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Did you know that March 4 is National Pound Cake Day? No? Well, it may be too late to send out cards and decorate your house, but there’s plenty of time to bake a pound cake! Here’s a scrumdiddlyumptious recipe I plucked from The Montana Cookbook,* one of the 2,436 entries listed on the SDSU Library’s book catalog when you type in “cooking” under “subject”:

    Chocolate Pound Cake

    1 (4 oz.) package German sweet chocolate
    2 cups sugar
    1 cup butter
    4 eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla
    1 cup buttermilk
    3 cups sifted flour
    ¼ tsp. baking soda
    ½ tsp. salt

    1 (4 oz.) package German sweet chocolate
    1 tbs. shortening
    ¼ cup water
    1 cup powdered sugar
    Dash of salt
    ½ tsp. vanilla

    To make cake: Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler. Cool and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add buttermilk and flour mixture to creamed mixture. Mix well. Stir in chocolate until well-blended. Pour batter into a well-greased and floured 9-inch tube pan or bundt pan. Bake 1-1/2 hours at 300 degrees. Remove from pan immediately and wrap in foil until cool.

    To make glaze: Melt chocolate and shortening over low heat. Combine sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Gradually stir in melted chocolate. Add vanilla and blend well. For a thinner glaze, add a small amount of water. Drizzle over cake. Serves 12-16.

Here’s fair warning: there are more national food days on the horizon this month. We have shelves of cookbooks on the 5th floor of Love Library if you want to get a jump on the festivities. Here’s what’s coming up in March:

    7th – National Crown Roast of Pork Day
    14th – National Potato Chip Day
    19th – Poultry Day
    23rd – National Chip & Dip Day
    24th – National Chocolate-Covered Raisins Day
    25th – Waffle Day
    28th – Something On A Stick Day
    31st – National Clams On The Half Shell Day

Bon appetit!

*The Montana Cookbook also has a recipe for Jellied Moose Nose. I kid you not. I think that would be the perfect dish to take to your next family potluck!


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