Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache

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 Rich pound cake layers with delicious fluffy frosting and a rich whipped chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake w Whipped Chocolate Ganache

I don’t know what it is, but when I travel for a weekend, I always have a million different bags.  Maybe I just should take 1 big bag and call it a day?  I just try so hard to be an efficient and minimalist traveler (ha!).

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake w Whipped Chocolate Ganache

What if I want to workout?  Sneakers.  Are we going out to a nice dinner? Heels (maybe).  Do I want to look pretty? Makeup.  Work to do? Computer (always).  Are we celebrating something? Gifts.

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake w Whipped Chocolate Ganache

Am I supposed to bring some sort of dessert? Wait, that’s not actually a question.  Do I want to blog about it? Camera (woops!).  I am thankful for my iPhone!

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake w Whipped Chocolate Ganache

I don’t really go anywhere without some sort of sweet treat, because frankly, I’ll be sent back from where I came if I don’t!  For Mother’s Day weekend, however, I was a little behind on my baking.  So instead of a finished product, I traveled with cake layers.  Completely normal, right?  Probably not, but you know what, it was worth it.

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake w Whipped Chocolate Ganache

I’m actually a huge fan of pound cake.  I very rarely make it but when I saw this cake from Michelle a few weeks ago, I was completely inspired to translate her recipe into a layer cake.  It did not disappoint!

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake w Whipped Chocolate Ganache

Since it was Mother’s Day, I knew the cake needed plenty of chocolate.  The moist and dense (perfect pound cake texture!) cake layers were filled with chocolate chips and the outside was covered with a rich whipped chocolate ganache.  The filling was vanilla buttercream.  I was actually experimenting with a shortening-based recipe, but next time I’d just use all butter or at least half butter instead.  Okay, now I am completely craving this cake again.

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake w Whipped Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache
 
Rich pound cake layers with delicious fluffy frosting and a rich whipped chocolate ganache.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 12-16 servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Pound Cake:
  • 12 ounces (1½ cups / 3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 8 ounces regular cream cheese
  • 1 pound 6½ ounces granulated sugar (~3 cups)
  • 6 eggs at room temperature
  • 11½ ounces (~3 cups) cake flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces (~1 cup) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Basic Vanilla Buttercream with Shortening for filling:
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped Ganache Frosting:
  • 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Pound Cake:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees; grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans; line bottoms of pans with parchment paper and grease and flour the parchment paper; set aside
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed until light and creamy; add sugar and beat mixture until light and fluffy; scrape the sides of the bowl
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on medium speed between each one until incorporated; mix in vanilla on medium speed until combined and then scrape the sides of the bowl
  4. With mixer on low, slowly add the flour and the salt just until combined; do not overmix
  5. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in chocolate chips
  6. Pour batter into prepared baking pans and bake 40-50 minutes or until a knife comes out clean from center of each layer; edges will brown slightly; do not overbake
  7. Set aside cake to cool and prepare filling and ganache
  8. Once cake has cooled, carefully remove layers from pans; run a knife around the edge of each layer for easier removal
  9. Frost bottom layer with filling and top with second cake layer; frost entire outside of cake with whipped ganache
Basic Vanilla Buttercream with Shortening for filling:
  1. Beat shortening in electric mixer on high speed for several minutes until light and creamy; add powdered sugar and mix on low for one minute; scrape sides of the bowl and add vanilla; beat on high speed until light and fluffy; use immediately or covered in refrigerator up to five days; bring to room temperature before using
Whipped Ganache Frosting:
  1. Place chocolate in a large heat-safe bowl and set aside
  2. Pour cream into a medium heavy duty sauce-pan and place over medium heat; bring to boil and remove immediately
  3. Pour hot cream over chocolate, add salt, and let stand for 10 minutes
  4. Whisk mixture until smooth
  5. Chill ganache in refrigerator for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until ganache is thick in texture but not hard
  6. Once chilled, put ganache in the bowl of an electric mixer; beat on high speed for about four minutes or until light and fluffy and paler in color
  7. Use immediately
Notes
Cake very slightly adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Whipped Ganache Frosting from Martha Stewart
Cake layers can be made ahead of time; wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for one day or in freezer up to one month
Once frosted, serve immediately; cake can be stored in refrigerator up to two days covered lightly with plastic wrap; bring to room temperature before serving

 

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake w Whipped Chocolate Ganache

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20 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache”

  1. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic May 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I love that thick chocolate frosting!

  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    ohmaaaagawwwd. Looooove this. Best poundcake ever (um whipped chocolate ganache? Yes pleeease!)

  3. Joanne May 21, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    I feel like I always have a million bags also! Even when I really make a concerted effort to pack light. What is THAT about?

    I love that you turned pound cake into a layer cake. It’s so much more crave-worthy this way!

  4. DessertForTwo May 21, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    YUM. I wish I could travel with food. I’d like to bring farm fresh eggs to my mom this weekend, but I have a feeling TSA wouldn’t like that.

    • Keep It Sweet June 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      I bet if you bribed them with some of your amazing sweets they would let it slide:-)

  5. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Haha oh my gosh you traveled with cake layers? That’s hilarious! Although I’m thinking of mixing up the dry ingredients for a brownie pie I want to make this weekend while I am away so I guess it’s not that weird!

    • Keep It Sweet June 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      Such a good idea… and in my world, definitely not weird!

  6. Lora @cakeduchess May 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    How cute that you traveled with cake layers! You can bring me some any time you’d like to visit. I bet your mom was just thrilled:) So pretty, Lauren!

  7. Dalila G. May 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Pound cake is wonderful, I LOVE pound cakes in any shape and flavors!
    This recipe is just too yummy & sinful!!
    I will definitely be putting it in my keeper file.

  8. Rachel May 23, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I love pound cake too and never make it because it doesn’t usually seem as ‘fun’ as other desserts. I love that you put the kabosh on that notion!! Looks amazing!

  9. Nutmeg Nanny May 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Oh my! This is divine! I love ganache :)

  10. JulieD May 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    That ganache sounds sooo good! And that cake too!

  11. Carolyn May 30, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Wow, Lauren, this is one gorgeous cake! I always travel with some of my baked goods, so I can indulge too while we’re away, but I’ve never traveled with full cake layers!

    • Keep It Sweet June 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      Thank you! And kind of wish I could have sampled some of your baked goods last weekend!

  12. alex May 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    you can travel my way with cake layers anytime!

  13. Valerie June 9, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Traveling with cake layer should be mandatory – the world would be a much happier place. :D

    This cake…I’m in love! Cream cheese and chocolate! Be still my heart!

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