and keep refrigerated until a half hour before serving.

13 comments:

  1. That is done up beautifully Lovella! Looks very yummy..

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  2. What a beauty of a dessert this is! Looks fabulous Lovella!

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  3. I love EVERYTHING with Strawberries! YUMMY!

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  4. I've never heard of cold oven pound cake, This looks like you went to a lot of work, but the end result was worth it! It's beautifully presented! How many pound cakes do you have ready? =)

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  5. Gorgeous desert! I can't wait for Strawberry season to try it!
    Thanks for showing us this unforgettable dessert!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  6. Thanks for letting us help you enjoy this dessert....while cheering on our Canucks. It was delicious, and looked so pretty too. Seeing all your little 'trial' cakes on the counter I'm sure you will be creative with afew upcoming desserts....great for trifle too. Kathy

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  7. this looks delicious. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog I have visited yours many times in the past and love the recipes you share

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  8. That looks so good! Your pictures are always an inspiration to get cooking.

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  9. Mmmmm, how is that you can make the simple into magnificant....strawberries and pound cake.....if only we had scratch and sniff :-i don't smell the coffee.....

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  10. It's that time of year...Fresh strawberries and cake.
    I think I will try this recipe for my specialty cake.

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  11. Delicious and I never made a cold pound cake but will give your recipe a try this summer. Thank you.
    Joyce

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  12. Oh, this is so.. happening today! It was my hubbies birthday yesterday. I had to work. So, this will be a nice surprise when he gets home from work. He loves pot roast, potatoes, carrots, onion. You get it I'm sure. He's a meat and potatoes kind of a guy. But, he also loves sweets. Thanks for inspiring me.
    ~~Terrie~~

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  13. Delicious! Made this for Father's day, it was pretty quick and easy. I didn't decorate the top; I found all the cream was gone by the time the cake was filled.

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