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This French Vanilla Butternut Pound Cake is a unique twist on a classic favorite. It combines the flavors of French vanilla, butter and nuts to produce a cake that is unbeatable in taste. Serve with ice cream and butterscotch topping for an extra special treat!
My dad loves to try different flavors all the time. Some of his ideas taste okay, but others just have too many flavors competing against one another. I have to give him credit though; he did invent our cinnamon roll cheesecake. That was delicious! It’s hard to get multiple flavors to work together in a way that would taste delicious. So I tried an experiment of my own. My challenge was to combine butternut flavored pound cake with Coffee-mate’s French Vanilla coffee creamer, enhancing the classic vanilla flavor.
I know kids aren’t supposed to like coffee. But with the slightly cold weather we had on vacation, I couldn’t help but try Coffee–mate’s French Vanilla coffee creamer with some decaf coffee. I found that the French vanilla creamer has a subtly sweet flavor which counteracts the boldness of coffee perfectly. Now that I’m home, I miss my coffee in the morning. But when mom asked for my birthday if I wanted to try to make a pound cake with French vanilla creamer in it, I got really excited. We always take the flavor of vanilla as boring, but to me, vanilla is calming and soothing because it’s so familiar.
One unique thing I learned about pound cake is that it bakes best when it starts in a cold oven. What does it mean to start a cake in a cold oven? It means that you don’t preheat the oven. Instead, put the cake in the oven, then set the temperature to 325 degrees and set the timer for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Why do you do this? When you start your pound cake in the oven cold, the cake will rise as the oven temperature rises. It makes an extra tall cake with a dense texture. It also gives it a nice sugary crust on the top, which I love to sneak pieces of while no one is looking.
Even though the creamer inside the cake is really good, the star attraction on this cake for me is the glaze on top. Don’t even think about skipping the glaze on this French Vanilla Butternut Pound Cake! It needs that final touch to bring it the perfect finish. And guess what? The glaze, too, has a touch of Coffee-mate creamer in it.