Baptist Pound Cake

Hey There!,

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it looks like I’ll be hosting Mother’s Day lunch/dinner again. I’m the only woman in my family with no kids, so I guess the task falls on me, that is until I have kids of my own. I’m still working on this year’s menu, but I do know that it will include this 5 flavor pound cake we like to call, “Baptist Pound Cake”. Now I made a version of this cake last year for Mother’s Day lunch but I have since then improved the recipe…at least I think it has improved. I simply added cream cheese to the recipe and I think it makes all the difference. The cake was moist before, but since adding the cream cheese it has become ever more moist and dense. It’s just so perfect.

Now, if you all grew up in “black church” or maybe you just attended a southern church, you’re all too familiar with pound cake. It seems that whenever there was an afternoon program (or afternoon pro-grim, as the old people say) it could be guaranteed that the following six things would be on the repast menu, 1) pound cake 2) after dinner mints 3) cookies 4) punch (preferably red or green and the kind that comes frozen that you just pour ginger ale over) 5) salted peanuts and 6) sheet cake. Some older church lady usually made the pound cake and it was always dense moist and perfect. This cake is just like that. The flavor is great, the texture is great and eating it just takes you back to fun times and times of fellowship (at least it does for me).

I think another about this cake that makes it so great is that you can dress it up or down and top it with almost anything you can think of. Sometimes it’s good all on its own, but other times a little icing, some fruit, nuts, ice cream or whipped cream and help take it to the next level. This cake is just so versatile and it’s just perfect for every occasion.

So if you love pound cake like I do and if it conjures up childhood memories like it does for me, be sure to check out the recipe for “Baptist Pound Cakes”. Be sure to tell me how you like to top it or if you like to eat it plain.

See you in my next post.

~Samantha J

Baptist Pound Cake

1 brick cream cheese at room temp
6 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 sticks of butter (salted) at room temp
3 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
1/2 tea lemon extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the cream cheese and butter until it is light and whipped. About 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the salt and sugar and continue to beat for another 3-5 minutes until well incorporated.

In a separate bowl crack 6 eggs. Add them one by one to the mixer while on low speed making each sure each egg is well incorporated.

Add the flavorings.

Add the flour to the mixture in three parts.

Generously butter and flour two loaf pans. Divide mixture into the two pans.

Bake for 30 45 minutes or until done.

Top with your favorite topping and enjoy.



Nutty Bread Pudding

Hey There,

So, all April long I’m featuring some of my favorite comfort foods. I know that you usually don’t think of comfort foods in April but since the weather has been so cold and dreary here in Virginia all month long, I figured why not! So, today’s post is all about bread pudding. Now, I will admit that bread pudding is not my absolute favorite but there is just something about the smell and the taste that is comforting to me. It reminds me of my childhood babysitter. Whenever I smell it or taste it, I can just see me, my brother and her sitting in her kitchen eating breakfast. Maybe that is where I first had it; I don’t know. But anyway, I had some leftover EuroClassic cream cheese brioche bread just sitting in my refrigerator so I decided to make some. I whipped up some eggs, vanilla, sugar and voila, I had a bread pudding. To make it extra comforting, I mixed together some sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, butter and sugar and topped off the pudding with that.  Oh and, I added a little (okay, a lot) of whipped cream on top right before I ate a slice.

How do you all feel about bread pudding? Is it one of your favorite comfort foods or could you do without it?

See you in my next post!

~Samantha J.

Bread Pudding

1.5 loaf of cream cheese brioche bread (slightly stale)
4 eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla
1/2 tablespoon of almond extract
6 tablespoons butter
2 cups half/half
3/4 cup  sugar
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)

Cube bread

Combine eggs, vanilla, almond extract and half and half into a large mixing bowl. Wisk until combined.

Add in bread and allow it to soak up the mixture for 5-10 mins.

Use 2 tablespoons of the butter to grease all sides of a baking dish.

Add bread and mixture to the baking dish and make for 30-45 mins.

While the pudding is baking, combine the nuts, brown sugar and 4 tablespoons of butter (melted) into a bowl. Mix until combined and the nuts are coated.

Sprinkle the nuts and sugar on top of the pudding and bake for another 5-10 mins.

Remove pudding and allow it to cool.

Top with more nuts and whipped cream right before eating.