Chocolate Mascarpone Pound Cake

We were recently invited to a friend’s home for dinner and I offered to bring dessert.  I was pretty excited about this, I don’t typically make dessert, so it gave me a chance to comb through my cookbooks.  I found this recipe out of my “Weeknights With Giada” cookbook by Giada De Laurentiis and it seemed perfect for the occasion.

I hope you will give this one a try – it’s very easy and will be a hit with your guests!

Chocolate Mascarpone Pound Cake Watermark from Giada De Laurentiis | The Bubbly Hostess

Chocolate Mascarpone Pound Cake Watermark from Giada De Laurentiis | The Bubbly Hostess

Chocolate Mascarpone Pound Cake
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Cake
  1. Butter, for the pan
  2. 1 (16-ounce) box of pound cake mix, such as Betty Crocker
  3. ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Hershey’s
  4. 4 tablespoons ( ½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  5. ¼ cup (2 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  6. 2/3 cup whole milk
  7. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  8. 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  9. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Glaze
  1. 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  2. ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Hershey’s
  3. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. For the cake: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 x 5-inch metal loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pound cake mix, cocoa powder, butter, mascarpone cheese, milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer, beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes until smooth and thick.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and invert onto a rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. For the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder. Add the vanilla and slowly whisk in 3 tablespoons water, or a little more as needed, until the mixture is thick. Spoon the glaze over the cake and serve.
Adapted from Weeknights With Giada
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