Baking Classics: Bourbon-Pecan Chocolate Pound Cake

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Bourbon-Pecan Chocolate Pound Cake

Stunning holiday desserts need not be complicated & cakes prepared in tube pans offer a simplicity in preparation as well as a vast number of ways in which they can be garnished for special celebrations. With a little creativity, lovely serving options are endless. Bourbon-Pecan Chocolate Pound Cake offers indulgent chocolate flavor from the inside out & a finish of toasty pecans that double as an instant garnish. A little bourbon makes the cake a bit more festive. Follow my detailed instructions & learn how to make your best tube pan cake to date perfect for a variety of company worthy gatherings.

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makes 16 servings

Tube & bundt pan sizes vary & not all recipes are interchangeable due to the quantity of batter produced from recipe to recipe. Check pan sizes before making a pan substitution.

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups dark brown sugar, packed
5 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 3 times
3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted 3 times
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup whole buttermilk
1/3 cup bourbon
3/4 cup chocolate syrup
Bourbon-Chocolate Ganache
3/4 cup toasted pecan halves, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease & flour a 10-inch tube pan. Beat the butter & the brown sugar with an electric stand mixer on Medium speed until light & airy, about 5 minutes. Stop the mixer occasionally & scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the vanilla & the eggs, one at a time, blending on Low speed just until the yellow disappears.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder & baking soda in a medium bowl. Add to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk & the bourbon. Blend in the chocolate syrup. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Drop the pan a few inches from the counter top surface to settle the leavening.

Bake 1 hour & 15 minutes to 1 hour & 20 minutes or until a wooden pick tests clean. Do not over bake the cake. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Prepare the Bourbon-Chocolate Ganache as directed. Quickly drizzle the ganache over the top of the cake & allow some to spill down the sides. Sprinkle the pecans over the warm ganache.

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rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickBourbon-Chocolate Ganache
makes enough to cover 1 {10-inch} pound cake

Be careful not to over blend the mixture as it will become a whipped ganache instead.

1 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels
3 Tbsp heavy cream
2 Tbsp bourbon

Microwave the chocolate & the cream in a small bowl on High 30 seconds. Gently swirl the ingredients in the bowl. Cook an additional 15 seconds & whisk until glossy & almost smooth. Whisk in the bourbon. Use immediately as directed.

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 A pound of butter, sugar & flour. Pound cakes began with simple ingredient ratios easy enough for any home cook to follow. The most traditional pound cake recipes did not have leavening in them & many were prepared without the addition of salt. This one pan baked good utilizes a tube pan for baking which makes the preparation that much easier. Over the years, bakers who love a quality piece of homemade cake have experimented with the formula to create beautiful slices in a variety of flavors. Some are even baked in bundt pans which offer additional presentation options. Bourbon-Pecan Chocolate Pound Cake strays from the traditional preparation method for a slice well worth your attention. The addition of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup & a rich chocolate ganache glaze elevates the classic cake flawlessly. A smidgen of bourbon further enhances the flavor & sophistication on the plate. 

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Chocolate pound cake is an easy to prepare one pan baked good & with a few extra garnishes, the cake becomes a handsome centerpiece to a lovely holiday menu. A stand mixer is the ideal piece of baking equipment to use when preparing one as many utilize the creaming process in order to blend the ingredients. A tube pan & additional tools will be necessary in order to complete the task. Assess the items ahead of time. Here’s what you should know.

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The Tube Pan Preparation 

Tube pan cakes are some of the most simple desserts to prepare & do not need much in order have them cake batter & oven ready. The key factor is being certain the pan is generously greased & dusted with flour so that the cake releases without flaw, enough where you can see the shortening streaks around the inside of the pans. Pay particular attention when applying shortening to the center tube portion as this seems to be a trouble spot when removing the cake from the pan. As long as the it is well coated with both shortening & flour plus it is removed in a timely manner as specified in the recipe instructions, there should not be any issues. 

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The Cake Batter Procedure

The Butter

Softened butter is called for often in recipe applications. The key is to begin the mixing process whether for cakes or other baked items with butter that is the proper consistency. It shouldn’t be too firm nor too soft. You should be able to create a rudimentary butter curl with a spoon indicating that it is indeed ready to use.

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It is important that brown sugar is measured properly for use in recipe applications. Pack brown sugar in measuring cups. The back of a smaller cup pressed tightly over the surface will help get the job done quickly. Use a butter knife to swipe over the surface for a level, even measurement.

Begin the mixing procedure by creaming the butter & the brown sugar together in the work bowl of an electric stand mixer. The creaming process is a standard cake blending procedure in which the butter & the sugar are beaten using a paddle attachment thus aerating the mixture so that the additional ingredients will blend in well. It will take anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes.

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Ring the work bowl using a rubber spatula to ensure all of the ingredients have been well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time along with the vanilla & blend the mixture on Low speed just until the yellow of the eggs disappear. Be certain to stop the mixer occasionally during the blending process & scrape down the bowl sides for the best results.

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Although the sifting process is not used in all cake blending applications, it does work particularly well in dense cake recipes of this nature & helps to provide a velvety texture. Sifting the flour & the cocoa powder aides in lightening the ingredients so that they blend better. This will ensure a smooth batter once the process is complete as the cocoa powder in particular has a tendency to cake & disperse tiny bits throughout. Baking sifters work either with a hand crank or spring mechanisim to push the dry ingredients through the small sieve. Be certain to have this valuable piece of baking equipment available when needed for recipe applications.

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Portion the the buttermilk & the bourbon. The buttermilk provides moist cake texture while the bourbon works gently to enhance the cake flavor. Measure the flour, the cocoa powder & sift them together as directed in the recipe instructions. Place them in a small bowl & add the baking powder & the baking soda. Whisk the ingredients together in order to disperse the leavening to ensure a level rise when the batter bakes. 

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The dry ingredients & the liquids will need to be added to the butter mixture in stages. Always begin & end the process with the dry ingredients. Blend them in on Low speed just until incorporated. Over mixing the flour activates the gluten too much which will result in a tough cake crumb.

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After some of the dry ingredients have been added, pour a little buttermilk into the mixture & blend until the mixture is smooth. This will aide in loosening the mixture so the process can be repeated. 

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Once the bourbon has been added & the last little bit of the flour mixture, stop the mixer. Use a rubber spatula to get down onto the bottom of the bowl to fold everything together well & blend the batter well so that it is smooth. The work bowl will be about 3/4 full. 

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The Addition Of Chocolate Syrup

Add the chocolate syrup to the batter & blend just until incorporated. The addition offers extra chocolate flavor to the cake. Stop the mixer one last time & use a rubber spatula to ring the bowl, smoothing out any unincorporated ingredients. 

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The Baking 

Spoon dollops of the cake batter evenly around the tube portion of the pan. Lift the filled pan about an inch from the countertop & drop it onto the surface a few times. This will settle the batter into the pan to ensure the cake rises & bakes evenly in the oven. Bubbles from the leavening will pop over the surface of the batter. 

Position the oven racks in the center of the oven & always preheat it while preparing cake batter so that it is the proper temperature when the filled pan is added. When it is ready to be removed from the oven, the cake will pull away from the pan edges & a toothpick inserted into the center will test clean. Do not over bake.

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The Tube Pan Removal

Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack 15 minutes then invert it to remove from the pan. Removing the cake from the pan can be a little intimidating but with the proper procedure, it’s easy. Place a flat dinner plate over the pan & flip the cake upside down. Place the cooling rack on the bottom of the cake & flip it back over. The critical point when removing any hot & tender cake from a pan is that you must support with equal force during the entire process. Control is key & remember, you are the one in control. Allow the cake to cool completely on the wire rack, about 1 hour. 

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The Ganache  

Ganache is traditionally prepared on the stovetop but when a small amount of cream is needed, the microwave makes the task effortless. Cook the chocolate & the cream in a small bowl 30 seconds on High. Jostle the mixture around the bowl a bit & cook an additional 15 seconds or until melted. Whisk the mixture with the bourbon until smooth.

Use the ganache immediately as it sets quickly. Drizzle it over the top of the cake & allow a little to roll down the cake sides. For additional pointers, look to The Basics: Chocolate Ganache.

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The Pecans

Toasting pecans adds an extra layer of depth to recipes. Any time it’s included in the process, do not over look this key step. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes or until fragrant. Cool completely. Coarsely chop them using a chef knife & sprinkle over the warm ganache before it sets.  

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The Bourbon-Pecan Chocolate Pound Cake

Allow the ganache to set before cutting the cake for the prettiest slices. It can be prepared up to a day ahead of time. The pound cake can be stored at room temperature. Expect a dense, moist cake with rich chocolate flavor & a velvety texture.

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