Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy Birthday SP! Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake

Today is SP's birthday! Happy birthday! Usually, I bake him a cake for his birthday. Since it's on a Wednesday this year, I wasn't sure I wanted to bake a cake in the middle of the week. It usually takes us an entire week to eat a cake and with a weekend just days after his birthday, I wasn't sure we would eat enough of the cake before it dried out. So I asked him if he wanted a surprise on Wednesday or to have a cake on Sunday, a few days early. He picked Sunday.
I told him that since he would be home to assist me, he could pick whatever cake he wanted, but that I had been leaning towards a bundt cake. It seems a more manageable size for two people than a 2 layer cake plus there is not usually an icing to make. He agreed. I gave him all my bundt cake ideas and research and he picked Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake.
It is very easy to make. I measured everything out and instead of me using the hand mixer at the table, he mixed up the batter in the stand mixer on the counter. I felt bad, him helping make his birthday cake, but then I figured if it came out awful, I could blame him for messing up his own cake!
Of course we had to try a small slice that afternoon after it cooled for a bit. It's very moist with a nice exterior 'crust.' There is a strong Irish cream taste, which surprised me because usually when I have an Irish cream ice cream, cake, cookie, cheesecake, I am disappointed in the Irish cream flavor. Not so this time!
We would make this cake again. SP is quite happy with his birthday cake. I am, too. Easy, moist, delicious. Yum!

Our changes to the recipe:
  • a generous 1/2 cup regular sized semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • regular full fat cream cheese
  • no powdered sugar on top
  • it took over an hour for our cake to bake
Original recipe can be found here.

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