For the July Daring Baker’s Challenge, Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to bake a cake. But not just any cake; she asked us to add in a special surprise for our eyes as well as our taste buds!
I always find zebra cakes very fascinating and although its on my to-bake list, I opted to do something simple this time around. I baked a pound cake with a “star” of a surprise inside.
- Ingredients for a loaf of chocolate/red velvet pound cake
- Ingredients for a loaf of vanilla pound cake
The world of internet is abound with pound cake recipes, so I am not going to delve into that. You can choose your own pound cake recipe for this. Also, I was deliberating about baking a red velvet pound cake or chocolate pound cake, so ended up with a mixture of both 😛 . Added red food coloring and a bit of chocolate to the batter for the main loaf 😀
I started off with baking the vanilla loaf first and baked it in a 9*5 pan at 350 degree Fahrenheit for about 50 minutes. Again, I would think that would vary on your recipe. After the cake had cooled a bit, I transfered it to wire rack and let it cool further. I find it easier to make clean cuts on a cool cake as opposed to one freshly out of oven. Cut it into 1 inch slices. Now, I used a star cookie cutter, but really you can use any cookies cutter, to carve out the surprise part of the cake.
Prepare the batter for the chocolate pound cake and pour it into the loaf pan barely enough to line an inch. Place the carved stars along the length of the pan, leaving no gaps in between. I did however leave a little less than half an inch between the pan wall and the stars on either side. Also, make sure that all the edges of the stars align. Now, pour the remaining batter over the assembly and place into oven for baking.
The cake looked like a regular pound cake and gave away no details of the surprise inside, until it was cut. Well, I and only I could see the little bumps made by the star tops 😉 . But, the cake looked and tasted amazing. I love how the stars are perfectly shaped and each loaf of cake has stars on both sides.
Amazing!, and a great variation from regular cakes! If its already not evident from my blog, I would like to end the post by saying that I absolutely loved this month’s challenge!