Don’t let the sweet face fool you…

To look at my dog you would think, what a sweet looking puppy. But don’t let her looks fool you. There lies underneath all the cuteness, the heart of a ruthless killer. Day in and day out my dog tries to kill me. I’m not totally sure why, as if she offs me, there is no one to put food in her dish. I’m sure her thought is that if she offs me, then she gets all the people food. Only problem is that people food is in the cupboards and refrigerator and well….opposable thumbs anyone? Something she seems to forget she needs those.

Lucky for me, as a professional killer, she kinda sucks. Well, not kinda, she really sucks. Because if she were any good at it, well, I’d be dead. And so far, I am not (that I know of, life has been weird lately, maybe I am and don’t know it?)

While making this pound cake, crazy cocker spaniel had yet another failed attempt to kill me. While moving a bowl of sifted powdered sugar around the kitchen, she did her (as well as many other killer dogs) signature move of trying to take my feet from underneath me. She succeeded. The bowl of powdered sugar went flying (I am still finding sugar in places I didn’t know it could go…it’s like a day at the beach with sand). Some of it ended up on her. She of course didn’t mind, and attempted to lick herself clean like a cat. Which didn’t work and I had to clean her up as well.

This cake has nothing to do with the dog, other than her trying to kill me while making it. The idea for it was one of those 3am pop in my head kind of ideas that I get from time to time. Since I am stuck on Elvis this week, the pound cake portion of the recipe is adapted from Epicurious…with the name Elvis’s Favorite Pound Cake; I figured just keeps the Elvis week flowing.

It’s a plain vanilla pound cake with a mascarpone-coffee filling. A few sprinkles of chocolate chips and then covered in chocolate glaze. My taste testers gave it two (opposable) thumbs up!

For those not a friend of my Facebook page, you really should be.  It’s a great place to ask me questions and witness my super boring life on a more day to day basis. :)

Tiramisu Pound Cake

Pound Cake Recipe
Mascarpone-Coffee Filling Recipe
Chocolate Glaze Recipe
½ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

For the Pound Cake Batter:

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sifted cake flour
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature 30 minutes
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature 30 minutes
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350F.
Put oven rack in middle position, but do not preheat oven.
Generously butter 4 mini loaf pans (I use Chicago Metallic 5-3/4 by 3-1/4 by 2-1/4-inch) and dust with flour, knocking out excess flour. Or use baking spray…I did.
Sift together sifted flours (3 cups) and salt into a bowl.
Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or 6 to 8 minutes with a handheld mixer.
Add eggs/ yolk 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla.
Reduce speed to low and add half of flour, then all of cream, then remaining flour, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down side of bowl, and then beat at medium-high speed 5 minutes. Batter will become creamier and satiny.
For the Mascarpone-Coffee Filling:
8 ounce Mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
3 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 tsp. granulated instant coffee (I used Starbucks Via)
1 egg
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the mascarpone-coffee filling ingredients; beat until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
Pour half of the pound cake batter evenly into the four prepared loaf pans (after you have distributed all to all four, there should be half the batter left). Spoon mascarpone mixture on top of pound cake layer and spread evenly. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Then distribute the remaining pound cake batter evenly among the four pans.
Bake for 50-60 minutes. Keep checking once you hit the 50 minute mark. You might have to cover with foil for the top to not get too dark. Once cool, top with chocolate glaze.
Chocolate Glaze:
6 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Milk to thin (I think mine was about ¼ cup)
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Glaze cakes.
Pound Cake recipe adapted from


  1. Our dogs are just alike :D

    Ooooh a Tiramisu cake! My mom’s favorite.

  2. So cute! Pets can be ruthless devils. ;-P

    That cake looks delicious, mmmhhh!



  3. That picture of your pup is too cute, even knowing that she’s an attempted murderer :) My dog likes to do the same move – except generally, mine does it while I’m going down the stairs which is incredibly dangerous. That loaf looks and sounds delicious. And I’m now a “liker” of you on facebook!

  4. Who knew Elvis had such good taste in pound cake? It looks yummers. Love that innocent look on your pup’s face. :)

  5. Ha! Your dog looks hilarious. Poor thing… I mean, NO, I don’t feel bad for her at all and refuse to be fooled by that cute face. We know who is at fault here :)

  6. Awww… you can’t be mad at that face. I would love to have a dog but my family keeps disagreeing abut which one to get. Killer pound cake recipe! Another To Try recipe for sure.

  7. oh good gravy, I am starring this in my reader. it looks amazeballs.

    I just clicked on your facebook page to make sure I already like you there (I did – do!), and I learned something new! I now know what Beefalo is!


  8. Cocker spaniels are the best. I have three right now.

    Oh yeah, and the cake looks good too.

    Priorities. I has them.

  9. Sounds wonderful – I will be trying this very soon :) One question, what do you mean by mini loaf pans? This seems like enough batter etc. for 4 full sized loaf pans and the only thing I can think of for ‘mini’ is those bar-sized ones – this seems like way too much batter for that?!?

  10. I would gladly risk death for a face that cute. She is adorable!

    And well, I’ll be one step closer to cardiac arrest after I make this, lose all self control and eat it in one shot. Sigh. i’m probably better off with the dog.

  11. yum! reminds me of what I ordered for brunch yesterday: tiramisu stuffed french toast!

  12. I use Chicago Metallic Mini Loaf Pans…they run 5-3/4 by 3-1/4 by 2-1/4-inches.

  13. Looks incredible!

    And your dog is adorable :)

  14. This looks absolutely INCREDIBLE!

  15. aaaaw… with looks like that, i dont think you can stay mad at her for too long! and thats one very yummy looking cake!

  16. why do you keep torturing me with these recipes i have no time to try? i forgive you, cause you make me laugh. :)

  17. I don’t love poundcake..but this looks AMAZING. It looks so MOIST and delicious! I love your knack for taking basic desserts and giving them a twist!

  18. This looks amazing! I will definitely have to try making this one myself!

    And I love hearing stories about your crazy puppy. :)

  19. I know this sounds morbid, but my husband and I have worked out this whole scenario of what would happen if the two of us just spontaneously dropped dead. The dog would probably be very concerned and whimper and cry and pace for a while. However, we are convinced the cat would eat us and probably wouldn’t even wait until we got cold.

  20. LOL Lisa…yes, cats are harsh like that. :)

  21. An animal underfoot is guaranteed to make me crazy. Perhaps that’s why our dog is no longer with us. Love that cake!

  22. Your dog is so cute. ;)

    If I ever start liking coffee flavored desserts you will be the one to blame, Pea. This cake is absolutely fantastic.

  23. I’ve been a loyal follower for quite a few years now! And your blog is definitely my fav! Just like it’s therapeutic for you i find reading it most therapeutic. I don’t cook often but have made random sweet treats from your blog that have been sinfully awesome! I just find the way you write very entertaining! :) In contrast I have a makeup channel on youtube and though I’m absolutely addicted to watching makeup videos on youtube when it comes to blogs I’m only interested in food blogs like yours haha

    Keep the posts coming ^___^

  24. I’m a fan of yours on FB but didn’t see this post, luckily I found it on Pinterest, yum!
    Your puppy is adorable, I luckily don’t have a killer dog. Mine waits until she hears the oven door close, then she comes in to clean up the floor for me!

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  27. Your cake looks delicious and I cannot wait to give it a try. Your dog has the eyes of a serial killer! My cat tries stunts like that as well. Watch your back, (grin).

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