10/28/10

white chocolate-pumpkin pound cake


The winner of the Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented is Liz of Little Bitty Bakes. Congrats Liz, this is a stellar cookbook!! I wish I had more to give away, I really do. I had so many comments, and I could tell you all wanted to win this. Let's do more giveaways....I will make this happen. Promise.
As for this pound cake, well it's interesting.

As I've stated before I am not a huge pumpkin fan. So if you like the taste of pumpkin this maybe be the loaf for you--it's very pumpkin-ey if that's a word. The white chocolate middle is very delicate, not overly sweet at all; overall loaf is very mild, hence the reason I put the nutella-cream cheese frosting on there. Lately I've been really drawn to nutella.....have you seen those super sized jars of it they sell in the grocery stores? I got one! Seriously. What have you baked with Nutella? Possibilities are endless aren't they? Sorry the photo isn't that bright...we've had nothing but rain and dark gloomy days here on cape cod.

white chocolate-pumpkin pound cake
by dawn finicane
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3 large eggs and 2 egg yolks, room temp
2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup high quality white chocolate (like Valrhona)
1 stick of salted butter, melted
¾ cup white sugar
1 huge pinch of sea salt
A couple dashes of cinnamon
½ can of pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin not flavored)
2 TB canola oil
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil or butter and dust with flour a rectangular pound cake pan.
Melt the butter, let it cool slightly.
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; then sift and set aside.
Mix the sugar, canola oil and eggs with stand mixer until well combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in batches (of three) until just combined. Don’t over mix.
Separate the batter in 2/3 and 1/3. We are going to add the pumpkin puree to the 2/3 batter by just folding it in; we don’t want to over mix at this point.

Place the white chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and let simmer until the chocolate is melted. Add this melted chocolate to the 1/3 batter. You have to work quickly as the white chocolate does not stay melted for long.
Pour half the pumpkin batter into the pan, then pour in the white chocolate batter making sure to keep this batter in the middle, not to let it go to the sides so the nice swirl stays even in the middle. Recipe by dawn Finicane of vanillakitchen.blogspot.com Pour the remaining pumpkin batter on the top. You may have to use your fingers to push the batter down, as the batter is quite thick.
Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. (mine was done at the 40 minute mark). Remove from the oven. Let cool before frosting.
If you wish to frost this (some say it was good without the frosting) all I did was add a block of 8 ounces of room temp cream cheese to about ½ (or more) of Nutella. Mix really well and frost.

38 comments:

  1. White chocolate isn't a favorite, but pairing it with pumpkin is a great idea. They probably complement each other very well. Plus, the pretty swirl in the middle looks nice anyways. As for Nutella, we stuffed sugar cookies with it a long time ago. Bomb!

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  2. I'm a big pumpkin fan, so I know I would love this pound cake! I also love the combination of white chocolate and pumpkin - so much so that I am devouring the pumpkin pie white chocolate candy cups that I just posted on my blog. I may need to make this cake when they're all gone!

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  3. I love the range of colors in this loaf- from white to orange to brown. Very fall-ish ;) Josh is a HUGE nutella fan. He won't let me keep it in the house because he knows he'll eat it all in a couple sittings :)

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  4. Madre mía que cake más increible, me encanta. Esto me lo anoto.

    Saludos

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  5. Oh my gosh it's like heaven in a loaf. You come up with the most creative treats.

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  6. what a great idea for a pound cake! yummyyyy

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  7. The cake looks amazing! I love pumpkin and anything with Nutella, so this is right up my alley. I have a lot of Nutella recipes on my blog if you are looking for something to bake with Nutella. :)

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  8. Pumpkin and white chocolate is great!

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  9. I seriously considered buying one of those huge jars of nutella but ultimately my thighs told me it was a bad idea. They're also kind of shirking at this pound cake but I'm telling them to shut up. I have veto power.

    This looks delicious! Totally bookmarked!

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  10. I love pound cake. I love nutella, I love chocolate. You sure do know how to put a smile on my face when I need it. I'm saving this one for sure!!

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  11. The cake looks glorious Dawn. How about this - you can take the slice in the photo and I'll take the rest.

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  12. Pumpkin and white chocolate???!!! YUM!

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  13. Pumpkin, nutella, and cream cheese sounds like they would go great together. I'm going to try this cake for Thanksgiving!

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  14. i saw a nutella jar bigger than my head in italy this summer. they eat it for breakfast, like peanut butter... i wasn't complaining ;) this looks pretty darn amazing!

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  15. Congratulations to the winner!

    This cake looks and sounds heavenly. I think I would totally be into the white chocolate paired with the pumpkin. Did you save me a slice?

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  16. That looks delicious! I've never thought of a pumpkin pound cake, but it sounds like a perfect combo...it must so moist.

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  17. This pound cake looks decadent! So moist! Best looking pumpkin dessert I've seen so far this season!

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  18. I'm so excited for the cookbook!

    I may have to give this pound cake a try :) Seems like a great ingredient line-up.

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  19. Pumpkin, I love you! Yum! Yum! Yum! Enjoy!

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  20. Oh, you know how I feel about my Nutella. This looks amazing!!!

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  21. This is to die for!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Oh, can you ship me some of the monster jar of Nutella? You know I love that stuff!

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  23. why haven't I thought of a cream cheese+nutella frosting? that is so genius! I love this!

    -Amalia

    http://buttersweetmelody.wordpress.com

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  24. I am a pumpkin fan, so this is for me!! I actually saw some pumpkin pound cake at the grocery store and have been wanting to try making my own. This recipe looks perfect!

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  25. nom nom. I am a pumpkin lover!

    I had a $1 off coupon for Nutella and every time I went to the grocery store all the had was that giant jar. ha! I finally got a smaller one last night.

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  26. love the way that looks when you slice it! great idea mixing nutella and cream cheese, yum!

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  27. I would most likely love this bread being that I loooove pumpkin flavor. And the white chocolate filling? Yes please!

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  28. What a grand, big & special looking appetizing cake, dear Dawn!!

    So festive too! Great as a splendid food gift!

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  29. Oh my heart. That looks delicious! I am totally digging nutella lately. Can't get enough!

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  30. two things i've never seen--white chocolate and pumpkin together, and a pound cake with a tunnel built inside. very awesome, dawn.

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  31. you know my birthday is tomorrow and i will gladly share my address with you. just sayin'....

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  32. Those Nutella jars are dangerous!! Sit down with one and a spoon and next thing you know you're in a sugar coma and declaring you will never eat anything ever again (to be hastily reconsidered half an hour later).

    Really like the idea of this cake and it looks lovely too.

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  33. Nutella is crack to me. I stick my spoon in until it is overflowing. I allow myself one of those a night for the past week and oops- five pounds. No lie. So no more of that. Man!

    Meanwhile this cake looks amazing and I am totally a pumpkin fan so it is my kind of loaf.

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  34. there are too many yummy things going on here to count

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  35. This is something different. I seldom use white chocolate in some of my dishes.

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  36. This pound cake is literally making my mouth water. If I had a cookie or cake right now I would house it!

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  37. Pumpkin and white chocolate has to be awesome. Thanks!

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