Mango Pound Cake

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As stated in my previous post, we celebrated the 29th birthday of my dear friend Betty (not her real name).

 Betty was pretty much the first close (*cough cough only cough*) gal pal I made since I’ve moved to Boston, and not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars for her.  First off, she is by far one of the most interesting people on the planet:  she’s taught overseas, she’s lived in several different states, she has a super interesting job helping others, she loves to try new things (including food!), and she makes friends everywhere she goes.  She’s a knockout, a fashionista, and incredibly funny. But what makes her so amazing is her heart:  besides maybe the women I’m related to (in my incredibly biased opinion), Betty is one of the most giving, loving, will-do-anything friends I have ever met.  Maybe it’s her mid-Western upbringing, maybe she’s just wired that way.  Whatever it is, she’s amazing, and I am so lucky to have her.  Every time I have gone through something that has brought me to tears, she will drop everything and give me a shoulder and an ear.  She’s patient, she listens, she gives thoughtful advice.  She genuinely makes an effort to understand why people make insane decisions.  She doesn’t take crap from anyone though, which makes her even more awesome.  “Basic” isn’t in her vocabulary.

So, for my darling friend’s birthday, we got a close group of wonderful friends, old and new, together to, well, pig out.  We laughed, kept up on our NCAA brackets, and ate.  For about 8 hours straight.  It was fabulous.

I offered to make her dessert, and I asked what she wanted.  I was already planning to make cheesecake bites, but I wanted to also commandeer her oven when I got there to bake whatever she was craving.  Without hesistation, she texted me “pound cake.”  Since mango is her absolute favorite food, I wanted to make a new recipe, Mango Pound Cake.  And wouldn’t you know it, when I went through the baking aisle to replenish a couple of my staples, I found this:

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Wasn’t even looking for frosting!  I came across an entire display of mango goodness.  I had to do it.  I would have kicked myself if I didn’t!  Of course, I used a fresh mango as well, but I gotta tell you, everyone went crazy over this frosting.  I recommend it.  Betty-approved 🙂


Materials:

  • loaf pan or bundt pan
  • two large mixing bowls
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • mixer or whisk
  • cooking spray
  • spatula

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 c buttermilk*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1/2 fresh mango, peeled and diced
  • optional:  frosting, powdered sugar, melted chocolate, or whipped cream for a topping!

*If you do not have buttermilk at home, add 1T white vinegar to your 1/4 c of regular milk, and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease your pan well with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  Set aside.    FullSizeRender (23)
  3. Using a mixer or whisk, beat butter and sugar until creamy.FullSizeRender (27)
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  5. Mix in flour and milk a third at a time, alternating and mixing.IMG_4096
  6. Add vanilla and mango and mix with a spatula.FullSizeRender (24)
  7. Pour batter into pan.  Bake for about 55 minutes, or until completely cooked through (insert a toothpick and pull out clean), with the top turning golden-brown.FullSizeRender (25)
  8. Serve with desired topping (frosting, icing, chocolate, powdered sugar, whipped cream), or by itself!

Mango Pound Cake

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

  • loaf pan or bundt pan
  • two large mixing bowls
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • mixer or whisk
  • cooking spray
  • spatula

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 c buttermilk*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1/2 fresh mango, peeled and diced
  • optional:  frosting, powdered sugar, melted chocolate, or whipped cream for a topping!

*If you do not have buttermilk at home, add 1T white vinegar to your 1/4 c of regular milk, and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease your pan well with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer or whisk, beat butter and sugar until creamy.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  5. Mix in flour and milk a third at a time, alternating and mixing.
  6. Add vanilla and mango and mix with a spatula.
  7. Pour batter into pan.  Bake for about 55 minutes, or until completely cooked through (insert a toothpick and pull out clean), with the top turning golden-brown.
  8. Serve with desired topping (frosting, icing, chocolate, powdered sugar, whipped cream), or by itself!

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