Grilled pound cake is a simple, surprisingly elegant summer dessert that can be made with store-bought or homemade pound cake. Serve it with fruit, ice cream, whipped cream, or even yogurt for a phenomenal end to any meal.
The end of summer is exhausting. I love having Elle home during the summer, and this one has been so much fun, but when you add in back-to-school shopping and still trying to cram in the last fun things of summer…I’m exhausted.
So don’t be surprised when you see I’m only sharing easy recipes this week. I think we all deserve a bit of a break.
I know that pumpkin and apples are just around the corner, but I’m not quite ready yet. So instead, I’m helping you plan for the last of the summer cookouts with a few more warm-weather desserts, starting with this grilled pound cake.
WHY GRILL POUND CAKE?
I know we all think about pulling out the grill to make things like grilled chicken, grilled shishito peppers, and flank steak tacos, but that same piece of equipment can totally help you make dessert, too.
Seriously, have you ever grilled pound cake before? It’s amazing. AH-mazing.
The sugar in the pound cake gets caramelized into something almost akin to the burnt sugary taste of the top of creme brulee, and I can’t stop thinking about it.
It’s super versatile, too. You can use your favorite store-bought pound cake or a homemade pound cake. You can serve it in about a million different ways.
Oh, and it’s one of the easiest desserts to make but is surprisingly elegant once it’s plated up. For real, you’re gonna impress all of your friends with this one.
HOW TO GRILL POUND CAKE
Even though you can just toss a slice of pound cake on the grill and call it a day, I like to take it one step further.
Don’t worry, I’m still keeping this grilled pound cake recipe super simple – but I’m also adding a bit of extra flavor.
What you’ll need
Obviously, if you’re making grilled pound cake you are going to need some pound cake.
You will need 1 pound of your favorite pound cake. You can totally use the Sara Lee pound cakes that you find in the freezer section – just let it thaw according to package directions before you get started.
Before grilling the pound cake, we’re going to brush the slices with a mixture of melted butter, honey, and sea salt, so make sure you have those on hand as well.
If you don’t have an outdoor grill, that’s ok! You can totally use a grill pan on your stove to make this grilled pound cake. And that means you can make it any time of year, rain or shine.
Making this recipe
Preheat your grill or grill pan over medium heat. If you are already grilling dinner, just keep the grill going while you eat until it’s time for dessert.
Slice the pound cake into thick slices. I like mine to be anywhere from ¾-inch to 1-inch thick.
Stir together the melted butter, honey, and a pinch of sea salt. Brush this mixture over both sides of the slices of cake, then place the cake slices on the grill.
Depending on the size of your grill or grill pan, you may need to work in batches. Let the cake slices cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until they are toasted with deeply golden grill marks on each side.
Set the cake slices on a platter and get ready to serve them!
So exactly how should you serve grilled pound cake?
Honestly, any way you’d like. Your options are endless.
The slices of grilled pound cake are incredible when paired with grilled fruit, such as grilled peaches or grilled pineapple. Or fresh berries are wonderful as well!
You could even go for something a little lighter and try some sweetened greek yogurt with it!
And then there are the sauce options. Try drizzling the pound cake with your favorite dessert sauce, such as:
- Strawberry sauce
- Raspberry sauce
- Blueberry sauce
- Hot fudge sauce
- Salted caramel sauce
- Lemon curd
- Lime curd
- Or even a simple drizzle of honey!
If you’re having a crowd over, you could even set out several toppings options buffet style and let your guests enjoy creating their own special grilled pound cake dessert. It’s like a grown-up version of an ice cream sundae bar!
Grilled Pound Cake
- 1 pound of pound cake
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat.
- While the grill is heating, slice the pound cake into ¾-inch to 1-inch-thick slices.
- Stir together the melted butter, honey, and salt. Brush this mixture over both sides of each slice of pound cake.
- Place the cake slices on the grill. Grill for 3-5 minutes per side, or until toasted with deeply golden grill marks.
- Serve warm with ice cream, grilled fruit, whipped cream, or your favorite topping.