Brown Sugar Walnut Pound Cake
I have a confession to make. Don’t panic, but… I don’t really like cake. It’s not that I find cake horrible or disgusting, but when faced with the choice between cake and another dessert, I’ll always choose the other dessert. Something about the spongy texture of cake just doesn’t do it for me. This is related to the cakey brownie vs. fudgy brownie debate, but I think I’ll leave that for another day.
All that being said, I got a bee in my bonnet this summer about pound cake. I’d had a Martha Stewart recipe earmarked for about two years, but I’d never gotten around to making it. The best part about this recipe is that I originally found it as a full-length spread in Martha Stewart’s magazine, where it appeared as a pound cake recipe plus 10 whole variations with nice instructions and pictures.
First I tried the cherry preserves pound cake, tweaking it just a bit by adding some almond extract. We all agreed it was so-so, and I ended up drizzling the leftovers with melted bittersweet chocolate when we had company over. If nothing else, I was pretty proud of the presentation.
Now, I have to say that probably the silliest thing I did was give this recipe two chances, despite the fact that it requires a whole pound of butter and 9 eggs each time you make it. I’ve linked the original recipe above just in case someone would like to try it, but in the end, I was pretty disappointed with it.
Nevertheless, baking psychology is a funny thing. Feeling that I must have done something wrong the first time, I decided to try it again. Naturally, the second variation that caught my eye was the brown sugar walnut pound cake with peach maple glaze.
The brown sugar? The walnuts? And that glaze? They were calling my name. So I toasted up some walnuts and gave it another shot.
Despite its potential, this version was also sadly lacking. The glaze was just a little too sweet and didn’t have enough peaches for my liking.
The cake was pretty moist but just didn’t have the texture I was hoping for.
I have to admit that the presentation was almost better than my first attempt.
But what can I say? Sometimes you like recipes, and sometimes you don’t. If you’re looking for a good pound cake recipe, I recently made my favorite peach pound cake again, and I can re-vouch for its awesomeness. I’ll keep my eyes open for another good variation, and till then I’ll just have to be content with the one I’ve got. I think I’m okay with that.