Friday, July 30, 2010

POM-tastic!

This week, the wonderful people at POM were generous enough to send me some samples of their juice to try. I had only tried their iced teas before, but not the actual juice, so I was pretty excited when the package arrived yesterday! I'm not a huge juice drinker, but still enjoyed the flavor and became eager to experiment with some recipes. The result? POM Cake!



Pretty easy to make and full of great flavor. For the cake, I used:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 cup POM juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup no-sugar-added applesauce (in place of oil)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 TB flour (for those at high altitude)
  • several drops of red food coloring (optional; just for fun)
  • powdered sugar (optional; mostly for aesthetics)

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer and bake according to the directions on the box. The platter decided to slip out as I was flipping the cake over, so I ended up with a crack in one side. Boo! I hate it when stuff like that happens. Oh well.

I also made a POM-orange glaze to drizzle on top:



For the glaze:

  • about 1 3/4 cup POM juice
  • zest and juice from one orange
  • 2 tsp honey

I simmered the juices and the zest and constantly whisked them for almost 30 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, I added the honey. After I reduced the liquids, I ended up with about 3/4 cup of glaze. I didn't pour it over the entire cake because I didn't want it to get soggy, so I stored it on the side, to pour on individual slices. If you're planning on serving the entire cake all at once though, go ahead and pour all of the glaze on.

Pretty much one of the best cakes I've ever made! I may/may not have had two slices back to back. I think next time I attempt this, I'll just replace all of the water with juice. It didn't seem to affect the texture of the cake and you can't go wrong with extra POM flavor! Between the cake baking and the juices reducing, our house smelled of cakey-orangey-pomegranate-y goodness. So, so good.

Later this evening, I plan on trying some POM cocktails! My mom brought me back a small bottle of champagne from her trip to California, so I'm pretty sure POM-pagne is in my future. Great way to kick off the weekend, eh?

3 comments:

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

That cake looks fantastic! I love the color.

Pom with champagne is awesome. I found it a little intense straight up but wonderful with seltzer, champagne or in smoothies.

MaryBeth said...

Wow that cake looks great I will have to try out your recipie as soon as I can! I love POM juice, its like my coffee when I can afford it.

simplyshaka said...

I have a ton of POM to use up and may need to make this. I am not a baker at all so I am a tad nervous but it looks too good not to make!