Today is National Pound Cake Day. Yes, an entire day dedicated to pound cake. We’re so on board. Pound cake by itself is pretty simple and classic (not bad qualities). But it’s also the perfect base for easy-but-impressive desserts. Find it in the bakery or frozen section of your local grocery store or make your own. Then get creative with these five show-stopping sweets. You might just want to skip the main course all together – they’re that good.
1. Create Adorable Mini Cakes
These lovely little bites look like they came from a fancy bakery, but you can easily assemble them at home with a frozen pound cake and a simple filling made with Wisconsin ricotta cheese, cinnamon and orange zest. Optional: eating with your pinkies out.
2. Try a Trifle
For a dessert table stunner, combine slices of frozen pound cake with vanilla pudding and lots of fresh berries.
3. Dip in a Fruity Fondue
The star: dessert fondue made with white chocolate, raspberry and Wisconsin mascarpone cheese. The supporting players: fresh berries, marshmallows and cubed pound cake. This one’s sure to be a box office hit.
4. Three Words: Dessert Cheese Course
Take a cue from trendy restaurant menus and serve cheese for dessert! Lightly grill slices of pound cake with Wisconsin camembert and cherries, and serve with honey. Not quite grilling season? Use a grill pan or cast iron skillet to toast the pound cake and warm the cheese. You can also swap cherry preserves for the fresh cherries and honey.
5. Make Your Own (We’ve Got the Secret Ingredient)
Homemade pound cake is so easy to make, but always impresses. Win, win! Wisconsin ricotta makes this maple-glazed version extra moist – an instant favorite.