Mini Orange Pound Cakes + New Blog Design!

Welcome to the newly redesigned Confessions of a Chocoholic!

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Today I’m very happy to publish the blog with improved and revamped aesthetics.  I’ve had the same blog design for a few years now, and I’ve been wanting a fresh new look for a while, so this is a very proud moment as it has been in the works for a few months. The basic functionalities and structure are pretty much the same, and the Recipes, Restaurant, and Travel pages are more organized (and better-looking).

Right now I’m still not 100% done with re-categorizing all of the posts, so please bear with me for the next few weeks as I clean up the archives. If you’re trying to find something and having trouble with it, just shoot me an email (or a Facebook message, Twitter DM, a contact form, whatever you prefer) and I’ll hunt it down for you.

Ideally, I would like to celebrate a momentous occasion like this with cake, but admittedly I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had the time to bake, assemble, frost, and dedicate myself to an indulgent celebration cake. I did, however, cobble together an easy and delightful little treat: Mini Orange Pound Cakes with Orange Rum Syrup. It involves sour cream, orange marmalade, and rum, and it might just be the perfect weekend breakfast treat… or midnight snack.

These little cakes are dense and soft, thanks to the eggs and sour cream in the recipe. Each cake is perfumed with orange zest, and amped up by a sweet orange and rum syrup. (I thought about calling it a glaze, but it’s not thick enough, and it really is sweet like syrup.) It’s okay if you want to omit the rum (or the syrup altogether) but I urge you not to, because it takes these little cakes from yum to YUM! The alcohol taste is minimal, but it adds a certain warmth and spice to the cakes.

The recipe will make three little cakes in mini loaf pans (5×3 in) but I’ve also tried using an 8×8 square baking pan with success (you’ll just need to increase baking time by about 10-15 minutes). These mini pound cakes are the perfect size for gifting, and also for stashing in your fridge/freezer for guests. They taste great warm, but I do prefer them cold the next day, after the syrup has permeated the tops and each slice is brimming with bright orange flavor and the sweet warmth of rum.

In hindsight, these mini cakes are much better suited for the unveiling of my new blog redesign than an elaborate, multi-step layer cake. These mini loaves are more approachable, require simple ingredients, and aren’t too fussy (plus, rum is involved). Each slice is bright and sweet, and – if I am not mistaken that you guys and I have similar sensibilities – each little slice will make you smile and leave you wanting more.

Yield: 3 mini cakes

Mini Orange Pound Cakes with Orange Rum Syrup

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Orange Rum Syrup

  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter and flour three mini loaf pans, set aside.
  3. Make the cakes. In a big mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, and sour cream together until light and fluffy. Add eggs separately, beating thoroughly after each. Add vanilla, orange zest, and salt. Gradually add in flour, mixing just until incorporated. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. Pour into a loaf pans and bake for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean. Let cool in pans for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Make the syrup. In a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture slightly thickens, about 10 minutes.
  6. Using a toothpick, poke holes in pound cakes. Divide syrup equally into three and pour over tops. Pound cakes can be served immediately but I prefer chilling overnight (covered tightly with plastic wrap) and serving the next day.

I’m so happy with the blog’s new look – I like thinking that it’s evolving with me, so now it looks a little bit more polished but still feminine. I hope you guys like it, too!  A giant thank you goes out to Lindsay of Purr Design, who listened to everything I wanted and more. She is super easy to work with and I highly recommend Purr for those of you looking to improve your blog. Let me know if you have any questions – about the blog, about pound cake, or about other recipes with rum.

   

63 Responses to “Mini Orange Pound Cakes + New Blog Design!”

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    Michelle posted March 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Bianca, it’s been awhile since I commented on your blog but I had to check out the new redesign. It looks great! xo

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks, sweetie! Miss you! xo

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted March 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Love the new logo and design, the site is so pretty!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Lauren!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti posted March 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    LOVE the new design. It’s so feminine and pretty :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Yay that’s the look I was going for!

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    Michelle Lahey posted March 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    LOVE the new blog design! Looks beautiful!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted March 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Love the new design and I adore these orange pound cakes! Who has time for layer cakes anyways?

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks, Nicole :) Haha yes right now I’d rather spend my time eating layer cakes instead of making it!

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    Megan posted March 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Love it!!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks, Megan :)

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    Shannon posted March 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    makes me long for a new design! looks almost as great as these little pound cakes ;)

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Hehe thanks, Shannon. It was a lot of work but definitely worth it!

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    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal posted March 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Wow, such a delicious looking pound cake. I love the flaor combination. And your blog is adorable!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks, Kammie! Yes, orange and rum do go very well together :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted March 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I LOVE the new design! Gorgeous! These bright rummy cakes are the prefect first recipe. So cheery AND they have booze. Hello party!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you :) Yes, they would be perfect for parties!

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    Megan posted March 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I love the new design. It’s a gorgeous! I’m so indecisive about mine but really want to do a redesign at some point. And you know I love these mini pound cakes!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      I know, it is a big commitment. But hopefully the end result is worth all the indecisiveness!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen posted March 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Love these sweet orange pound cakes, Bianca! And, I always love Lindsay’s work by Purr Design. You are one lucky girl! I just love it! And, you know me…I just adore scalloped borders (I have one, too!). Congrats with the new look! xo

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 6th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you, Stacy! Looks like you and I both have the same great taste ;)

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    Patty posted March 7, 2014 at 1:01 am

    The new design looks so pretty!! :) I love the lace details on the sides. I also love this cake. Will try to find time this weekend to make it! I miss you!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 7th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks, Pats. I made the same cake when I was there, but using boxed yellow cake and cream cheese! Almost like my test recipe for making this from scratch hehe

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes posted March 7, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Love the new look of your blog!!! Very impressive!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 7th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Aww thank Ashley!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted March 7, 2014 at 2:35 am

    EEP I adore your gorgeous blog :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 7th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Aww thank you my friend!

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    Kathryn posted March 7, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Love the new design Bianca!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 7th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you, Kathryn!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted March 7, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Love the new blog design – Looks fantastic!

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    Ashley posted March 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Beautiful new blog design, Bianca! Congrats!
    And those mini pound cakes look delicious! I have a few too many jars of jams in the fridge and I think the syrup is going to be my new best friend!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 7th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you, Ashley! Aahhh that syrup is so good, I hope you make it soon!

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    Melanie @ Bon Appét'Eat posted March 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I love the design, very fresh and simple! Congrats! As a blogger, it is very exiting and rewarding!
    Love the pound cakes too :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 7th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks, Melanie. I’m pretty proud of the new design – and the mini pound cakes! :)

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    Molly Galler posted March 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Congrats, Bianca! The new look is gorgeous. Love the “print” function for all your great recipes. Look forward to continuing to read in the new revamped version.

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 7th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you, Molly, I appreciate that!

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    Kim posted March 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    The site looks great! And I practically drooled on my screen looking at those scrumptious orange cakes. Yum and congrats!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 7th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Kim! Have a great weekend ahead!

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    whatjessicabakednext posted March 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

    This looks divine! Definitely need to give the recipe a go! :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 8th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks, girl! Enjoy the weekend!

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    Sacha posted March 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    The new design fits your blog’s personality perfectly. Way to go! It’s always appropriate to celebrate with cake—not just fancy layer cakes but the kind you actually want to eat.

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 10th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you, I’m happy to hear you think it’s a perfect fit! :)

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    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com posted March 8, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Wow!! THese look amazingly delicious! YUM! I hope that you have a great rest of your weekend!! :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 10th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Cailee! I gave away the last pound cake and kinda wish I saved some for the weekend haha. Enjoy your week!

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    Chelsea posted March 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Gorgeous new blog design – I love it! Everything is so cute :) Also these orange pound cakes look AMAZING!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 10th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Chelsea :) The pound cakes were a big hit with my family and friends!

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    Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark posted March 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Blog looks wonderful–love the new design!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 10th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Tiffany! Have a great week!

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    grace posted March 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    great new design, i like it! i need a revamp, but i’m too lazy to attempt it. great pound cake too!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 11th, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, Grace. I hired a designer but it still took (and is still taking) me a lot of work!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted March 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Yummy! Citrus fruits make me thing of summer! I think the blog design looks great too!

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    Meghan posted March 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I’m so behind this week, but I just have to say I LOVE your new design! It is so much fun!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 12th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Aww thanks Meghan!

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    Joanne posted March 12, 2014 at 7:27 am

    The new site is gorgeous! It looks so clean, and I love the color scheme!!

    Who needs a crazy cake when there are these citrus-fresh loaf cakes to be eaten!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 12th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks, Joanne! Yay for pink – and cake!

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    Sarah & Arkadi posted March 12, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    great pound cake! and love the new design! good for you!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted March 13, 2014 at 6:43 am

    These orange pound cakes look tasty! I love good citrus this time of year. I like the new deisgn as well.

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    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling posted March 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

    These cakes look delicious, Bianca! I love pound cake and the orange flavor! Thanks so much for sharing at SNF…and congrats on the new blog design!

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted March 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Great new blog design! I love the sound of this cake! Rum in the syrup is genius!

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    Hannah posted March 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Beautiful blog design and cakes, too! I’ve been meaning to re-design my own blog for years now, but just can’t get any concepts off the ground. Your results are certainly inspiring… I just wish I was savvy enough to do anything as impressive.

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    the Squishy Monster posted March 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    What a way to punctuate such a glorious new design! Love the look and these pretty little pound cakes!!

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