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Chocolate Pound Cake Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache

It all started with this chocolate pound cake I made:

…which I over-baked {palm to the head} and completely dried out. 
There’s a very slim possibility I just didn’t use a very good recipe, but it seems much more likely that (as a chronic over-baker) it’s my fault.

On second thought, let’s just assume that it was a bad recipe.
So I was left with 3/4 of a dry and (dare I confess it?) slightly burnt chocolate pound cake smothered in a deliciously decadent chocolate butterscotch ganache that nobody was going to eat. 
The clear answer to my dilemma was bread pudding. 
I hate bread pudding. 
I’m not sure what I was thinking. But I’m glad it happened. :)
You’re going to love this. 
The only problem is that this is a recipe meant for leftovers, but– trust me on this– it’s totally worth baking a cake from scratch just to cut up for bread pudding. I wouldn’t lie about this.

So here we go. Let’s start with a picture for motivation:

Step 1: bake a chocolate pound cake. I won’t make a recipe recommendation here– just in case the recipe really wasn’t that great (not that I really gave it a much of a chance).

Step 2: make your chocolate butterscotch ganache** and pour 1/2 over baked pound cake. Let cool.

Chocolate Butterscotch Ganache

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips

1. Mix chips and whipping cream in a bowl, until chips are thoroughly coated.
2. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring after.
3. Microwave at 30 second increments, stirring each time, until melted and smooth.
*if you want a thicker ganache (which I like) add 1/8 cup butterscotch chips at a time until you’ve reached your desired consistency (you may have to do some additional microwaving).

Step 3: Cut up cake into bite sized chunks and place in a well greased 9×13 baking dish.

Step 4: Whisk together 4 eggs and 2 cups of milk (remember I was using 3/4 of a cake, for a whole cake you should probably up it to 6 eggs and 3 cups of milk) and pour egg mixture over the cake. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.


Step 5: Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes (you’ll have to adjust the baking time some depending on if you’re using part of a leftover cake or a whole cake),

Step 6: Pour remaining ganache over the baked bread pudding. Serve warm with a gigantic dollop of whipped cream.

Step 7 should look something like this:

**Alternative shortcut to the ganache: use any kind of chocolate syrup, hot fudge sauce, or caramel sauce.
   

13 Responses to “Chocolate Pound Cake Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache”

  1. Joy @ Joy Of Desserts posted on May 23, 2011 at 11:56 am (#)

    You have come up with a great solution. Even the most famous chefs have had a flop at one time or another, so don’t let it bother you.

  2. AmberFaith posted on May 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm (#)

    Hello! Newest follower from the Give It To Me Monday blog hop! Would love for you to stop by and follow back, whenever you get a chance. Have a great week! (:

    Amber
    http://beautifullybellafaith.blogspot.com

  3. Jacqueline posted on May 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm (#)

    You missed a few crumbs! I would be willing to finish licking the plate. Wow, fantastic and what a great way to use up that cake. The ganache sounds killer too. Overbake a few more cakes and send one my way!

  4. Chad and Mary Beth posted on May 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm (#)

    OMGosh.. chocolate and butterscotch.. YUMMMMMYY!!! This sounds great. And LOL and the above comment – mising a few crumbs.

    Thanks for sharing. Found you from Lil’ Luna

    Would love if you would join our 1st linky party at http://www.nothingbutcountry.com we want to feature favorites each week on tuesday and would love if you would participate too. :)

  5. Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts posted on May 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm (#)

    @Chad and Mary Beth– you got it, I’ll be there!

  6. Desi posted on May 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm (#)

    Wow I saw this linked over at Recipe Swap Thursday, I love butterscotch, that ganache looks amazing! I checked out your blog and it is too cute! And I can’t wait to whip up a dessert for your linky party! I am your newest follower :)

    Check out my blog and follow back if you like!

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com

  7. Divvy Up Diva posted on May 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing! This looks super yummy and chocolatey! I am stopping by from the Strut Your Stuff Link Party. I am your newest follower and cannot wait to read more:) I would love to have you stop by my blog when you have a chance!
    http://www.divvyupdiva.com

  8. {nifty thrifty things} posted on May 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm (#)

    Great turn out! :) It looks so yummy!
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

  9. Kim McCallie posted on May 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm (#)

    This looks so rich and delicious! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday!

  10. Connie @ Measured by the Heart posted on May 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm (#)

    Oh my you should not have posted that because now I am going to have to make it!! I am coming to you from I heart naptime and happy to be your newest follower!! Please stop by for book club if you’re interested–connie, measuredbytheheart.com

  11. Lisa posted on June 2, 2011 at 3:43 am (#)

    Oh that is an indulgence of the best kind. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  12. SpicyBrowngirl posted on February 8, 2012 at 12:51 am (#)

    I bet we made chocolate pound cake from the same “bad” recipe! This was my 4th time making the pound cake and it’s always hit and miss. But, now I cannot wait to ‘breadpudding-ize” my cake leftovers–with your help! I wish I had more cake to work with, but I shamelessly cut up large slices for people to take home! I was still under the delusion that my dry cake was the dessert that legends are made of! What’s funny is I’m a bread pudding hater, too, but I think I’m going to love this–Thanks so much for posting!

  13. Dawn Clabbers posted on December 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm (#)

    Hey there! Couldn’t have asked for a better way of rescuing my “accident”. I baked a stump de Noel and covered it with chocolate ganache and all the trimmings, meringue mushrooms and fondant holly leaves and berries and all that stuff; however, I knew I’d over-baked this heavy chocolate pound-type cake. After all the “ooohs and ahhhs,” I was dreading that first cut into the cake. As suspected, it was dry and not worth the calories. This morning I surfed about for exactly what you suggested. Thank you!!! I really detest waste!

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