Janie’s Pound Cakes: Worth a Trip to Tyler

dolce-vita3Almost a year ago, Stacey Yervasi tried a slice of Janie’s pound cake at Whole Foods and told us all about it, here. Last week I got something in the mail besides a bill or a press release: a box filled with my very own pound cake from Janie’s. Janie’s Cakes come from Tyler, Texas. No, Tyler isn’t Dallas, but NN has a lakehouse out that direction, which makes it blog worthy to me (and of course, they ship their goods all over the country). Anyway, the one they sent me is their latest flavor, La Dolce Vita. It is chocolate and plain pound cake swirl with a “chocolate ribbon,” aka chocolate sauce, in the middle (Remember the 90’s? Think a molten lava cake center). The white and semi-sweet chocolate shavings on top added a nice textural element to the moist (nose crinkle) and buttery poundcake.

Oh, and: Janie makes her cakes using eggs from chickens she raised at her home. She has over 300 chickens in her backyard. She also uses Madagascar vanilla from Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, Imperial sugar, unbleached King Arthur Flour, and USDA grade AA butter. No artificial stuff, no preservatives. And the yellow and white-striped box is totally cute.

You know what I wish? I wish Janie would come to Dallas and sell her cakes at the Dallas Farmer’s Market. I really liked the one she sent, and I think they would make great hostess gifts, or something yummy to have on hand when I’ve got company. Also, I’d like to munch on a slice when I pick up my Canton peaches. Just a thought.