Grilled Pound Cake

You might have done a double take, but no, you read correctly. This is a recipe for grilled pound cake.

overhead of grilled pound cake with pecans, whipped cream and caramel sauce


 

The premise is quite simple, throw a few slices of pound cake on the grill, let them heat up and develop char marks and then top with anything you wish!

Why Grill Cake?

I could say why not, but there are actually two pretty good reasons.

The first is for old pound cake. Not so old that it borders on unsafe to eat, but old enough that it isn’t moist anymore.

Heating it, regardless of the method, softens butter and reactivates gluten. For a short period of time, your aging pound cake will taste new. The same concept as Pound Cake French Toast.

close up of grilled cake with toppings

The second is that it creates textural variety and the Maillard reaction. Those char marks aren’t just pretty, they are chemically changing the flavor too. A little crunch on the outside with layers of sophistication on the inside.

This makes the most mundane of pound cakes into a gourmet meal.

Pound Cake Toppings

You can top grilled pound cake with just about anything you’d top fresh cake slices with. My only words of wisdom are to wait until after it is grilled and know that any cakes with a glaze for frosting, will melt or burn a little.

caramel drizzling onto cake

This isn’t a bad thing, it is just something to be aware of. Add anything with sugar after grilling.

fork digging into pound cake slices

Type of Cake

Pound cake is especially good for grilling because it is, by nature, denser and thicker than a traditional sheet cake, which would just fall apart. It needs to be hearty to not just fall through the cracks.

overhead of cake on a white plate with fresh peaches

What flavor you use is totally up to you! This recipe is great for just heating up a few slices of leftover bundt cake, but also for loaf cake. You can buy premade Entenmann’s or make your own for just this purpose.

I prefer to use a vanilla flavored cake- whether it is my classic vanilla pound cake or sour cream pound cake. But feel free to use other flavor combinations like:

sliced cake with toppings and fruit

Grilling

So what are the logistics of how to grill pound cake? Simple- preheat the grill to high heat.

Oil the grates you plan to use on direct heat. Place 1-2 inch slices of pound cake at an angle on the grates (so they don’t fall through). Using a thicker slice is actually better in this case. I also highly recommend using a serrated knife, there is less likelihood of your piece falling apart.

pound cake slices on a grill

Let them sit there for 2-3 minutes on each side. Don’t fidget with them or move them, otherwise the char marks won’t come through properly.

Have your toppings ready to go, garnish and plate and then serve and listen for all the rave reviews to start pouring in! It is seriously that easy (and super impressive).

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    grilled pound cake on a white plate

    Grilled Pound Cake

    4.43 from 7 votes
    This grilled pound cake recipe makes any pound cake into a gourmet dessert in less than 10 minutes! Top with fruit, sauces, fudge, caramel or whipped cream!
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 8

    Equipment

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Preheat grill to high heat. Oil grates over direct heat.
    • Place slices on the grates at an angle so they don’t fall through and will have diagonal lines.
    • Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes.
    • Remove and top immediately with caramel sauce, toasted pecans, peach slices and powdered sugar. Serve warm.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

    Notes

    Change topping to complement the flavor of pound cake you use!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 237 kcal, Carbohydrates: 46 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 39 mg, Sodium: 300 mg, Potassium: 157 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 17 g, Vitamin A: 205 IU, Vitamin C: 2 mg, Calcium: 48 mg, Iron: 1 mg
    Author: Jessica Formicola
    Calories: 237
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: grilled pound cake
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About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    This was amazing! Never would have thought to grill a pound cake, but it makes for the perfect summer dessert!