Strawberry Pound Cake

Typically ripe in mid to late spring, strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C and a deliciously sweet delicacy! Used in everything from muffins, to flavoring, to jams and more, they are absolutely exquisite in the Strawberry Pound Cake. Rich red and creamy white, this cake is a wonderful springtime dessert. Combining white chocolate with strawberries, cream cheese and more, Vera of 'Omg Chocolate Desserts' has created an amazing recipe with a delightful burst of springtime flavor. While not all of the recipes found on 'Omg Chocolate Desserts' are made with chocolate, most of them are. German Chocolate Brownie Cookies, Ferrero Rocher cupcakes, Chocolate Lasagna and Chocolate Turtle Clusters are among the many recipes guaranteed to please and satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate addiction. Even the Strawberry Pound Cake is infused with chocolate.

Strawberries are great survivalist and will grow almost anywhere in the world. Though the can produce fabulous crops of rich, juicy sweetness each spring, the plant's production tapers off after a few years, requiring growers to replant every couple of years ensuring plenty of sweet juicy berries. Unlike many fruits, strawberries will not continue to ripen after they are picked, therefore they are best enjoyed picked fresh and in season. Did you know that strawberries are technically the thickened part of the stem? I didn't and honestly, I'd much rather eat the fat red berries! Those little seeds on the berries....are actually a dry fruit! Say what!? Yep, that's right! They are a dry fruit and even have seeds of their own! Who knew!

What is it about chocolate that we love so much? Chocolate is without a doubt one of the most popular foods and flavors in the world, with a wide variety of food that include chocolate. Whether it be cold or hot chocolate beverages, cakes, pies, cookies, bars and puddings with chocolate, we are fans. In some countries you will find gifts made of chocolate, like the chocolate initials given at Christmas in Holland. You can find chocolate in dark, milk and white chocolate varieties that can be added to a variety of recipes to enjoy. Chocolate has been around for a long time. With the earliest evidence of chocolate use traceing back to the Mokaya of Mexico and Guatemala. There is evidence of chocolate beverages that date all the way back to 1900 BC.

Once considered to be a symbol of peace, prosperity and perfection, the strawberry's earliest use was for healing sunburns. These berries are a rich source of folic acid, fiber and potassium. Taking only 3 days to go from green to red, California is the only state in the continental USA that grows them year round, producing nearly 1 billion pounds a year! Strawberries are so revered that Belgium has dedicated a whole museum to this precious fruit. But you don't have to travel to Belgium to enjoy strawberries, you can simply don your favorite apron, pull out a bowl and spatula and whip up a perfectly delicious Strawberry Pound Cake.


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