Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Espresso Cream Frosting

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a in a Nespresso taste testing hosted by Zagat with the special guest host Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef! We tried three different espresso flavors and Padma pointed out their culinary compliments and distinct features.

As one of the participants in the testing, I got an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Nespresso machine that I’m now completely obsessed with.  No lie, I use it every..single..day.  I’ve made everything from lattes to cappuccinos and, naturally, I’m now incorporating it into my baking.

Pound cake is one of my personal favorites and I think using brown sugar instead of regular white sugar really compliments the espresso flavors in the cake and frosting.  Like I said, I’m kind of obsessed with my Nespresso machine so you may see a lot of  “espresso-themed” desserts coming your way.  Get excited.

*Useless Note: This one smelled EXTRA amazing while it was baking so…enjoy 🙂

Ingredients: 

For Cake:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (2.5 sticks) butter, softened
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon brewed espresso (I used the Indriya blend with my Nespresso machine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For Icing:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 teaspoons brewed espresso (I used the Indriya blend with my Nespresso machine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan
  3. Beat together sugar and butter until creamy
  4. Beat in eggs, espresso and vanilla
  5. Gradually add in flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour into baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  7. Let the cake cool completely before removing from pan.

For Frosting:

  1. Melt butter over medium heat, add sugar
  2. Add in milk.  Mix until smooth.  Bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. In a mixer, combine liquid mixture with powdered sugar, vanilla and espresso.
  5. Keep mixing until light and fluffy.
  6. Cover cake with frosting.
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Product Review: Arctic Zero

A healthy alternative…because like I always say, we can’t stuff our faces with butter and sugar ALL the time.

Contrary to how it may appear from some of my recent recipe postings (ahem..Birthday Cake Oreo Funfetti Cheesecake), I do try to keep a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Instead of indulging in something every day, I like to treat myself to something decadent once or twice a week. In theory, this is great. In reality, most nights at around 9 my sweet tooth kicks in with a vengeance.  I picked up a pint of Arctic Zero several weeks ago at Whole Foods because I honestly didn’t believe the pint could have only 150 calories and I figured it was worth a try.

How they managed to make the entire pint so low in calories and carbs but keeping a rich flavor is beyond me.  I don’t care how they did it, all I know is that I will have this stocked in my freezer 24/7.

Find locations where Arctic Zero is sold near you here.

These little babies are now a staple in my house and will be my go-to dessert when I get that sugar itch.  My favorite flavor is Vanilla Maple 🙂

Try it out and let me know what your favorite flavor is!

150 Calorie Pints

The Best Cupcakes In NYC: Crumbs Bake Shop

It’s really not normal how delicious these cupcakes are.

Let me tell you why these are my favorite cupcakes in NYC:

  1. They’re HUGE. Crumbs offers a “Signature” size that is a whole lotta cupcake.  If I’m gonna eat a cupcake, I’m going to eat a damn cupcake! GO BIG OR GO HOME.
  2. They’re not stingy on the icing.  I’m not trying to eat a muffin, I want a CUPCAKE so there needs to be icing in every bite.
  3. There are so many choicesssssss (Peanut Butter Cup is my favorite)

Peanut Butter Cup

Red Velvet

Brownie

White Hot Chocolate

S'mores

Crumbs has a good amount of locations in NYC and LA, as well as a number of other locations scattered throughout the country.  Find one near you OR order some online here.  You won’t regret it.