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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Very Happy Birthday Pound Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting

I call March the month of birthdays!  The birthdays truly just "March" in.  Including my children, there are many relatives on both sides of our family with birthdays in March, some with the same date.  I would have preferred to have the fun a little more spread out.

My daughter's birthday was last weekend.  I made her favorite cake:  pound cake with chocolate frosting.  I have several good pound cake recipes, but my all-time favorite has always been my evaporated milk pound's moist, light and delicious. You'll find the chocolate frosting I make extremely easy and fact, it's so candy-like, my daughter likes to eat it with a spoon!

Evaporated milk pound cake was my go-to for birthdays for years...then I lost my recipe when I moved.  The following recipe is adapted from a recipe I found online; and if it's not the same as the one I used for years, it's very close and excellent.  (I've edited the recipe since my original post to specify using all butter and provide a little more detail in the preparation.)

                               Happy, Happy Birthday March Babies!

Approximately 12 large servings

The Cake

  • Non-stick baking spray with flour
  • 3 c. plain, all-purpose, pre-sifted flour (I use White Lily)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground mace spice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. (3 sticks) room-temperature butter
  • 3 c. granulated sugar
  • 5 large room-temperature eggs
  • 1 c. evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


1.  Grease a 10" tube pan:  If you use a tube pan that has a removable tube insert:  Cut a circle of wax paper about one inch wider than the insert and cut out a hole for the tube.  Place the wax paper over the tube inside the pan and press the paper to the bottom and sides of the pan (the edges will be fluted).  Spray the non-stick baking spray over the wax paper and the entire inside surface of the pan, including the tube.  Press, again, the paper to the bottom and sides of the pan.  Lay a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack below the one you will bake the cake on, just in case the tube pan leaks a little grease.


Wax paper in pan before greased/floured.             



Wax paper in pan after greased/floured. 


2.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, mace and salt. Set aside.
3.  Cream the butter and sugar well, or until light and fluffy.  Scrape the bowl.
4.  Preheat the oven to 325º.
5.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Scrape the bowl again.
6.  Stir the vanilla into the evaporated milk and add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk & vanilla mixture.  Scrape the bowl and give the batter one last quick little mix.
7.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for l hr. and approx. 35 minutes (check after 1 hr. and 25 minutes), or until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake springs back when gently pressed with your finger.
8.  Cover the cake with a clean dish towel and cool on a rack away from drafts overnight.
9.  Invert the cake onto a serving platter, release from the pan and carefully remove the wax paper, if used.  Ice with the vanilla or chocolate butter cream frosting.                                                                                                                  
The Frosting


Vanilla Butter Cream
  • l lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) room-temperature butter 
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • approx. 1/4 c. plus 1 TB evaporated milk
Chocolate Butter Cream
  • add one c. cocoa
  • add another approx. 3 TB evaporated milk
  • Beat ingredients very well until glossy, adding the milk a little at a time as needed for spreading consistency.
For a thick frosting (as the one pictured on the cake above):   make one and one-half times the recipe. 

Tip:  I ice the cake upside down for a flat top.  To ice the entire top of the cake:  Cut a circle from a plastic container lid from a grocery item (such as a cream cheese container) that will fit snugly into the hole of the cake where the tube was.  Place the circle of plastic over the hole in the cake and ice over the entire cake.  When you cut the cake, everyone will fight over who gets the circle with all the icing (generally the birthday person wins!).  Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

What's That Got to do with This?

Recently, I had lunch at a bakery/cafe with my daughter and two-year old grandson.  He kept coming back to one item in the display case:  the carrot daughter says because he recognized the carrot piped on top.  Naturally Bon Bon had to buy it for him!
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  1. Your grandson is just precious. I'm sure he loves eating all of your treats! And this cake looks like it would be my favorite too. I have a can of evaporated milk that needs to get used! Thank you for sharing, my friend. I appreciate your posts...they bring a measure of brightness to my day. I hope you have a blessed week.

  2. @Monet - Thank you. Yes, we're very blessed to have such a wonderful grandson...I don't know if I mentioned that he's expecting a baby sister in August...we're thrilled!

    I prefer the cake plain; but of course, you have to ice a birthday cake! So I eat the cake part first and follow up with the icing...perfect!

    Thank for taking the time to read and comment on my post...I'm thinking of you and your family.

  3. Great recipe~thanks for sharing! And your grandson is such a cutie!

  4. @Dulce Dough - I appreciate your nice comments! Oh, I can't look at my precious grandson without my heart just feeling likes it's going to burst! Love him so much, and we're so excited anticipating his baby sister in August!

  5. What's the deal with evaporated milk?

    1. Evaporated milk is a very dense and creamy milk which, in this recipes, produces a rich and tender, melt-in-your-mouth cake. I use evaporated milk in a lot of my recipes. Enjoy!