pound cake

Cherry Pound Cake and a Cute Breakfast Picnic

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Happy Wednesday, friends! In a fun and tasty shoutout to these end-of-summer days, I’ve teamed up with Bonne Maman to give you the ins and outs of throwing the cutest little picnic this side of the Mississippi. If you’ve got some pals who will join in and a hankering to eat al fresco, then keep reading and whet your tastebuds for a super simple picnic and a cherry pound cake to go with it.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Location

Location for a picnic, particularly here in the South, is everything. Will people show up to your mid-day picnic if there is no shade or breeze to be found? Probably. But do you risk early departures and sweaty guests? Also a yes. Scope out a location that will be comfortable for your guests at the time of picnic and be sure to pack accordingly. For example, planning an early evening cocktail picnic? Bring bug spray or a citronella candle to ward off bugs. Going for a high-noon affair? Spring for some paper fans and pack a cooler of ice to keep beverages (and your guests!) cool. 

Food

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box! I opted to throw a little breakfast picnic because I knew my crew would be awake early and eager to be outside before the heat of the day set in. Be sure to choose a theme and menu that suites the crowd you’re serving.

My number one rule of picnicking is to limit the menu to primarily semi-homemade and room temperature foods. There’s no reason to worry over the temperature of your tuna salad when your a platter of crudités would go over just as well, and you’ll save yourself tons of fuss if you opt to prepare only a select number of the menu items yourself. I like to pick up fresh fruits and bakery breads to supplement my picnic menus and limit my homemade items to one or two make-ahead treats. Cookies, bars, tea sandwiches, (or this cherry pound cake!) make great homemade options to serve your guests.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.Decor

As with any party, you’ll want to set the scene, but in the case of a picnic, I prefer to keep the details simple. Here, layered quilts and blankets in complementary patterns and colors are both functional and aesthetic. Woven bags serve dual purposes, first as food carriers and then as a flower vase for a few floral stems wrapped in wet paper towels and plastic wrap. Bread boards or galvanized metal trays used as serving platters match the provincial feel of a picnic and provide a sturdy place to rest glasses or bottled drinks. Beyond a few simple items, I prefer to let fruits and vegetables spruce up the picnic with their color and natural beauty. By combining a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, simple food can turn into beautiful, seasonal decor!

Guests and Activities

A picnic is a great way to welcome loads of friends into your social calendar. Pack a few extra blankets and encourage guests to BYOB or bring a finger food for sharing to keep the work load on any one person minimal. To transform your average picnic into a full-blown event, pack a few yard games and create a custom playlist to keep your guests engaged and having a ball. Even a few decks of cards or quick board games can help to keep the mood light and entertaining.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Cherry Pound Cake

Every picnic needs a show-stopping centerpiece and this cherry pound cake is just the thing. With a dense, buttery crumb and Bonne Maman INTENSE Cherry Fruit Spread swirled throughout, this cherry pound cake is a simple dessert that will serve and satisfy any crowd. To make it, we start by creaming together butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Eggs are added next along with plenty of vanilla extract. Finally, the dry ingredients are stirred in, alternating with room temperature sour cream that moistens this flavorful cake. As the thick batter is spooned into a prepared bundt pan, we swirl in the Bonne Maman INTENSE Fruit Spread. I chose to use cherry here, but any of their varieties would work splendidly. The cake bakes up thick and lightly sweetened and tastes wonderfully in slices served plain or with a bit of butter.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.Bonne Maman INTENSE Fruit Spreads contain simple ingredients and a homemade taste that work well with this cherry pound cake. With more fruit and 39% less sugar than their regular preserves, the spreads offer loads of that fresh fruit flavor that summertime picnics beg for. Plus, with time-honored recipes and real ingredients, Bonne Maman products are ones I feel good about baking into the foods that I serve to people that I love. This cherry pound cake showcases the fruit spread in an effortless yet beautiful way that really ups the ante at any gathering, especially a picnic.

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Whether you plan to picnic or not in the coming weeks, I hope you’ll give this cherry pound cake a try. It’s a delicious one-bowl recipe, and I can’t imagine you all not adoring it. Many thanks to Bonne Maman for sponsoring this post, and thanks to you all for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. Give this cherry pound cake a try and let me know what you think! Happy Wednesday and Happy Baking!

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

If you like this cherry pound cake you should try:

Stone Fruit Skillet Cobbler

Cherry Chip Cake

Marble Loaf Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake Loaf

Black Forest Ice Cream Cake

 

Print

Cherry Pound Cake and a Cute Breakfast Picnic

Berry Pound Cake recipe by wood and spoon. a vanilla bean butter cake is swirled with Bonne Maman intense fruit spread. Similar to a jam cake, this bundt cake is perfect for slicing as dessert or breakfast and makes a great gift to treat others with. Find this simple easy one bowl recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

This cherry pound cake is a moist butter and vanilla cake swirled with cherry fruit spread!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (400 gm) sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 21/4 cups (350 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • ½ cup Bonne Maman INTENSE Fruit Spread (I used cherry)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease and flour a bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add about half of the flour and the baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir on low until almost combined and then add the sour cream. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then stir in the remaining flour, just until combined. Use a rubber spatula to fold in any unincorporated bits. Spoon about 1//2 of the batter into the prepared pan and then spoon about ½ of the fruit spread on top. Repeat this process with the remaining batter and spread and use a knife to barely swirl the two together. Bake in the preheated oven until the cake has risen and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes in the pan and then invert the pan onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar if desired!

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

There’s something about January that is comforting to me. The gray skies force me inside to cozy up in worn blankets, and thick sweaters cover me like a second skin. Life’s pace seems to naturally slow after the holidays, and there is a calm within that time lulls me to rest. Almost instinctively, I read more, sleep more, think more, and as I fall in step with the gentle metronome of these winter days, I’m reminded to slow down.

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate WoodI like that this lemon pound cake feels right for January. Just as it seems fitting to warm myself by a simmering pot of stew on the stove or to sit with my children in front of the oven watching loaves of bread rise, I like waiting for this cake to bake and to cool. Just like these January days, this lemon pound cake feels simple and lazy. It’s the type of recipe that it suitable for snacking on throughout the day but is always best served with a cup of coffee or an afternoon tea.

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate WoodPreparing this lemon pound cake is simple. Cream together butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Eggs and extract come next and is incorporated before the dry and wet ingredients are added. Lemon zest and juice lend a bright and tangy flavor to this dense and moist loaf. After baking, the lemon pound cake should be golden, fairly flat on top, and left to cool in the pan before flipping out onto a serving platter. The glaze for this lemon pound cake is entirely optional. I like the tang and zip the sour cream and lemon juice icing adds to the loaf, and although the glaze simple, it makes an pretty adornment for an otherwise plain cake.

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

So what do you all do this time of year? Are you rushing to get caught up from the holiday whirlwind? Are you busy tackling your resolutions and to-do lists? Or have you, like me, settled on being settled for a while and to quiet yourself and your life? Either way, I hope you’ll give this lemon pound cake a try and let me know what you think. Happy Baking to you, friends!

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like this lemon pound cake you should try:

Marble Loaf Pound Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

 

Print

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This lemon pound cake is a bright and sweet in flavor, but comforting and rich in texture. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Loaf 1x
  • Category: Cake
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar (200 gm), see notes
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 11/2 cups (210 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 gm) milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

For the glaze:

  • 13/4 cup (200 gm) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream (buttermilk can be substituted in a pinch)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl and the beating an additional minute to incorporate. Stir in the vanilla and lemon zest.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir on low until almost combined. Add half of the milk and the lemon juice and stir to almost combine. Repeat this process with the remaining dry and wet ingredients, and fold with a rubber spatula to incorporate the last bits of ingredients.  Do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

To prepare the glaze:

  1. When you’re ready to prepare the glaze, whisk together all the ingredients until a viscous glaze forms. Add more powdered sugar to thicken it up and more sour cream or lemon juice to thin it out. Drizzle over top of the prepared cake and enjoy!

Notes

  • For an ultra dense and moist cake, you can add up to a ½ cup of brown sugar to this recipe.  This is a delicious addition, but in the spirit of the new year, I decided to keep it light for you all. Make the adjustment if you prefer.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Monday to my favorite band of butter and sugar pushers! Is your week off to a joyful start? Has January been treating you well?

Here in Alabama, we are experiencing one of the coldest winters of all time. (I’m talking icicles-hanging-off-your-car cold. Frozen-boogers-crusted-on-your-kid’s-face cold. Wearing-two-bras-to-hide-your-nipples cold.) We’ve been trapped inside for a few weeks now, and if the icy weather doesn’t get to you, being stuck inside with stir-crazy children probably does.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

The past few days have been spent building fires, watching reruns of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” and carb-loading from our positions on the couch. Of course my kids have loved these new winter privileges, but to be honest, being stuck inside with two tiny humans that are cracked out on cartoons and Teddy Grahams is pretty close to mental purgatory. The combination of boredom and pent-up energy is constantly at risk of combusting into a tornado of toys in the living room, food fights, or temper tantrums. Winter-pocolypse indeed.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

To stay busy, I’ve been baking up a storm. Save for a few cookies that burned while I was scraping peanut butter toast off the couch, these snow days have proved to be perfect baking weather, and I (with the exception of my waistline) am relishing it. Case and point: this marble loaf pound cake.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve long been a fan of the marble loaf pound cake at Starbucks. For years, it was the only treat from their glass case of microwavable calories that I was willing to spend dollars on. Despite numerous attempts to recreate it at home, I was never able to achieve that sweet and tender crumb of vanilla and chocolate that I longed for. Luckily, the forced hours indoors this past week have provided me ample time of test batches of marble loaf pound cake, and I could not be more pleased with the results. This recipe for marble loaf pound cake makes an indulgent treat, sweet enough for dessert and dainty enough for breakfast, and yields one huge loaf that is plenty for you and your family to snack on all winter long.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

To make it, we prepare two batters: one for the chocolate swirl and one for the vanilla. Both batters begin by creaming butter and sugar. Eggs and vanilla are added next, followed by the dry ingredients. To prepare the chocolate batter, we add just a touch of dark cocoa powder. Once completed, both batters are added to the pan in large scoops, and the loaf is marbled with the swirl of a knife. The whole thing bakes up into one giant, rich marble loaf pound cake.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can top the cake with a bit of chocolate ganache. The cake is totally delicious all on its own, but if you want it to stay true to the Starbucks original, it will require a chocolate glaze on top. Simply heat a small amount of whipping cream and stir it into semisweet chocolate chips. EASY!

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you don’t have the giant loaf pan that I recommend here, you can prepare this marble loaf pound cake in a 9″ square cake pan or in a few mini loaf pans. Be sure to not overflow your pan with batter or you will have a burn-on-the-bottom-of-your-oven situation, and I can promise you don’t want to deal with that. A square cake tastes just as good as a loaf, honest.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Give this marble loaf pound cake a whirl on these winter days. You most certainly won’t be disappointed. Have a great week and tune in on Friday for another recipe!

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this marble loaf pound cake, you should check out:

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Lemon Almond Poppyseed Bundt Cake

Blueberry Cornbread

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

 

Print

Marble Loaf Pound Cake

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This marble loaf pound cake is a chocolate and vanilla swirled, rich Southern-style pound cake loaf! Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
Scale

Ingredients

For the vanilla batter:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
  • 11/2 large eggs, at room temperature (save the other half for the chocolate batter)
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • ¾ cup (100 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) whole fat buttermilk, at room temperature

For the chocolate batter:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
  • 11/2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup (20 gm) dark cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (65 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) whole fat buttermilk, at room temperature

For the chocolate ganache (optional):

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 ounces heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Move a rack to the bottom third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a large 9.25” x 5.25” loaf pan with baking spray (see notes).
  2. Prepare the vanilla batter by creaming together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest and beat to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed until nearly combined. Add the buttermilk and stir on low to combine. Set this batter aside while you prepare the chocolate batter.
  3. Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for three minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs and vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the dry ingredients, mixing until the components are almost combined, and then add the buttermilk. Stir on low speed just until combined.
  4. Scoop 1/2 cup sized portions of the batters into the prepared pan, alternating regularly to achieve a marbled effect. Once all of the batter has been poured in, carefully smooth the top slightly, being careful not to muddy the colors of the batter too much. Insert a knife vertically into the batter and swirl back and forth about five or six times to get a good swirl throughout. Place the pan into the preheated oven and bake for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan prior to topping with the ganache.

To prepare the chocolate ganache:

  1. Finely chop the chocolate and place in a small mixing bowl. Heat the cream in the microwave or on the stovetop until steaming. Pour over the chocolate and cover the bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and stir to combine. If the chocolate has not melted enough, microwave briefly for about 10-15 seconds. Pour over the cake once thickened to the appropriate texture.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a loaf pan large enough for the batter, feel free to use a 9” square baking pan or pour extra batter into cupcake tins or a mini loaf tin. Be sure to not overflow a pan!

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If I could, I would box each and every one of you a loaf of this brown sugar pound cake. I’d fashion it with parchment paper and a curl of ribbon, along with a handwritten note of sorts. We’d nibble on a slice over a cup of coffee, and it’d be in that space that we’d share stories, the joys and the horrors, of our week. This brown sugar pound cake is the kind of treat that’s meant for gifting and inspires sharing, like a buttery little love note to send to the people who count.

I’ve recently spent a fair amount of time thinking about why I love this craft so much. In a matter of years, baking and cooking has melted into the nooks and crannies of my life, pouring edges to the mold of who I am, of who I want to be. It’s less of a hobby or a means of nourishment, but instead, a process that nourishes me in intangible ways and quenches my thirst to create and to share. Baking is the trade that allows me to love the people around me- a box of cookies for a friend, a birthday cake for my child, a spoon of chocolate for my husband. The time spent by the stove and around the table is an act of service, a show of affection, and anyone willing can choose to partake.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To be fair, baking may not be your thing. You may be a painter or a scientist. You may be the kind that builds kites or plants gardens or strums melodies on vintage guitars. Words or numbers or colors may mean more to you than flour and sugar, but whatever your gifting is, I really think you should use it. Let me be the one, maybe even the first, to encourage you to share freely and abundantly the things that give you joy. And if you haven’t found your “thing” yet, I can assure you that there is room in the kitchen. There is space to create, to fail, and to try again, to love others through the making and breaking of bread. If you’re willing to sift and stir and knead for the benefit of others, I can promise you that baking is an art you can do. Let this recipe for brown sugar pound cake be the one you tiptoe into the shallows with.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This brown sugar pound cake is dense and moist, filled with ribbons of cooked berries and sprinkled with a buttery crumb topping. The recipe yields two loaves of cake, perfect for sharing with a neighbor or teacher or friend. The process of preparing this brown sugar pound cake is straight forward but includes a few different steps, so let’s talk about the how.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To prepare the cake, we start by making a blueberry filling. We could just toss in a handful of berries and call it a day, but by pre-cooking the berries into a thick syrup, we are able to swirl the filling into the loaves for a sliver of tang in each slice. Simply toss mashed berries with some sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch, and cook on the stovetop until thick and bubbly.

While the filling cools in the fridge, we start on the topping. This is a brown butter crumb topping, similar to what we tossed on our raspberry rhubarb crumb cake. Brown butter, with the addition of sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon, makes for a flavorful topping, a warm and salty welcome to an otherwise sweet cake. Check out my tutorial on browning butter for some help on that topic.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The topping and filling for this brown sugar pound cake can be made a day or two in advance or just before whipping up the pound cake. On the day of baking, prepare your cake batter. We start by creaming butter and sugar, adding eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk with the usual suspect dry ingredients. The batter is divided between two loaf pans and is swirled with the cooled berry filling. Top each cake with a generous amount of crumble, and feel free to save a handful for nibbling while the cakes bake! You’ll know the cakes are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the center of the cake springs back slightly at the touch.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Allow the cakes to cool completely before packaging for sharing. I have a few ideas for packing loaves here that you can check out, if you please. I also love buying pretty disposable pans so that you can gift the loaves right in their baking container. Whatever you choose, just be sure to save a slice for gifting to someone else. Let others have a taste of the stuff that you’re made of. Happy Sunday and have a great week!

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this brown sugar pound cake with blueberries and brown butter crumble, be sure to check out:

Blueberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Blueberry Cornbread

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Apple Crumb Cake

Print

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumb Topping Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe makes two loaves of moist southern style pound cake swirled with blueberries and topped with a brown butter brown sugar crumble. This is a simple recipe with many of the elements being make ahead. This is also a great breakfast loaf/ dessert to share with friends because there are two cakes made! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe for brown sugar pound cake with blueberries and brown butter crumb topping makes two loaf cakes, dense, moist, and incredibly flavorful, the perfect treat for sharing.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
Scale

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 11/2 cups (220 gm) blueberries, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

For the crumble:

  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (130 gm) all-purpose flour

For the cake:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 11/2 cups (200 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) buttermilk, at room temperature

Instructions

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Stir, mashing more if desired, until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken. Once the mixture has thickened slightly, remove from heat to a separate container and place in the fridge to cool while you prepare the rest of the cake elements. This can be made ahead, covered, and stored in the fridge for up to one week.

To prepare the crumble:

  1. Add the diced butter to a small saucepan or skillet set over medium heat. Stir with a whisk or swirl the pan occasionally to ensure the butter is melting evenly. Once melted, the butter will sizzle, foam, and eventually start forming little golden bits on the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking and stirring regularly until the butter has taken on an amber color and nutty aroma. Take care not to burn the butter. Remove the pan from heat and pour the brown butter into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add the brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon to the butter. Fold in the flour until the mixture has crumbled. Set aside in the fridge while you prepare the cake. Alternatively, this can be made and stored in an air-tight container up to one week in advance.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare two (8-1/2” x 4-1/2” x 2-3/4”) loaf pans with cooking spray. You can also line the pan with two strips of parchment paper for easy removal, if desired.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the room temperature butter on medium speed with a paddle attachment until the butter is lightened in color and smooth, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sugars. Cream for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Add each egg, one at a time, stirring well on medium speed after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla, stirring to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter and egg mixture and stir on low just until combined. Add the buttermilk and stir on low to combine. Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir on low, folding with a spatula to finish combining.
  5. Scoop one cup of batter into the bottom of each prepared pan and spread it out. Drizzle two tablespoons of the blueberry filling evenly over top of each battered pan. Repeat this process with the layering of batter and filling once more and then divide the remaining cake batter among the two pans. You will not use all the blueberry filling. Drag a butter knife through the pans, back and forth several times, to swirl in the blueberry filling. Top each pan with 1/2 of the crumble.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for about 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool briefly before eating, or cool completely to remove the entire cake from the pan.

Notes

  • If your blueberries are not sweet and ripe, you can add an additional tablespoon of sugar to sweeten them lightly. You want the filling to be fresh and not overly sweet.
  • You will not use all the filling for these cakes. You can save the leftovers and freeze for future cakes, or you can use it as a topping for ice cream or pancakes!
  • If you don’t care about having a blueberry swirl, feel free to fold in 1-1/2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries to the batter before baking. Just forget the filling and fold in berries! Easy!
  • If you need help browning butter for your crumble, check out the link in my above post or search “brown butter” on my blog homepage. There is a tutorial!
  • If you add more than the specified amount of blueberry filling, your cake can become gummy and dense. It still tastes delicious, but it won’t look as advertised in the photos.