Sliced pound cake

Enhance the Flavor of Store-Bought Pound Cake on the Grill

Pound cake is beloved for its versatility. You can really eat it at any time of day, and there are more ways to serve it than you can count on both hands. It doesn’t even have to be homemade. Store-bought pound cake can actually be even better in some cases. In fact, if you are looking for an easy dessert or a delicious weekend breakfast, you may want to grill up your next store-bought pound cake to add a new depth of flavor.

Pound cake is comprised of a pound of each ingredient used to make it — flour, butter, eggs, and sugar — and the result has a wonderful, sweet flavor. However, when you make grilled pound cake, a smoky element is added and the outer texture becomes crisp and golden. All you need to do is butter each side of the sliced pound cake and place it on grates above medium, indirect heat. Allow it to cook for a minute or two per side, and you will have a toasty dessert that can be customized in so many ways.

Break out the berries, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream

Whipped cream and berries on pound cake

If you find yourself left with week-old Sara Lee or Entenmann’s pound cake, grilling it is a great way to breathe new life into a dessert cake that is about to go stale. If you don’t have a grill, or if it’s too cold outside to fire up your gas grill, then you can always use a cast iron grill pan to get those lovely grate marks instead.

But, that’s not the best part of bringing a store-bought pound cake to new flavor heights. Anything that you use to dress up regular pound cake tastes even better on this grilled version. Chop up some of your favorite berries or seasonal fruit, drizzle a little chocolate or raspberry sauce over it, top it with whipped cream, and you have a dessert fit for a dinner party. These sweet additions will complement the smoky taste and will add flavorful layers to your cake.

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