Grandbaby Cakes and Cinnamon Roll Poundcake

I am now deeply regretting that I was not familiar with Jocelyn Delk Adams’ blog, Grandbaby Cakes.  It’s an incredibly indulgent cake about the recipes handed down from her grandmother.  While my grandmother is from Western North Carolina rather than Mississippi, it’s definitely reminiscent of the cake recipes which have been passed down from my great-grandmother.  Jocelyn’s gift is that she manages to put a modern spin on these classic recipes.  She has chosen, in her first cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes, to focus solely on cakes.  I also appreciated that she had a clear marking system for the cakes – so whether a novice or more experienced baker, it’s clear which recipes to attempt.

What I particularly liked about this cookbook is the focus on pound cakes and coffee cakes.  Too often in the cookbooks I read, there’s a focus on very fancy, formal dessert cakes: I’m always on the lookout for cakes which would be appropriately served with coffee for a breakfast meeting.  This book is full of several recipes which would be an appropriate level of sweet, as well as iced, sugary masterpiece for evenings and special occasions.

I think it’s also worth mentioning how the popular, mainstream blog world can sometimes seem a bit whitewashed.  It’s great that Delk Adams is making sure that all baking traditions are preserved and appreciated – this a cookbook for anyone who enjoys classic Southern recipes with a modern twist.

indexCinnamon Roll Pound Cake (adapted from Grandbaby Cakes)



340g unsalted butter

500g granulated sugar

6 large eggs

300g cake flour

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

235 ml sour cream

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon Swirl:

75g unsalted butter

130g light brown sugar

1 tablespoon plain flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

IngredientsBeat the unsalted butter and mix in the granulated sugar.

Mix in the granulated sugarMix in eggs

Mix in eggsMix in sour cream and sift in dry ingredients.

Sift in dry ingredientsMix together all the ingredients for the cinnamon roll.

Mix together the cinnamon roll ingredientsPour the cake mix batter into a lined bundt tin.

Pour the cake mix batter into a lined bundt tinMix in the cinnamon roll layer.

Mix in the cinnamon roll layerBake at 150C for approximately 85-90 minutes (until you can put a knife in them and they come out clean.)

Cinnamon Roll PoundcakeI received a copy to review from Agate Publishing, but all opinions are my own!


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