Saturday, February 5, 2011

Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake~For my "Best Friend"


We sometimes do not speak to each other for months together,we might meet each other maybe once in 6 months or so but if at all we need each other,we know we are just a call away.I know the term "best friend" sounds quite mushy and teenage-y,but I like saying it-Yes,Mary is my best friend,one who has been with me through thick and thin and one who came to me dropping everything in her life at a point when I needed her the most.I remember,I had just called her and asked pleasantries and immediately she knew something was wrong.She came home with her toddler in tow and at least for a while,my worries were wiped away!!

Happy Birthday Mary--You are a special person and you mean a lot to me!!

She surprised me with a delicious cake for my birthday last year and I had some plans for her birthday too.Alas,she's not in Chennai anymore,so it has to be a virtual treat!!


I made this Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake,a different take on the Lime Buttermilk Pound Cake,recipe courtesy Deeba.As with her other bakes which I've tried,this one was super delicious too.I am starting to love the wonderful texture that buttermilk cakes provide.Since Mary loves iced cakes,I frosted the cake with some leftover chocolate buttercream from my birthday cake[yes!]which I had frozen.

Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake


Plain flour – 1 cup
Whole wheat flour – ¼ cup
Baking powder – ½ tsp
Cocoa powder – ¼ cup,heaped
Baking soda – ¼ tsp
Salt – ¼ tsp
Butter[unsalted]- ½ cup,room temperature[or 70gms butter & 30gms olive oil]
Sugar – 1 cup
Eggs - 2
Buttermilk – 100ml [or substitute recipe below]
Pure vanilla extract – 1 tsp
To make buttermilk substitute at home:

Take 100ml milk at room temp; add 1 tsp white vinegar. Let it stand 5-10 minutes. When it curdles, it’s ready.


Grease and flour the sides of a 8″ ring tin, or a 6″ round tin. Line the bottom and sides.I used an 8’ round tin.
Preheat the oven to 170C.
Sift the flour with the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Reserve.
Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
With beater on low add the flour and buttermilk alternately in three lots. {Stir in chopped nuts at this point if you like. Walnuts, almonds and pistachios go well with chocolate. Hazelnuts too.}
Bake for 50-60 minutes till golden brown on top, and the tester comes out clean.My cake got done in 50 minutes.
Finishing off…
Overturn the cake out gently on rack, and remove the lining. Turn it back on another rack. Let it cool for about 15-20 minutes. Spread the icing evenly over the cooled cake and dust with chocolate shavings.


Sending this to Ally's event Delicious Desserts!


  1. Looks yummy and mouth watering... A visual treat...

  2. Cant agree with u more on the term best friend...:) And I was waiting for the cake recipe it is so tempting to see the cake. Do u get frosting cream from shop or u make it at home? I am awed by your frosting skills in every cake that u make:) Though I dont like frosting much I want to try my hands for blogsake :)

  3. Looks super delicious ... your both pics are super cute and Birthday Wishes to Mary

  4. A delightful chocolaty treat for your dear friend! The pound cake looks perfect and scrumptious.

  5. What a fantastic treat for ur best friend!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. How wonderful that cake looks Divya..Happy Birthday to your dear friend. I am sure both of you are very lucky to have each other..:)

  7. EXCELLENT TREAT. I too have same views on friendship.

  8. I'm so happy to see such a bond between you two. U ladies are so lucky to have each other through thick and thin.

    Perfect cake for Mary. Wish her the best birthday on my behalf too! :D

  9. My b'day wishes to Mary,U both luks very nice in both the pics...Delicious Cake.

  10. yur a darling!!Mary is indeed lucky viturally or not...the thought definitely counts...yu guys were like Siamese twins back in the day!!

  11. Wow,good to see your teenage-y picture :) Cake looks so perfect and special,perfect!

  12. Aww..Thats so sweet of you to bake a cake for u'r best friend..
    Cake looks irrestible:)

  13. That is a sweet gesture Divya. Lovely pics of both of you! And the cake sure looks delicious with those chocolate shavings!

  14. Wow.. Truly blessed to have such good friends :) Wish her a very very happy B'day. Lovely, yummy, delicious cake!..

  15. Just perfect cake and yes, that is what all is about friendship.

  16. You won't believe this, have just returned from PAB after(drooling and) jotting this recipe down when I saw this post on my dashboard!! Am loving buttermilk in my bakes too! This looks fab Divya!

    Good friends are to be treasured and what better a way than with a good chocolate cake!

  17. Wat a fabulous cake for ur best friend, truly an irresistible treat..

    My birthday wishes to ur dear friend Divya..

  18. u r lucky to have such nice friend..and teh cake looks yum,,

  19. Best friend and Chocolates are forever. And lucky are those who get to enjoy both together!

  20. What a great tribute to your best friend. Am glad you enjoy this cake as much as I do Divya. Thank you for the mention, and for baking one of my faves! Hugs!!

  21. Cake looks delicious. Heard a lot of raves for Deeba's recipe. I freeze lefotver frosting too :)

  22. Hi Divya, the cake came out fine and was super yummy! Thanks! Diya


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