October 25, 2015

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Maple-Espresso Glaze

Ok, so things have been pretty quiet around here lately. I guess having a kid will do that. I have less time to cook and bake, but really it's the time to type up the recipes that has kept me from posting. For better or worse I guess it seems like I should do the laundry and all that instead of keep up my blog. Here's a recipe I actually made a few months ago, but just stumbled across again...

It seems like maybe there is too much going on in this cake, and maybe there is for some people, but I thought it was good. I adapted it from Bon Appetit as a birthday cake for my husband, though I think it would be better as a coffee cake. The glaze makes it pair well with the right coffee.

The first time I baked this, I must not have greased the pan enough. The sides stuck and the whole thing was ruined. I made it again, being extra careful to butter the bundt pan thoroughly. It turned out fine after that. All's well that ends well, right?

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Maple-Espresso Glaze

  • 1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, divided, plus more more pan
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously butter a 12-cup Bundt pan. Dust pan lightly with flour and tap out the excess. 
  2. Mix chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons flour in medium bowl. Sift remaining flour with baking soda, baking powder, and salt into another medium bowl. 
  3. Using electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla extract and maple extract. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk in 2 additions. Fold in chocolate chip mixture. Transfer batter to prepared pan, spreading evenly.
  4. Bake cake until tester comes out clean and cake begins to separate from the sides of the pan, about 1 hour. Cook cake in pan on rack 30 minutes before inverting onto a rack to cool completely.
  5. Combine powdered sugar, maple syrup, 2 tablespoons cream, and espresso powder in medium bowl. Whisk until smooth, adding more cream by 1/2 teaspoonfuls if glaze is too thick. Spoon glaze over top of cake. Let stand at room temperature until glaze sets, about 1 hour. 
Serves 12

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