Black & White Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache Drizzle

Fancy food is not for the casual eater. Too much fanciness can make a non-foodie type feel a little out of place. It’s not welcomed by the non-adventurous type. And it’s usually not appreciated by one who doesn’t really know food. Sometimes simple really is best.

I made this pound cake recently… when I was looking for something simple to have for dessert. We were having a visiting relative for dinner, and he’s definitely not the fancy sort, so I settled on: Black and White Pound Cake.
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It was a simple, buttery pound cake. One part of the batter was left vanilla, and another part of the batter was flavored with chocolate syrup. It was perfectly simple and delicious as pictured here, but I felt there was something missing. It needed something, well… fancy.
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It needed more chocolate!  So I whipped up some ganache and drizzled away…
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…and made it a little more… fancy. I couldn’t help it. It needed it. And the cake grew more delicious exponentially because of it.

Our guest loved it, of course. It was the perfect amount of fancy needed for this simple occasion.  And the added ganache didn’t stir up any objection from the rest of the family either.  In my family, the more chocolate there is… the better- fancy or not!

This recipe can be found here: Black and White Pound Cake

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47 Responses to “Black & White Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache Drizzle”

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    Manggy — May 12, 2009 @ 3:19 AM

    Yum! That is a *perfect* cross-section! :)

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    Judy — May 12, 2009 @ 3:49 AM

    Great looking cake Lori. The ganache really glammed it up!

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    leemz — May 12, 2009 @ 3:54 AM

    God i love it! Can’t wait to bake it :)

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    Eliana — May 12, 2009 @ 4:30 AM

    This is a “fancy” dessert without being overly done. It looks fantastic.

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    Susan — May 12, 2009 @ 4:34 AM

    Oh that is a scrumptious treat- simple yet elegant! Great for any gathering or just because!

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    Liz Ross Brooks — May 12, 2009 @ 4:37 AM

    Wow this looks really impressive! Yum:)

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    Barbara — May 12, 2009 @ 5:08 AM

    I would have loved the ganache on the cake too! Looks delcious!

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    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy — May 12, 2009 @ 5:16 AM

    This cake looks pretty fancy to me! Absolutely gorgeous! That ganache is pure food porn.

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    Dorys — May 12, 2009 @ 7:35 AM

    Delicious!

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    Sara — May 12, 2009 @ 6:41 AM

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! Simple…yet so fancy! :)

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    snooky doodle — May 12, 2009 @ 7:07 AM

    oh this looks awesome. So good and so nice. You re amazing

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    Alisa -Frugal Foodie — May 12, 2009 @ 7:12 AM

    Oh no, the sugar cravings are setting in! This looks delicious.

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    Sarah — May 12, 2009 @ 7:12 AM

    i love how thick the drizzle is!

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — May 12, 2009 @ 7:14 AM

    OMG that looks awesome!!

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    Michelle — May 12, 2009 @ 7:42 AM

    Great photo and the recipe sounds delicious.

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    jennywenny — May 12, 2009 @ 7:54 AM

    That is really beautiful. I’m even more tempted to cave and finally get a bundt pan!

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    nina — May 12, 2009 @ 8:13 AM

    That is a mean drizzle, but I agree the cake looks more dressed-up with it!!

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    courtney aka glamah — May 12, 2009 @ 10:04 AM

    That looks gorgeous Love the marbled effect.

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    CookiePie — May 12, 2009 @ 10:25 AM

    WOW – that looks AMAZING!! I would like a big slice with a glass of milk :)

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    Ciaochowlinda — May 12, 2009 @ 11:22 AM

    I like the fancy pants version with the chocolate drizzle.

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    Manuela — May 12, 2009 @ 1:10 PM

    Hi. I’m no fancy girl either, and I loved this cake! I’m so happy I found your site! Lovin’ it! :)
    Now, excuse-me, I’m gonna go and grab your adorable button!

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    The Duo Dishes — May 12, 2009 @ 12:26 PM

    The ganache is heavenly! Pure chocolate heaven.

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    donna — May 12, 2009 @ 12:43 PM

    Oh Yes! Does thatever look fantastic, t is screaming my name!

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    Kerstin — May 12, 2009 @ 12:51 PM

    It looks so perfect and delicious! I love poundcake.

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    Heather — May 12, 2009 @ 2:50 PM

    mmmm. that chocolate drizzle looks amazing :)

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    patsyk — May 12, 2009 @ 5:17 PM

    Oh, yes, chocolate ganache is always a nice touch! Looks gorgeous!

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    Bunny — May 12, 2009 @ 5:56 PM

    Very nice!! The ganache tops it perfectly!

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    southern hostess — May 12, 2009 @ 6:51 PM

    I am a sucker for pound cake. This one looks so good!

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    shalum — May 12, 2009 @ 7:11 PM

    i bet this would be perfect with my earl grey tea! yummy!

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    Dana — May 12, 2009 @ 10:06 PM

    Your bundt pan makes it look extra fancy! The cake looks amazing and a little extra chocolate never hurt anyone.

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    Katrina — May 13, 2009 @ 4:52 AM

    That looks awesome with the different colors. Yummy, too!

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    Patricia Scarpin — May 13, 2009 @ 6:04 AM

    That is a gorgeous cake! I love the marbled effect in the middle.

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    Jaime — May 13, 2009 @ 7:01 AM

    Oooh, very nice. I really like the shot with the fork stuck in the slice of cake. Pink backgrounds are lovely, too!

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    Rosie — May 13, 2009 @ 11:01 AM

    OMG this is one gorgeous cake!! WOW I just adore all that chocolate dripping down the sides *slurp*

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    pigpigscorner — May 13, 2009 @ 11:56 AM

    Looks amazing esp with the drizzle!!

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    Jenn@slim-shoppin — May 13, 2009 @ 1:33 PM

    That would be dangerous in my house!

    It looks so good. I never knew how to make ganache!

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    Lori Lynn — May 13, 2009 @ 2:04 PM

    Yea, it needed the “fancy.”
    Like your cake stand too.
    LL

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    Stacey Snacks — May 13, 2009 @ 5:15 PM

    Simple is best.
    I love this cake, with or without the ganache.
    I could not have this in the house, I would eat the whole cake in 2 days!
    Great photos!

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    katie — May 14, 2009 @ 12:13 AM

    Looks wonderful. I love how it reveals the swirled inside once you cut into it

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    chocolateshavings — May 14, 2009 @ 3:31 AM

    That drizzle of ganache is killer! I would have a slice of that cake right this second!

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    Louise — May 14, 2009 @ 6:45 AM

    Extraordinary! I’m going to “grab” this link to add to a Bundt Pan post I did a while back. Your cake looks absolutely de…licious!!! Thanks for sharing. Love the sinful drizzle of ganache:)

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    isa — May 14, 2009 @ 7:31 AM

    Wow! Love the marbled effect and the ganache seems delicious!

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    Dimah — May 14, 2009 @ 12:31 PM

    Mmmm, the cake looks totally fabulous!

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    Leslie Green — May 14, 2009 @ 5:26 PM

    oh my my my! This looks divine

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    ingrid — May 14, 2009 @ 7:07 PM

    I was asked ot make a marble cake and was on the look out for a recipe… I think this is it. You’ve yet to steer me wrong ! :)

    Thanks for sharing1 Btw, loved that last photo.

    Hope you had a terrific mother’s day!
    ~ingrid

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    Deborah — May 14, 2009 @ 7:07 PM

    This looks amazing – I love the ganache dripping down the sides!

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    Just a Girl — May 15, 2009 @ 7:41 PM

    Wow, this looks very chic and beautiful- I am loving all the photos as well.