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Merry Mocha Pound Cake

Makes: 10 to 12 servings
Prep 25 mins Cool 10 mins Bake 325°F1 hr 15 mins to 1 hr 20 mins
Merry Mocha Pound Cake
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4  cups  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  cream of tartar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 2/3  cup  butter, softened
  • 1/2  cup  cold water
  • 1  tablespoon  instant coffee crystals
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 3  eggs
  • 2  ounces  unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  •  Coffee Cream (optional)
  •  Milk chocolate curls (optional)
  •  Instant coffee crystals (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, sugar, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda; set aside.

2. In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add flour mixture; beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until fine crumbs form.

3. In a small bowl combine the water and the 1 tablespoon coffee crystals, stirring until coffee crystals are dissolved. Add coffee mixture and vanilla to butter mixture; beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Beat in eggs and melted chocolate on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 75 to 80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean.

5. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on rack. If desired, top each serving with Coffee Cream, chocolate curls, and additional coffee crystals.

Coffee Cream
Start to Finish 15 mins
  • 1  cup  whipping cream
  • 1  tablespoon  powdered sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  instant coffee crystals

1. In a medium bowl combine whipping cream, powdered sugar, and instant coffee crystals. Cover and chill for 10 minutes. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).

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