Friday, June 18, 2010

Nicknames and Dogs

Day 169.

How many names does your dog (cat, ferret, gerbil, toad, parrot, gecko, turtle) have?

My Chihuahua's name is Diego. But he answers to Diego, Digger, Digger Do, Lil Cheech, Yowie Wowie, Angel Food Cake, Do Dah Day, and Pound Cake.

Pound Cake was a result of weight gain, so we could no longer call him Angel Food Cake. He gets called Pound Cake when his weight is too high, and Angel Food Cake when he loses his exess. And sometimes he gets called Angel Pound Cake.

He was a stray, too, so Pound Cake has a dual meaning.

Today, I was puttering in the kitchen, trying to decide on a dessert for tonight. I decided to make a pound cake. I told my husband.

And Diego came running.

Does anyone else give their pets more than one name, or is it just my nutty crew?

Enjoy dessert!

Chocolate Pecan Pound Cake

What You Need:
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (full fat is better for the cake, but use what you have)
How it's Done:
  1. Grease and flour a Bundt pan. Sprinkle the pecans evenly over the bottom of the pan. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between additions. Add the vanilla extract.
  5. Now, alternate adding in the yogurt and the flour mixture. Beat well, scraping the bowl down as you do.
  6. Pour batter over the nuts in the Bundt pan.
  7. Bake until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. This can take anywhere from 70 to 90 minutes.
  8. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes or so before inverting onto a plate.
  9. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar, or make a glaze with milk and powdered sugar to drizzle on top.


kayni said...

yummy, i so want a slice of that cake, please :)

Samara Link said...

And a beautiful pound cake it is. But how, oh how, could you post all that about your pup and not post a photo of him? I wanna see. :) But I'm partial to the four legged variety. Oh, and no, you're not the only ones. We too have a million names for ours. Our cat, Oliver, has the fewest nick names, but even he has half a dozen or so. I'm not totally sure they come to all of them though like Pound Cake (love the dual meaning) does! Cute story.

Andrea said...

Pound cake! Love the dog name and story and love the cake :) It looks really good, like turtles meet pound cake, a delicious union indeed :)

My dogs have lots of names too. Yeti is Girl, Girl dog, Friend, Friendly, Legasse and Dog. Floyd is Floydian Boydian, Boy dog, big idiot, Floydie Boydie boy dog. His are less fun LOL

Jenn said...

I love pound cake.. this one looks so yummy!
Not only do my cats all have at least half a dozen nicknames, but so does Chris!! :)

Michelle J said...

Our chickens are all intermittently called dingbat and chickie-wicken, but only Anabel has earned the title of Chunky Monkey.

Our turtle, Bob doesn't "answer" to anything, so we mostly just refer to him as Bob, Bobert or Bob-O.

BTW - The cake looks GOOD. :)

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