I don’t remember the exact events that led to this fun Let’s Blog Together project, but I do know that it started, as these things are often Wont to Do, with a picture. And a name: Moscato Pound Cake.
Right?! How can you say no? The lovely Terra from Cafe Terra said, “Hey, we should make that thing.” So I went to look. And was a little sad, because the recipe started with Yellow Cake Mix. Ack. Blech. No thanks. But still. Moscato Pound Cake. And I make pound cakes. A lot of them. What’s to stop me from putting some wine in my pound cake? Nothing. I tweeted back to Terra–I don’t wanna make a box cake. And she was all, “Ew–no! I never bake from boxes.” So we both did our Own Thing.
She made hers with grapes. Makes sense, right? Grapes. Wine. Wine. Grapes. And Greek Yogurt. The Greeks drank wine, so there you go. Her cake is lovely. See! Click either picture to go straight to her blog post and recipe for Grape Moscato Pound Cake.
I wasn’t really sure what kind of moscato pound cake I was going to make until…Kismet! The Beloved and I won an extra Gallon of strawberries from our produce box delivery service. Yay. But a gallon on top of the quart we had equaled a Very Lot. And there are only so many sour cream and brown sugar-coated strawberries you can shove into your face before things turn ugly.
I thought, hey strawberries are Quite Nice with champagne. And champagne is a white wine. And so is Moscato. (I really have to plot these things out with a compass). So, I whipped up (or cooked down, which is really more correct) some strawberry-Moscato puree. This I didn’t measure. I threw a about a quart and a half of the strawberries in a big pot, glugged in some Yellowtail Moscato (I like it–it’s fizzy), some lemon zest, a bit of lemon juice and a handful or two of raw sugar. I let all of that bubble away on low-ish for about 45 minutes until the juices were a bit syrupy. Then, I tossed everyone into the Blendtec and pureed them. I strained the puree through a fine mesh strainer to catch the zest and seeds.
I, of course used the standard Van Halen Pound Cake recipe with just a few tweaks. I used the puree plus some extra Moscato for the liquid and reduced the sugar by a couple of ounces to keep it from a)being overly sweet and b)browning too much. I probably could have dialed it back even a bit more, but it was still lovely as it was. I was going to fold in some whipped cream at the end of mixing since berries and cream are always a good idea, but I loved the flavor of the puree and wine and didn’t want to mute it, so I ended up stirring in an extra ounce each of puree and wine. Next time, I’ll just add it all in 2 additions instead of waiting until the end.
After baking, I wrapped that guy up tight and threw him in the fridge. The resulting cake was extremely moist and cut cleanly, both with a fork and a knife. Next time, I’ll probably let it cool uncovered since the wine and the additional cut up berries I put in the batter will keep things plenty moist enough.
I used 2 glazes on the cake. One was just 10x powdered sugar, the strawberry-Moscato puree and a pinch of salt.
Okay, I know this looks like Murder in the Snow, but I think the puree is a lovely color.
The bright red shades more toward orange when mixed with the sugar.
To balance out some of the sweetness, the other glaze was just straight lemon juice and 10x along with a pinch of salt. The consensus so far from everyone who has tried it, including me whose Slice Count currently stands at 3 1/2, is that this is definitely a keeper. But the cake won’t keep beautifully for too long because of the fresh fruit in it. Make it one day and serve it the next. It’ll last for maybe one extra day, but I wouldn’t push it past then just because it won’t be as Aesthetically Pleasing, although it will still taste good. If you’d like it to keep longer, leave out the diced berries entirely and just serve with a Swoosh of puree.
Yes, I know my strawberry cake is not pink. But I am not a fan of food coloring, and Starbucks used up all the beetles. Therefore, my cake is au naturale.
- 12 oz unsalted butter at cool room temperature (I used organic, and I can definitely taste the difference)
- 18 oz granulated sugar (I used an organic sugar, so it wasn’t Dead White)
- 1 very gently rounded teaspoon fine sea salt
- 5 eggs at room temperature, beaten with a fork
- 13 oz cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- heavy pinch of baking soda
- 7 oz strawberry-moscato puree
- 3 oz moscato
- 4 oz strawberries, diced (optional)
- 1½ cups 10x powdered sugar
- enough strawberry moscato puree to make a thick glaze
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup 10x powdered sugar
- enough lemon juice to make a thickish-but-thinner-than-the-strawberry-one glaze
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F and set your oven rack in the bottom third of your oven. For me, that’s one slot below the middle.
- Liberally spray a 12-cup Bundt-type pan with pan spray then knock some flour around in the pan to evenly coat. Knock out the excess flour. Set aside.
- Whisk the flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Set aside.
- Stir together the puree and wine. Set aside.
- Use the creaming method to make this cake.
- Cream the butter and salt together until smooth. Add the sugar and cream until very light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed. This will take 5-7 minutes. Don’t rush it.
- With the mixer on low-ish speed, drizzle in the eggs a bit at a time, scraping the bowl as necessary. It will take about 5 minutes to get the eggs incorporated.
- Turn the mixer back up to medium and mix for another few seconds.
- Alternately add the flour mixture and the puree mixture beginning and ending with dry and mixing on low speed for just a few seconds between each addition (3 additions for the flour, 2 for the puree). Scrape bowl as necessary.
- Finish folding the batter together by hand. If using the diced strawberries, fold them in now.
- Evenly scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until done. In my oven, this takes 1 hour and 5 minutes. Start checking yours at 50 minutes. A tester inserted into the cake should come out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes then turn out to cool completely on a rack. (Wrap it hot and put it in the fridge to cool for an extremely moist cake).
- Whisk together all the glaze ingredients, adding a bit of liquid at a time until you like the texture.
- Apply the glazes however you would like. Pour it over, drizzle it on with a fork or a spoon, or go all Jackson Pollack on it and sling it on.
I hope you try it and that you enjoy it, and I’m also hoping that, if you don’t know Terra or haven’t visited with her in awhile, that you’ll go say howdy. You can get to her pound cake post by clicking on her beautiful pictures up there, or you can just go straight to her site here, find her on twitter or on her facebook page. She’s a great recipe developer, she loves animals and–get this–she walks her dog past my old elementary school almost every day. Small world, huh?
Thanks for checking out our keen pound cakes. You should probably make both.
Have a lovely day.