When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I couldn’t get over how cute it was and knew I had to make it. A pound cake with a surprise pumpkin in the middle… that’s just as festively fall as the orange pepper pumpkins I made the other week! I started rummaging through the cookie cutter drawer in my kitchen and before I found a pumpkin cutter, I saw one in the shape of a pig, and then it dawned on me: What if I did a blue pig in the center instead of an orange pumpkin?
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, there’s a restaurant in my favorite Victorian beach town, Cape May, NJ called The Blue Pig Tavern. It resides inside of my favorite hotels on the island, the bold and stunning Congress Hall. My family and I go to Cape May several times throughout the year, and every time we go, I suggest eating at the Blue Pig. After we enjoy their amazingly fresh and tasty food, we always take a walk outside the hotel and inside through the shops. Congress Hall’s gift shop carries a ton of Blue Pig related items from t-shirts, to key-chains, to stuffed pigs, to pig ornaments. All of these items feature the restaurant’s “mascot” a cute, turquoise-blue colored pig.
I thought that it would be just precious to make a cake in honor of one of my favorite places in one of my favorite towns! It also just so happens that I’m leaving today to go up to Cape May for the weekend! I couldn’t be more excited… there’s nothing more beautiful than a beach town in the fall! Hopefully the getaway will include a trip to the Blue Pig!
If you want to try out this complicated looking, but easy to make desert, then keep on readin’!
Here’s what you’ll need:
*Fun fact: This pound cake recipe comes from a sweet lady that I’ve known my entire life who is such a special member of my church family!
- 3 cups sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 3 sticks butter
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- Dash salt
Some additions I made were blue food coloring for the blue pig inside, and for a lemon glaze on top, is used the zest and juice from 1/2 of a lemon and about a half a cup of powdered sugar and water.
Step 1: Prepare your two cake pans. One will be for the blue cake that you will bake first, and the other will be for when your pour the other half of the batter over the blue one. Grease pans and sprinkle with flour.
Step 2: In a mixer, combine the dry ingredients: the sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder.
Step 3: Add your butter and mix in.
Step 4: Add in your vanilla and lemon extract.
Step 5: Add in your eggs one at a time. Beat after each egg.
Step 6: Now that the batter is done, divide it in half and place halves in separate bowls. In one of the bowls, mix in as much blue food coloring until you get your desired shade. This took about 30 drops of food coloring for me.
Step 7: With the other half of the batter still set aside, pour blue batter into a loaf pan and bake in the oven at 325 for about 40 minutes. You aren’t going to want to bake this for too long, because it will be baked a second time. It’s fine if it is a little raw in spots. It just needs to be firm enough that you can cut out shapes. After the cake is baked, wait till it is completely cool before you begin slicing. After it has cooled, take your cookie cutter, and cut slices that are the same width as the cutter.
Step 8: Take your cookie cutter, and gently begin cutting out pig shapes. Take excess cake and set aside for another recipe, or snacking while you make this one! 🙂
Step 9: Once all of your pigs are cut out, you should have something that looks like this. Again, it is okay if they look a little doughy in spots since they will be baked again.
Step 10: Line your piggies up in a loaf pan, making sure they are all going the same direction.
Step 11: Take other half of batter that you set aside earlier and pour over top of the pigs, making sure they are completely covered on top and on the sides.
Step 11: Bake cake at 325 for 60 minutes, checking every couple minutes after by poking the middle to make sure it is completely done all the way through. After cake is done, remove from the oven and set aside to cool. I put mine in the fridge overnight. Now that it is completely cooled, you can top it with this optional lemon glaze. I used about 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and half of the zest and juice of 1 lemon. I used a mason jar to shake it up and pour over the cake.
Step 12: Set aside to let the glaze harden and soak into the cake. Top it with some fun sprinkles!
Step 13: Once the cake has completely cooled, you can finally cut into it and reveal your little blue pigs!
A tiny bit time consuming, but super fun and so worth the adorable end result!
Hope everyone has a fab weekend! What’s your favorite thing to bake??