Out of time and need a special dessert? Perhaps for your Valentine? With only 4 ingredients, this Pound Cake with Berry Sauce is super easy, presents beautifully and is berry-intense.
I used a classic pound cake for this recipe – store-bought – but you can just as easily use any white, lemon, orange or poppy-seed loaf (even a brownie would work). Or, of course, make your own.
The star of this show, though, is the berries. You may be scrunching your face, perhaps in a snobby way, saying to yourself “I only use fresh”, but I promise you, you will not know the difference. Frozen berries are perfect for sauces and jams because they are picked at the height of the season. The sauce is so deep and intense, you just want to forget the cake and eat it right out of the pot. And then there’s the no washing and hulling factor as well as the lower-cost in the winter factor. I like to use a blend of berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries). There are so many kinds available now that it’s easy to go simple or exotic.
Needless to say, you can make the sauce with fresh berries as well. And if you need to stretch the sauce for more people, you can always add some fresh berries to the sauce or as a garnish.
As far as presentation goes, just play with the design. I’ve shown one option here. There are many others. For example, you can cut the cake into cubes and spoon over the sauce then top with whipped cream. Regardless, this is an impressive, popular dessert that’s easy to make ahead and pull together in under 30 minutes. You can even bring it un-assembled as a potluck contribution.
Tailor To Your Taste
- use any cake loaf or brownie
- use any kind of berries or any combination – fresh or frozen
- optional garnishes: lemon zest, ice cream, whipped cream, fresh berries, toasted cake crumbs
Here’s another heart-shaped treat made in under 30 minutes you might like:
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