For many of us, Labor Day weekend means travel. Whether you are headed to a country lake, a seaside resort town, or a friend's pool house, you're not packing a pantry's worth of ingredients and equipment. But just because you won't have your trusty rolling pin or Tahitian vanilla beans handy doesn't mean you have to rely on uninspired store-bought desserts. Grilled pound cake is a luscious, unfussy option that couldn't be easier to prepare—especially when you use a boxed mix.
Betty Crocker's Pound Cake Mix ($2.89) calls for nothing more than 3/4 cup of water or milk and two eggs. Simply beat everything together with an electric mixer (or by hand) and bake in a 9x5-inch loaf pan for approximately 50 minutes. My cake emerged from the oven with a perfect golden-brown crust and buttery yellow interior. It had a heavy, crumbly texture and a simple, sweet flavor—the perfect foundation for a show-stopping summer dessert.
Grilling pound cake is simple. Prepare a medium fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to medium. You can even grill the cake indoors on a grill pan.
Cut the cake into 1-inch thick slices and brush both sides with melted butter. Grill the cake slices for 1 to 2 minutes per side until they are warm and toasted.
Grilled pound cake slices can be topped with almost anything. Some delicious combinations are blueberries and crème fraiche, strawberries and whipped cream, mascarpone and cherries, or my personal favorite, vanilla ice cream and tequila-roasted pineapple.