Sunday, May 15, 2011

Nutella Swirl Pound Cake

This cake is really moist, soft and really good, but I find it a little bit oily. Other than this, it is a really good cake. When the cake was done and I turned it out to a wire rack to cool, there's an oily layer on the parchment paper. What I did was, as soon as the cake is cool, I cut off the bottom layer, (about 3/4cm) where I find it to be really oily. The cake is really good, actually, with a cup of black coffee. After all, it has Nutella in it!



This recipe is from one of my latest addition of baking books. It was on sale and was selling really cheap, could not help buying it. Besides, I love simple cakes like this, and this book is all about simple cakes. "Cake Keeper Cakes" by Lauren Chattman has received some good reviews over at Amazon. There are lots of wonderful cakes and are divided into a few chapters, like Snacking Cakes, Round Cakes, Loaf Cakes, Bundt Cakes, Crumb Cakes '&' Other Cakes Baked in a Springform Pan and Angel Food '&' Chiffon Cakes. 



There are a few reviews over at Amazon, that love this cake, while there are others that complained the Nutella sank to the bottom. From the picture in the book, the first layer of Nutella is really at the bottom of the cake, with the second layer is the swirl  in the middle. The only complain from me is it is a little too oily. Other that this, it tastes really good.  


It has a soft texture and goes well with a cup of hot black coffee.


Will I be making this again, probably, with a little less butter! But I'm really looking forward to try other cakes from this book.


Nutella Swirl Pound Cake
(adapted from "Cake Keeper Cakes" by Lauren Chattman)
4 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar (I use only 170gm)
1 jar (13 ounces, about 1 cup) Nutella

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan and dust with flour.
  2. Combine the eggs and vanilla in a glass measuring cup and lightly beat. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice as necessary.
  4. With the mixer on medium-low speed, pour the egg mixture into the bowl in a slow stream, stopping the mixer once or twice to scrape down the sides.
  5. Turn the mixer to low speed and add the flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. After the last addition, mix for 30 seconds on medium speed.
  6. Scrape 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. Spread 1/2 of the Nutella over the batter and smooth with a cleaned spatula. Scrape another 1/3 of the batter over the Nutella and smooth. Scrape the remaining Nutella over the batter and smooth. Spread the remaining batter over the Nutella and smooth. Run a butter knife blade through the batter to create marbling. Do not overmix.
  7. Bake the cake until it is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, invert it onto a wire rack, and then turn it right side up on a rack to cool completely. Slice and serve. (Watch out for the baking time, mine was done at  1 hour and 5 minutes)
  8. Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

37 comments:

  1. Anything with nutella tastes great! This is a seriously rich, moist and tasty afternoon tea treat!

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  2. hmm wud love to have a taste of this yummy cake!

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  3. I am almost addicted to nutella so this bread would be perfect for me! Delicious!

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  4. This one is a winner. It is an attractive cake on top of being what has to be a delicious one.

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  5. I wouldn't mind having this everyday for breakfast! I love nutella! The pound cake looks very rich and yummy!

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  6. Bit weird that it was oily, i love the nutella swirl, looks yum!

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  7. Lovely little swirl! Sorry it was a bit on the oily side but I think you adapted nicely :) Thanks for sharing!

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  8. you have great recipes, swirls always make the cake look so much more delicious and sophisticated!

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  9. OMG...really sounds delicious, thanks for sharing , love it!
    Kisses:)

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  10. Oh, I bet this is amazing!! It would taste good with a cup of coffee. Love that Nutella swirl!

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  11. Wow! This one is bookmarked, thanks Joy. I love Nutella as much as anyone, maybe more I take Nutella and Peanut Butter sandwiches for my lunch, sshhhh! I like the texture of a pound cake, thanks for the butter alert, I will only use 1 1/2 sticks. Have a great day.

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  12. my kids (and I) love nutella and this look amazing! gloria

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  13. i forgot to tell you that i was also eyeing this book for a while..maybe i shld get this too!do all the recipes comes with pictures?

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  14. Cutting the sugar is a good idea..There is already sweetness in the nutella.. :) Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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  16. Omg, feel like having few slices from that gorgeous swirl cake,yumm!

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  17. This looks delicious! I'll have to make this recipe in my new mini loaf pans!

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  18. That looks so good! Nutella is the best :)

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  19. That cake is just to die for! I am a sucker for Nutella.
    US Masala

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  20. Un cake exquisito me encanta la nutela,le agrego poco a los cake me la como a cucharadas,se ve lindo y húmedo,cariños y abrazos.

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  21. Hi
    This is the kind of butter cake my husband will like. The children will like the nutella too. Will try to make one in the weekend. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks for stopping by my new blog too. (Foodmaestro)

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  22. Ok, you had me at nutella - I know that I would absolutely love this cake, so it is definitely on my "must-try" list. Thanks for sharing it :-)

    Sue

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  23. Oh my, that swirl of Nutella looks delicious in your cake! Other than the part about being oily on the bottom, it sounds delicious.

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  24. I'm not much of a baker but this looks so sinfully delicious that I don't think I can resist trying it!

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  25. Your cake looks and sounds delicious. I'd love to join you for a slice. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  26. I just adore Nutella and so have been revealing from buying it n an effort to loose some chubs. This cake paired w a cup of coffee would be worth the splurge! I'm thinking that if you subbed unsweetened apple sauce for the butter it would solve your 'greasiness' problem.

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  27. I hate spell check! I said refraining, not revealing. ;)

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  28. Well it certainly looks good, Nutella tends to make things just a bit more delightful :)

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  29. i need that for breakfast tomorrow!

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  30. wow!!this is absolutely luscious !!

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  31. Mmmm, wonterful !!!!!!
    Many kisses

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  32. A slice with my tea would make my day! It looks delicious. :)

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  33. Sharing this on my Wednesday post, thanks so much!

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  34. Oh my goodness, this sounds heavenly.

    Thank you for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you again this week.

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  35. I baked this cake before but I didnt have so nice swirls like yours.

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  36. Love tis! And, I agree it's a bit on the oily side too :-)
    Happy New Year, Joyce!

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