Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cream Cheese (Bisquick) Marble Pound Cake

Of course I am embarrassed to be using Bisquick aka pre-mixed baking product and blogging about it. No, they are not sponsoring this post nor are they sending samples of the powdered stuff to my door. I am blogging this because I am a resourceful person. However, my beloved roommate, Heather, is not.  likes to shop at Costco. We live in an old Portland Craftsman style house built in 1906 with small cupboards. I need room for my glorious bottles of extra virgin olive oil and bags of millet , dried rose petals, and Skor Bars. I needed to get rid of that ginormous box of Bisquick Heather will never use. 

I found a recipe for Bisquick pound cake receiving mad props on the inter webs so I had to try. On my first go round I made a boozy plum version which I brought to a bachelorette party. I got inspired to make the marble pound cake when my boyfriend excitedly purchased two slices of Stabucks marble pound cake confessing that he loves the stuff. I wanted to up one ol Starbucks so I went from one corporate swine to the next using Bisquick in my machismo quest. It's no joke, this Bisquick pound cake is stellar -with a nice twang of tartness, moist and fairly dense. My boyfriend said it needed more sugar but I don't like things super sweet and to me this cake tasted like a traditional Greek cake (keik) that all Greek ladies over 68 yo are famous for baking. I used 70% Belgium chocolate for the chocolate swirl which really made a difference in the final product. 

Moral of the store: this is a good reason to either 
1) Use up deserted Bisquick mix 
2) Make a stellar pound cake super fast 
3) pretend you're in the 1940s
4) Protest pancakes

Cream Cheese Bisquick Pound Cake
Adapted from Betty Crocker

2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
5 oz good dark chocolate, chopped

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a (9X5 inch, approx) loaf pan.
  • Beat all ingredients except chocolate in a bowl for 30 seconds, scraping bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed for 4 minutes.
  • Melt chocolate either by melting in microwave or heating on stove at low heat. Slowly incorporating half of the batter into the chocolate
  • Pour remaining batter into loaf.
  • Top with chocolate batter and swirl with butter knife.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until cake springs back. 
  • Try to wait patiently for cake to cool before cutting a slice. 


JustinM said...

Would you be mad if I ate around the chocolate part?

Three-Cookies said...

I think some free samples will arrive after the Bisquick team reads this

Dewi said...

It looks marvelous. I always like the simplicity of marble pound cake.

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

i love that you used bisquick! I bet this poundcake was fluffy and delicious, i love a good quick recipe and I'm sure yours was better than Starbucks ;)

Banana Wonder said...

Justin - My boyfriend Justin would eat your chocolate parts. Um, that sounds wrong.

Three-Cookies - Haha, better than slim fast!

Elra - Thanks, me too :-)

Natassia - Hey! What is going on with the Manilla machine? I think an ube pound cake might be needed...

Helen said...

Great idea to use the Bisquick for this pound keik. Very resourceful. I'm sure your keik knocked Starblechs right out of the water! Aside from saying that your pound cake needed more sugar, did your bf like it better than Starbucks?

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - Starblechs! Hah, I love it! Good question - I think he liked the chocolate part better :-)