Friday, 8 July 2011

The Perfect Pound Cake

July Sweet Punch challenge is to make a Pound Cake. The recipe is from The Cake Bible, where Rose has come up with a new method of baking the cake, very different from the butter-sugar creaming and wet+dry ingredients, the usual cake route. This method, according to Rose ensures a tight crumb.

The recipe asks for Cake Flour, and I didn’t have that in stock or even corn flour to make cake flour at home, so I just used All purpose flour/maida and my cake came out well. This is one of the best Pound Cakes I have made.

Perfect Pound Cake
(Recipe source: The Cake Bible)
3 tablespoons Milk
3 large Eggs
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ cups sifted cake flour*
¾ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
13 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened [184 gms]

  • Preheat your oven to 350 °F / 180°C. Butter an 8 inch by 4 by 2.5 inch loaf pan, or any six cup loaf or fluted tube pan.
  • Lightly whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  • Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until blended. Add the butter and half the egg mixture, and mix until dry ingredients are moistened. On medium speed, beat for one minute. This will aerate and develop the cake’s structure. Scrape down sides.
  • Add the remaining egg mixture in two batches, beating for 20 seconds between each addition. Scrape down sides.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth surface with a spatula. Bake for 55-65 minutes (35-45 minutes if baking in a fluted tube pan), until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cake cool on a rack in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a greased wire rack. If using a loaf pan, flip the cake over so the top is up.

*For making Cake flour at home - Take one cup of all purpose flour and remove 2 tbsp from it. Replace the 2 tbsp flour with corn flour and sift together 2-3 times. Cake flour is ready to use.

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  1. wow, what a great color, love the texture, color, pics, everything :)

  2. that does look perfect :)

  3. Perfect slices Swapna--even I ran out of cornflour and made the cake flour with custard powder added into apf:).It sure gave my cake a very slight yellow tint.

  4. Wow your pictures are gorgeous and your cake looks absolutely delicious! Great job!! :)

  5. fabulous slices of the cake - they look like bells :)) lovely !!

  6. cake looks so crumbly & soft. lovely cake

  7. Prettiness all over the cake! Love the pics!

  8. Perfect pound cake...looks yum

  9. oh my -my...I wish blogger has an option of picking up stuff from d screen I would have picked up all the slices b4 any1 lays their hand on them..looks yumm yumm most favorite cake.

  10. perfect pound cake!!excellent click n pretty presentation!

  11. Pretty looking pound cake,beautiful presentation..

  12. Perfect pound cake,loved the beautiful and tempting click. Loved the spongy texture and the rich color of the crust. Bookmarked :):)

  13. Yummy Cake. Looks great n delicious. Snaps are excellent.

  14. Perfectly baked cake !! looks yummy !! tempting clicks !!

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  15. Perfect and delicious..tempting

  16. Perfect and tempting pound cake...

  17. I am really into pound cake right now!! I just baked an eggless one yesterday:)

  18. The cake looks delicious. with those tiny cherries around :)

  19. Beautiful pound cake. The slice look simply perfect.

  20. Your cake looks so pretty!

  21. itried this pound came out very well..thank you swapna

  22. tried this cake today and it came out just superbl....never going to look for another pound cake recipe! Thanks a lot Swapna

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