Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake

When you're hosting a themed potluck sometimes it can be easy to stray from the theme for the dessert portion of the meal. On Saturday night we planned a Mexican potluck and when no one claimed making the dessert I set off to find one that would be the perfect festive end to the evening! After Patrick vetoed dulce de leche brownies I quickly turned to finding a Mexican chocolate dessert. Mexican chocolate is basically cinnamon chocolate so not too odd. This Mexican chocolate pound cake fit the bill and tasted great! It was slightly on the dry side so serve with a dollop of whipped cream or extra chocolate sauce.

Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake from Southern Living
   Makes 16 servings
8-oz semisweet chocolate baking squares, chopped*
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk

   Preheat oven to 325°. Microwave chocolate baking squares in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute and 15 seconds or until chocolate is melted and smooth, stirring at 15-second intervals. Alternately melt the chocolate in a double boiler (which is what we did). Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate, chocolate syrup, and vanilla until smooth.
   Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch (14-cup) tube pan.
   Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and let cool completely (about 1 hour and 30 minutes). Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Be on the lookout for this Mexican potluck post!

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