If you ever feel like a treat, pound cakes are the way to go! They’re very simple and quick to make. Also, they serve as a de-stressing therapy! I recently had to move, and I decided to commemorate my crappy ol’ oven by baking in it one last time. It was probably a really bad excuse for me to de-stress and procrastinate before accepting that I had to deal with my crazy move!
I first saw this cake in my book Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman and was drooling over it. Later, a fellow blogger, Lina of Crustabakes made the cake and testified that it was delicious! I was in love with her pretty pictures and knew that I had to some day make the cake!
The opportunity presented itself during my attempt to minimize the pantry for moving. There were 3 jars of nutella® and the quantity in each was close to empty! I suddenly thought of this cake, which called for a full jar of nutella®. I managed to also use the last of my salted butter, and added in some margarine. Instead of layering the nutella® between the batter like the recipe stated, I decided to incorporate it with half the batter and perform a marble effect, since Crustabakes had warned about the sinking nutella®. Thanks dear! (Note that she also used homemade nutella® which may have been denser)
Honestly, I wasn’t sure how successful the cake would turn out because I altered so much of it in order to use up some of my ingredients! As we all know, baking is a science, and one should not alter the recipe too much! (especially when one is trying the recipe for the first time) Unlike cooking, where you can taste as you go, baking relies on tested recipes. However, it seemed impossible for me to leave any recipe unmodified. Why oh why? I don’t know…
As soon as I stuck my pound cake in the oven, I distracted myself by cleaning out the house, and consciously prepared myself for the worst to come. Oh gosh! What have I done? I was laying a track for a disaster bound to happen! However, in the midst of my paranoia, the smell of baked nutella® started to fill my kitchen, and I knew then that the cake had to at least taste good! The top was however starting to brown after 50 minutes and so I hastily ripped off a piece of aluminium foil to cover over it.
After 75 patient minutes, I brought the cake out and overturned it. Voila! It was perfect! I was so glad that the cake worked out in the end. It was soft, buttery, delicious, crumbly and nutella®-y! (new word) My friends and I absolutely enjoyed it! For the 2 days that my 2 friends and I took to clean my house, this cake became our companion. We ate it during our breaks, we ate it as a snack and we ate it when we were stressed out. Yes, S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D is D-E-S-S-E-R-T-S spelled backwards after all!
Lemme tell ya, moving is no easy task, especially when you’ve been there for 5 years! It’s amazing how much junk we all collect 😦 In a sense, moving is good because it forces you to clear out garbage and sell things that you no longer need.
Without further ado, let me present to you my modification of this wonderful cake! It’s a much “skinnier” version of the original, without compromising the delicious flavour of a pound cake!
nutella® Marble Pound Cake
adapted from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup salted butter, softened (alternatively you can use 1 cup butter instead and omit the margarine)
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 1 cups sugar (I reduced the sugar from 1 1/4 cup. Trust me, you won’t be missing much. It’s already sweet enough!)
- 1/2 cup nutella® (I don’t know about you, but 1 full cup sounds delicious no doubt, but it’s just a little to crazy to me!)
- 1/3 cup whipping cream
- Preheat the oven to 325°. You may either use a 9×5 loaf pan an lightly grease it or a non-stick Angel Food Cake pan like mine! I didn’t grease mine but it came out very easily.
- Combine the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Beat the eggs until pale and fluffy, then combine with vanilla. Set aside.
- Cream the butter, margarine and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- With the mixer at medium-low speed, gradually pour the egg mixture in a slow stream.
- Turn the mixer to low speed and add the flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time. Mix for an additional 30 seconds.
- Pour the batter into a separate bowl. Mix the whipping cream and nutella® on high speed until blended together.
- Now combine half of the batter with the nutella® mixture and beat on medium-high speed, mixing well. Place the batter into the prepared pan by alternating spoons of “white batter” and “nutella® batter”. Then, with the end of a wooden spoon, gently draw swirls through the batter to marbleize it. Don’t over mix or you won’t get the marble affect. I think I actually overmixed mine a little, which is why you don’t see too much “white” in it.
- Bake the cake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Invert the cake onto a wire rack and let cool completely, about 2 hours. Serve!
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This cake is beautiful! I know what you mean about not being able to leave a recipe alone. I suffer from the same thing. Somtimes it turns out good, and other times… well, you know. This one looks fantastic though. Good luck with your move!
Thanks Sarah! I’m glad the move is all done! I’ve already unpacked my crazy number of pans, ingredients and my beloved Kitchen Aid. So soon enough I’ll be able to start baking again! 😀 Hopefully this oven works better than my last!
Yum, yum, Nutella, makes everything so good! This pound cake has all of the elements for enjoying and craving the nutella fix!
Nutella swirled pound cake? Mmm it looks dense but soft and crumby and I bet melted in the mouth – dont worry about excessive changing of recipes – I am always guilty as charged too 😛
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Mmm, I’m seeing some good nutella recipes today! Too bad my hubby has my car so I can’t go to the store right now!!
See there’s written proof that we should definitely eat desserts when we are stressed! I think you have smother winner there! Tea cakes are the best!!!
You convinced me. I’m never moving. But I am making Nutella pound cake!
This looks like my perfect dessert Sammie. I mean, Nutella alone is a perfect food on its own. But baked into a cake? Double perfection! 🙂 xo
Love poundcake! Yours looks delicious! Nutella and pound cake sounds so good. I’d love it toasted with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
You adjust recipes just the same way I would! Less sugar and you’ll never know the difference. Same with the Nuetella! I’m impressed that you are baking such a beauty in the mist of moving. Doesn’t it feel great to purge “stuff”?
Oh wow! I’ve not really try a nutella pound cake yet! I would love to try this though! Looks really yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
This cake looks moist and delicious and it’s got Nutella!!
What a wonderful idea to use up your Nutella! You’re much wiser than I, I would take to the jars with a spoon 😛
That really looks delicious. 🙂
woohoo…. nutella! who can say no?
and dont u love the book? may great bakes in it 🙂
Nutela is in a few blog posts today, and coincidentally, I’ll be picking up a jar myself to make my nephew a birthday treat! The cake looks amazing, so light and chocolatey. A very nice way to use up ingredients for your move. Good luck with the move.
Nutella always makes me happy, so I know I would just adore this! I love the marbling, too! Hope you survived your move and that your new stove is happier than your old.
Thanks! I’m already craving for more nutella goodies! lol
Oh my gosh – my husband absolutely loves nutella. I must make this for him as a surprise lol bet I could get him to do the laundry for it 😛
I’m in the midst of making this recipe and the amount of salt to use is not listed! Help!
This looks delicious and a pretty cake too!
Hi there Katterklan! Thank you for visiting my blog. You do not require any salt for my recipe. I’ve used salted butter and thus don’t need additional salt. If you are using unsalted, add 1/4 tsp salt. Hope that helps! 🙂 I see that I forgot to remove the “salt” from my instructions. Thanks for bringing this up!
this turned out gorgeous! i’ve made nutella poundcake before + it was a huge hit – glad to see that yours was, too! i need to try your healthified version next time!
Thanks CCU! haha.. yeah!! Somehow I can’t help it! lol. Super addicted to making pound cakes now! 😀
awww!! haha.. Thanks Justine! Hopefully you’ll get to make it some day! 🙂
exactly! It’s kinda a bad habit though! lol. I eat so much junk food whenever I’m stressed, so I try to make my desserts slightly healthier at times. haha..
This looks so tasty! A big slice of this with tea, how perfect!
Thanks! I use unsalted butter so I just added a pinch. I used an angel food pan. It turned out delicious!
Nutella is not only delicious, it’s versatile. This looks like the perfect cake to serve for afternoon tea xx
nutella®-y! coffe cake and cleaning sounds like an awesome pairing. Are you done with the move? Your cake looks so moist so sad to hear it is all gone.
I think I can handle that 1 cup of nutella, it looks delicious!
I just clipped two couples for $1 off Nutella. I’ll be making this recipe first!
I cannot wait to make this recipe, S! I absolutely LOVE Nutella (R) and I’ve sort of forgotten about pound cakes… it’s been way to long. SO thank you for the reminder… and the inspiration. And hope you’re surviving the move- not the most fun, but you seem to have such a positive attitude 🙂 Awesome!
Wow I never knew that stressed spelled backwads is dessert. Mmmm thats interesting. Anyways that cake did turned out great even with your adjustments, for me I am always skeptical when changing ingredients in something baked as I am not good at it, still learning my baking skills 🙂
I keep my butter foils for when I need to top something. Have a happy move 🙂
Experimenting in the kitchen is always fun, especially when it is a success! This looks delicious-we all love Nutella, so I am sure it would bring anyone running to the table. Also, I wanted to let you know I found a recent comment of yours in my spam box-sorry for not reciprocating sooner! Enjoy the day.
I just made a pound cake the other day (will be posting it soon). I love the look of yours, everything seems to be better with Nutella added to it. I will have to try this recipe next!
I would like to make myseld very tiny and live in a jar of Nutella. This pound cake rocks!
This pound cake is calling my name! Wow, this looks gorgeous and I’m addicted to nutella (eat every day on toast for snack). If I ever make this, I will be so greedy and end up eating the entire cake. No, I’m really serious!! Send me one piece please!!!! xD
Ohhh my, what a decadent and gorgeous cake!! My brother is obsessed with Nutella. I should be a nice sister and make this for him next time we see each other. 😉
You are always a genius Sammy. You’ve not only lightened it up but you Nutella’d it up as well. YAY! And I couldn’t agree more that stressed is actually dessert spelled backwards. Good luck with the putting things away after the move. Maybe you need more dessert?
Nutella? Yes, I have a couple of jars…and they are from Costco…they come in super size…this pound cake looks perfect indeed…
Good luck on your move Sammie 🙂
Soooomeday…now we’re trying to get things in our house packed up since we’re getting ready to move ourselves!
Good luck on your move!
Your cake looks amazing, you cant go wrong with this “thing” :))
Have a wonderful weekend!
I’ve made the version in the “Baked” cookbook that’s baked in a loaf pan. OMG. It’s awesome. Yours looks even better — especially because it’s bigger. LOL
I loveeeee pound cakes! I made a whipping cream one a few weeks ago and man it was delicious. Yours look and sound so scrumptious!
Just had to let you know that I did make your poundcake (also as a distraction/procrastination… from final exams) and loved it so much! I included it in a post and directed people to your site for the recipe. Thank you again. http://debbrunson.com/2012/05/16/finals-and-a-nutella-pound-cake/
haha.. Yeah! Moving is a pain!! In a sense I guess it’s also a good thing because it forces you to throw out lots and lots of junk! Perfect for a procrastinator like me. haha.. Now it’s so much easier to find stuff! And I also realized how I have all these miscellaneous items that I won’t have to purchase in the future! hehe.. 😀
Thanks Yudith! Totally agreed! 🙂
oooh! That sounds like a wonderful idea!! Thanks Carol!
It totally does!!! It also serves as a reminder to not buy junk! I’m being very careful with my shopping these days. lol..
Thank you!! They’re great!! Try them one day when you have half a jar of nutella about to expire. hehe..
hahaha! I’ve heard of people doing that people but have never dared to! It does sound quite tempting though!
Yeah!! I do! It’s great! The cakes are easy and quick to make! hehe.. Need to make more when I get back. 🙂
Thanks Eva! Looking forward to see your Nutella treat! Move went well but it seems like unpacking takes foreverrrrrr!! haha 🙂
Thanks Court! I hope so too! My old stove was horrrrrrible. Oven temperature was always off at least 200 degrees. I had to rely on my oven thermometer! Sometimes bottom element doesn’t work well either so I have to overturn it in the midst of baking. :S
hahaha… !! Yeah! This cake does serve as a great bribe. It was a nice encouragement for my friends who came to help me move too!
Thanks Amy!! Yeah!! I think I marbled mine a little too much though! lol!! But nonetheless, can’t really go wrong with nutella goodness! 😀
Thanks Asmita!!! Yeah! Great for mornings too! 🙂
Yummy! Definitely a must-try because I love Nutella. 😉
Definitely!! Let me know if you do!! So far those who has tried really love it! 😀
Hey all:) i just tried this recipe yesterday and it really taste sooooo damm good all in the house loves it!they said it is moist,soft and buttery:) will bake it again tonite and add in more nutella to get the nutella kick!;);)
Hi Natasha!! Very happy to hear that!! 🙂 I’m glad you and your household enjoyed it!! 😀 Thanks for trying my recipe!
Sam, I’m gonna bake this bread for my chocolate addict girl’s 7th bday on 1Nov
She’s one huge fan of Nutella (and anything with chocolate!)
Wish me luck! 🙂
omg Alice! Happy Birthday to your daughter! I hope she really likes it!! mmm!