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Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze by Gordon Ramsay

Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze


I originally published this recipe in 2008 and updated the post in 2019. I hope you enjoy it!

Grandmama’s Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

I have received a lot of requests for recipes in the past, but this is the one cake that I am asked to make most often. Its just a good old fashioned chocolate pound cake recipe from my Grandmama that is sublime on its own, but when you add Grandmama’s fudge icing, it becomes a favorite to all.

The icing used on this cake is what the old folks refer to as a “boiled icing”. This means they make it in a pot on top of the oven and it is brought to a boil to thicken it, truly it is very much like making fudge but we use a timer instead of a thermometer to trust it gets to the right temperature.

Have you ever had your granny make one of those cakes that when she cut into it, the icing cracked and broke off in huge fudgey chunks? THIS is THAT icing! I make a peanut butter version of it, too. 

This cake has an interesting history in my life. When Ricky and I got married, he had just graduated from college and I was still working on my Home Economics degree. So, in order for us to have a little extra money, I made this cake. Back then I sold them for $18 each and I felt like I was making a fortune. Every now and then someone would write me a check for $20 and I was really living the big time then! As a result, I have a special fondness for this cake on many levels: My grandmama, sweet memories of days gone by, and the joy of being able to make a little extra money to help ends meet. Aside from that, it’s just a good old timeless recipe. I hope you get to try it soon.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

You’ll need:  Milk, All Purpose Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Vanilla, Cocoa, Three sticks butter, & 5 Eggs. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour your pan. What I do is fold a paper towel, put it over my hand and dip into the shortening, then smear it all around. Take a bit of flour and pour into the pan and move your pan around, patting it a bit, to get the flour to coat the sides. Then I turn it upside down and shake out the excess flour into the trash can.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

Cream butter and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy.

This is what “light and fluffy” looks like. 🙂

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

In Separate bowl, stir together baking powder, flour, and cocoa powder.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

Add vanilla to milk.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

Alternately add milk and flour mixture to creamed butter, mixing after each addition.

Add eggs, one at a time, while still running the mixer.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

Spoon batter into greased and floured pan and spread out a bit.

Place this in the center of oven and bake for one hour and twenty minutes.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

Remove from oven and let sit for ten minutes. Turn out onto cooling rack. Let cool completely while mixing up icing.

For the CHOCOLATE FUDGE ICING you’ll need:  milk, sugar, cocoa, butter, shortening, vanilla, and salt.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge GlazePlace milk, sugar, butter, shortening, and salt in a heavy sauce pan over medium high heat. 

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

Stir continuously while bringing to a boil.

Once it reaches a rolling boil, stop stirring and allow to boil on its own for two minutes.

Remove from heat. Add cocoa powder and vanilla. Stir until well blended.

Keep stirring icing a minute or two until it cools just a bit. I sometimes stick the bottom of my saucepan in a bowl of cool water to speed the process.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

Now act quickly. Use a large spoon to spoon the icing over the cake or just pour directly from your saucepan. It will begin to set up rather quickly.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

Allow to sit until the icing hardens a bit.

Grandmama's Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

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Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze

Ingredients

  • CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE:
  • 1+1/2 cups butter
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cups Milk
  • GLAZE:
  • 1+1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 7 Tablespons Whole Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour bundt pan, set aside. Cream butter in large mixing bowl. Add sugar, beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  • In separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Measure milk and stir vanilla into it. Add milk and dry ingredients alternately to batter in mixing bowl, mixing after each addition. Pour into pan and bake for one hour and twenty minutes. Let cool for ten minutes before removing from pan and allowing to cool completely before adding glaze.

  • For glaze, Combine sugar, cocoa, milk, shortening, margarine, and salt in heavy saucepan. Bring to a rolling , stirring constantly. Once it reaches a rolling boil, allow to boil without stirring for two minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stirr until cooled just slightly. Spoon over cooled cake.

 You might enjoy my Grandmama’s No Fail 7 Minute Icing!


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CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES by Gordon Ramsay

CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES


Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies are full of oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips and topped with a simple peanut butter frosting. These delicious peanut butter bars have the consistency of your favorite brownie recipe.

I love brownies and I love peanut butter and this recipe has quickly become a favorite around my house. The consistency of these peanut butter brownies is thick and chewy just like brownies and the frosting on top really does add just the right amount of sweetness and a little bit of extra peanut butter flavor.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies are full of oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips and topped with a simple peanut butter frosting. These delicious peanut butter bars have the consistency of your favorite brownie recipe.

Ingredients in Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oats (I usually use quick oats, but regular oats would work too)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

How to make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies

Preheat the oven to 350°.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter together until well blended. Add the white sugar and brown sugar and beat together with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat together for 2-3 more minutes.

Add all of the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Place the mixture in a greased 8X8 pan and press until evenly distributed and flat on the top. Bake for 20 minutes and then allow to cool. Prepare the peanut butter frosting and spread on top of the cooled brownies.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies are full of oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips and topped with a simple peanut butter frosting. These delicious peanut butter bars have the consistency of your favorite brownie recipe.

How to make Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 3-5 tsp. milk

Using an electric mixer, combine the powdered sugar and peanut butter and then add milk a teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Spread on top of cooled brownies.

This recipe makes a pretty small amount of frosting (just enough for a thin coating on top of the brownies), so feel free to double it if you like a thicker frosting!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies are full of oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips and topped with a simple peanut butter frosting. These delicious peanut butter bars have the consistency of your favorite brownie recipe.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: chocolate chip peanut butter brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oats I usually use quick oats, but regular oats would work too
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 3-5 tsp. milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°.

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter together until well blended.

  • Add the white sugar and brown sugar and beat together with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat together for 2-3 more minutes. 

  • Add all of the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  • Place the mixture in a greased 8X8 pan and press until evenly distributed and flat on the top. Bake for 20 minutes and then allow to cool. Prepare the peanut butter frosting and spread on top of the cooled brownies.

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • Using an electric mixer, combine the powdered sugar and peanut butter and then add milk a teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Spread on top of cooled brownies.

  • This recipe makes a pretty small amount of frosting (just enough for a thin coating on top of the brownies), so feel free to double it if you like a thicker frosting!

Tips for making perfect peanut butter brownies

  • Make sure you use softened butter – DON’T melt it! One of the most common errors in cookie making is using butter that is either really cold and hard, or using butter that is too warm and melted. If you have time, just leave butter out on the counter for about 1-2 hours before making your cookies. If you are like me and don’t plan your cookie cravings that far in advance, just place the butter in your microwave and soften in 5 second intervals, being very careful to pull it out before it melts. I actually like to use the defrost setting on my microwave to soften butter- I don’t know the technical reasons behind it, but it seems to soften the butter more evenly and takes a little bit longer so I’m less likely to start melting it! 
  • Spend at least 2-3 minutes creaming the butter and sugars together. The mixture should be light and fluffy and the extra minute or two will make a big difference in the texture and consistency of the brownies. It’s also important to spend at least 2-3 minutes with the mixer after you add the egg and vanilla.
  • Be sure not to over mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Just mix until combined and then stop!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies are full of oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips and topped with a simple peanut butter frosting. These delicious peanut butter bars have the consistency of your favorite brownie recipe.

How to cut perfect brownies

The answer to getting every single brownie cut and looking perfect is parchment paper! I used to always get frustrated with brownies and other desserts that are made in a 9X13 pan because I felt like I was always destroying the entire first row trying to get them out of the pan! Then I discovered that if you use parchment paper, you can remove all the brownies from the pan and slice them perfectly without having to dig the first few servings out with a spoon.

If you don’t have parchment paper, you can just grease your pan like you usually do but you may have to sacrifice the first brownie or two before you can get perfectly cut squares out of the pan! I’ll be honest – sometimes I prefer to have eat the first one or two with a spoon so this isn’t such a bad thing!

Also, if you allow the brownies to cool completely, they will stay together better and not fall apart when cut. This particular brownie recipe is one of the easiest to cut into squares – the brownies stay intact much better than other recipes I’ve tried!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies are full of oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips and topped with a simple peanut butter frosting. These delicious peanut butter bars have the consistency of your favorite brownie recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies are full of oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips and topped with a simple peanut butter frosting. These delicious peanut butter bars have the consistency of your favorite brownie recipe.

 

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL APPLES – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL APPLES - Butter with a Side of Bread


Chocolate Caramel Apples are made with melted Milk Duds adding chocolate flavor to classic caramel coated apples! This easy caramel apple recipe is perfect for Halloween or any Fall party!

Chocolate Caramel Apples are just as easy to make as the traditional caramel apples, but add a bit of chocolate flavor which is always a good idea! I don’t know why I never even thought about melting Milk Duds to make caramel apples, but it is so easy and the taste is absolutely amazing! Milk Duds are one of my favorite candies and they melt down just as easily as regular caramels, plus you don’t have to unwrap all those little plastic wrappers!

Chocolate Caramel Apples are made with melted Milk Duds adding chocolate flavor to classic caramel coated apples! This easy caramel apple recipe is perfect for Halloween or any Fall party!

We make caramel apples every year around Halloween time and it was fun to change it up a little bit this year! The chocolate/caramel combination is incredible and pairs so nicely with fresh, crisp apples – this is the perfect fall treat!

What kind of apples do you use for caramel apples?

My favorite variety of apple to use for caramel apples is a firm, slightly tart apple like Granny Smith. These tart green apples balance out the sweet toppings perfectly. My personal favorite type of apple are Honeycrisp, so that is what I usually use. Fuji apples work great too!

How do you melt the caramel to make caramel apples?

I usually microwave the caramels (or in this case, Milk Duds!) in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval. I like using a microwave because it is so fast and easy this way! You can also melt the caramels/Milk Duds on the stove, using a heavy saucepan and cooking over medium-low heat. Make sure to stir nearly constantly while cooking and stir until completely melted and smooth.

Chocolate Caramel Apples are made with melted Milk Duds adding chocolate flavor to classic caramel coated apples! This easy caramel apple recipe is perfect for Halloween or any Fall party!

Ingredients in Chocolate Caramel Apples

  • 5 oz. box Milk Duds
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 medium apples
  • wooden craft sticks or apple sticks

Dipping apples in caramel

How to make Chocolate Caramel Apples

  1. Wash and dry apples, remove stems. Insert stick into stem end of apple and set aside. In a glass bowl, combine Milk Duds, milk, butter and vanilla.
  2. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. Make sure the mixture is extremely hot – the hotter it is, the thinner the mixture will be and the easier it is to coat the apples.
  3. Dip apples in the caramel mixture using a spoon to help coat the apples evenly. Place coated apples on wax paper and let stand until the candy coating firms up. Enjoy!

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Step by step instructions on how to make caramel apples

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL APPLES

Chocolate Caramel Apples are made with melted Milk Duds adding chocolate flavor to classic caramel coated apples! Perfect for Halloween or any Fall party!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 3 apples

Author: Butter With a Side of Bread

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. box Milk Duds
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 medium apples
  • wooden craft sticks

Instructions

  • Wash and dry apples, remove stems. Insert stick into stem end of apple and set aside.

  • In a glass bowl, combine Milk Duds, milk, butter and vanilla. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. Make sure the mixture is extremely hot – the hotter it is, the thinner the mixture will be and the easier it is to coat the apples.

  • Dip apples in the caramel mixture using a spoon to help coat the apples evenly. Place coated apples on wax paper and let stand until the candy coating firms up. Enjoy!

What is an easier way to dip caramel apples?

Caramel apples are pretty easy to dip if you stick a craft stick into the top before dipping. The stick provides an easy handle that helps you to coat the entire apple without getting the caramel all over your fingers! Sometimes caramel apples can be difficult to eat when they are whole, so you can slice the dipped apple right before serving. Another thing I like to do is slice the apples and just serve them along with the caramel as a dip! No matter how you decide to dip and serve your caramel apples, they will be delicious!

What kinds of toppings do you put on caramel apples?

Immediately after you dip the apples in caramel, it can be fun to add all kinds of different toppings. Some of my favorite ideas are sprinkles, crushed up candy bars (Snickers, Kit Kats, Milky Way, etc), or crushed up Oreo cookies. Just place the toppings on a plate and roll the freshly dipped apple in the topping until coated evenly. Once the caramel coating sets, you can also drizzle the apples with melted white chocolate, marshmallow or peanut butter as a yummy decoration!

Chocolate Caramel Apples are made with melted Milk Duds adding chocolate flavor to classic caramel coated apples! This easy caramel apple recipe is perfect for Halloween or any Fall party!

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Chocolate Caramel Apples are made with melted Milk Duds adding chocolate flavor to classic caramel coated apples! This easy caramel apple recipe is perfect for Halloween or any Fall party!

Chocolate Caramel Apples are easily made with melted Milk Duds, adding chocolate flavor to classic caramel coated apples! This easy caramel apple recipe is simple, delicious and perfect for fall and Halloween parties.

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Chocolate Caramel Apples are made with melted Milk Duds adding chocolate flavor to classic caramel coated apples! Perfect for Halloween or any Fall party!
Chocolate Caramel Apples are made with melted Milk Duds adding chocolate flavor to classic caramel coated apples! Perfect for Halloween or any Fall party!

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