the pound cake my cat won’t stop ravaging

I went on the blind assumption that my Felix Darcy was a true gentleman. I fashioned him in an ascot and coat tails, and only the finest in tuna would do for this feline, until I woke two days ago, and came home today, to a ravaged pound cake. In my absence, this feline tore through a plastic wrap, tin foil and two plastic bags, and had his way with my breakfast cake. I checked his paws for evidence, but my Felix was clean, apoplectic, because CLEARLY a gentlemen such as he wouldn’t trouble himself with some plebeian buttercake.

Screen Shot 2013-08-31 at 3.40.20 PMUntil I found crumbs on his favorite toy. HEATHEN.

By way of evangelism, I give you Exhibit A (see left): The cake my kitty can’t live without. There’s a texture to this which reminds me of cornbread, but you’ll love the buttery cake, the explosion of slightly tart blueberries, and the dreamy sweetness that only coconut can deliver.

I’m spending this weekend gearing up for a very busy week, which includes multiple calls to the west coast, a new consulting project, a wedding, and lots of writing. The calm before the proverbial storm, as it were.

Status of cake: in bin, resting in peace.

INGREDIENTS: Blueberry Coconut Pound Cake
2 sticks {1/2 cup butter}, softened
1 cup cane sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk {you can use whole or almond}
1/2 cup blueberries
1/3 cup coconut sweetened flakes

Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9×5 tin. Cream the butter + sugar in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment for approximately five minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the beaten eggs and mix to combine. The batter will look curdled — don’t worry, it’ll come together nicely once the flour mixture is incorporated.

In a medium bowl sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk in three batches, starting and ending with the flour. For each batch, you’ll want to ensure that the milk or flour mixture is fully incorporated into the dough before you add your next batch.

Fold in the blueberries and coconut flakes, and add the mixture to the tin. Even out the batter with an offset spatula, and bake for 45-50 minutes, rotating the cake half-way through. You want a golden top, and a cake tester to come out clean.

Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before you turn the cake out onto a rack to completely cool. Serve with jam.


2 thoughts on “the pound cake my cat won’t stop ravaging

  1. I had placed a loaf of banana bread on the back of the stove to cool, and went outside to do yard work. The next day I realized that I had not packed it and it was gone. Found the pan in the living room. My Gus, my pit bull-black lab, must have gotten it down and pushed it or carried it into the living room to eat! Funny!


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