A lazy Sunday afternoon. Rain drumming on the tin roof, dogs laid out asleep like they’ve been busy all day…just the right thing for a summer day.
Calls for something light and fruity, right? How about this Cherry Pineapple Topped Buttermilk Pound Cake with Brown Sugar Whipped Frosting? The base of this light, airy dessert is a moist, soft crumb buttermilk poundcake. This batter comes together nicely. The recipe calls for a bundt pan, but I used a 9×13, baked it at 325 and started checking it at 45 minutes. Don’t overbake it – test with a wooden pick and pull it out when just a tad still sticks. The recipe for this versatile, soon to be a favorite is at http://chocolatechocolateandmore.com/buttermilk-pound-cake/
Now, originally I intended for this to be a poke cake. And it can easily be made so, by omitting the corn starch. But for the topping result above, simmer a 20oz can of crushed pineapple (including the juice), 1/2 a stick of butter, 3/4 cup of brown sugar, and a dash of either vanilla or almond flavoring. Once it comes together well, stir in about 3 Tbsp of cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup of so of maraschino cherry juice (because I just happed to have it on hand). Continue stirring and adding more cherry juice to get the consistency you want. If you are poking, poke and spoon over. If you aren’t poking, spread the pineapple mixture, now a pretty pink, all over the top. You can do this while it’s still hot – no problem.
Let the cake and topping cool, then make your frosting. This is the same, wonderful, fantastic, addicting frosting that we used on the Black Forest Cake, with a little twist. Refer back for the link, but the gist of it is whip an 8oz block of cream cheese with 3/4 cup of brown sugar. When that comes together, scrape down the sides, add in a tsp of vanilla, then drizzle in 1-1/2 cups of super cold cream on low speed. Once it’s incorporated enough not to paint your ceiling, go ahead and whip it until firm peaks form. Starting with a bowl and whip that had been in the freezer for about 15 minutes will help the process along.
Dollop, drop, or pipe on the frosting any way you choose, or just serve it alongside for folks to add at will.
I hope you enjoy this one, and I hope your Sunday afternoon is peaceful.