29 July 2011

Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake

Here is the surprise cake I baked on my birthday..The Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake. Absolutely moist and delicious cake. This was the first time I was using buttermilk in a cake. The almonds I used made it crunchy too. 

There is one thing that I thought I should have done but just skipped my mind. I was in a hurry to finish off, so I could spend time with my family. I forgot to use cocoa powder for dusting instead of all purpose flour. And that's one thing I repented but then it hardly mattered to anyone because everyone enjoyed the cakes and it was over in minutes. 

I tried to get dark chocolate but it was out of stock at all the supermarkets here. So I thought why not try a white ganache instead for a twist :) And I loved it. 

So hope you all enjoy this recipe..

Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake


1 Cup All purpose flour
¼ cup Wheat flour
¼ cup Cocoa Powder + a little more for dusting the cake pan
½ tsp Baking powder
¼ tsp Baking soda
¼ tsp Salt*
½ cup Unsalted butter
1 cup Sugar
2 eggs
100 ml Buttermilk ** see tips
1 tsp Vanilla Essence


100gms White/Dark chocolate
3 tbsp cream + more if ganache is too thick
Chocolate shavings


Prepare an 8’’ round pan by greasing it and placing a butter paper on it at the bottom and sides. Again grease on top of the butter paper and dust it with some cocoa powder***
Preheat oven to 170 degree C.
Prepare the buttermilk and keep aside.
Mix the dry ingredients (Flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt).
Sift it to mix well and avoid lumps.
In a separate bowl cream the butter. Add the sugar.
Add vanilla extract.
Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternatively.
Stir in chopped almonds/hazelnuts/pistachios.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let it cool.

For the ganache:

Add the cream and chocolate and place on low fire. Keep stirring till the chocolate melts fully. Remove from heat and stir briskly. It should be of flowing consistency. If the ganache is too thick add a little more cream/ if it’s too thin add a little chocolate.

Final touch:
After the cake has cooled remove from rack and place on a cake stand/plate.
Pour the ganache slowly pushing it from the centre to the outer edges so that it drips on the sides.
Decorate with chocolate shavings.


Avoid salt if you are using salted butter.
To prepare buttermilk take 100ml milk at room temperature. Add 1 tsp white vinegar. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes. When it curdles it is ready for use.
Always dust your pan with cocoa powder if you are making chocolate cakes (instead of All purpose flour) to avoid white layer being formed on the outer crust.


  1. Nice cake ... love the ganache..the way it falls on the cake is superb.

  2. Yummy cake!!! I am hearing about use of buttermilk in cake for first time...will make a note of it!!!

  3. Loos so good...the frosting is to die for.

  4. Lovely cake yaar!!
    looks different...

  5. Wow Rinku!! I was going to make this cake yesterday but chose the dark chocolate with walnuts instead as I ran out of unsalted butter!! The pictures are simple stunning! The ganache idea of using white chocolate is terrific!! And I love the way it looks like a table cloth..more of a fondant look :) Way to go girl!

  6. Cake looks delicious and the ganache is just so yum

  7. That looks so professional n neat. Super scrumptious cake ~ great work n amzingly beautiful pics too :)
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  8. Your cakes are just awesome dear,super moist and delicious cake

  9. That looks so good! I love anything baked with buttermilk :)

  10. Wow....cake looks so perfect n professional...and the way u presented the ganache was awesome n amazing pictures...damn good...sorry friend I am not getting proper updates on my dashboard not able to follow others properly...

  11. the cake looks amazingly tasty! Loved the white chocolate ganache on top...mmm..simply delicious! Great job and really great photography..

  12. belated birthday wishes to you Rinku. Loved the cake especially the white Ganache. Nice touch there.

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  13. Belated birthday wishes ...Thts a gorgeous looking cake:)

  14. Kalakki Rinku! 2nd picture is so tempting!! Great b'day treat and happy belated b'day! Lots of love and hugs on this special occasion ♥♥

  15. yummy cake.you have a nice blog.you can visit my blog and give ur valuable comments.

  16. yumm... i love chocolate.. the cake is superb and that white chocolate ganache is really tempting!

  17. Hope u had a wonderful birthday! Wish you many happy returns of the day :)

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  19. Belated Happy Birthday Rinku. Your presentation skills are awesome in most of your dishes. You have quite a few cake frosting ideas that i will come back to. Also love your idea of using pressure cooker for baking cakes. I am going to forward your site link to a friend who asked me about baking with pressure cooker.

  20. This looks outstanding, very impressive! Lovely clicks :)

  21. Hi,Rinku,

    I am prathiba from "The indian food court"> You do have wonderful space with wow cake recipes i say!!!!!!!!!!!


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