My turn to bring dessert to our neighborhood potluck. What to make? I decided to make Boston cream cake, a recipe I found in this little booklet I picked up years ago.
However the recipe called for store-bought pound cake. I decided to make my own from scratch.
I've never made pound cake before, so this was new territory. I went back to my trusty Better Homes & Garden cookbook for a recipe. I doubled it since we have so many people at the potluck.
Flour and baking powder, set aside.
My butter was frozen solid (I store it in the freezer), so I softened it in the microwave before beating it.
Adding the sugar, a bit at a time.
A splash of vanilla.
Doubling the recipe required eight eggs, added one at a time. Yikes, can you say rich?
Adding the flour mixture.
Pound cake is baked in bread pans, so I greased and floured them.
Poured in the batter...
...and baked for an hour. Actually I baked them for about 70 minutes.
Turned out beautiful! Rich and golden.
The next day I made the filling. Half-and-half added to instant vanilla pudding mix. Very simple.
After mixing, I let it stand for about ten minutes, to harden up.
Meanwhile I made the chocolate glaze -- just confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, and some hot water.
I didn't apply the glaze, but kept it separate until just before serving.
Meanwhile I sliced the pound cakes lengthwise...
...and layered them with the pudding mix.
They looked so pretty!
That evening at the potluck (held at our neighbor's house), I poured the glaze over the cakes.
They were a huge hit...
...and many people had seconds.
This will become a permanent addition to my dessert repertoire!