July 7, 2011

Perfect Pound Cake


My husband who is not a big fan of sweets as I am, loves pound cakes. In fact, when I had started baking frequently few months back, it was the only thing he requested me to make. It was a big surprise as in matters of cakes, he only eats to taste it. So when the Sweet Punch for July was announced to make Perfect Pound Cakes, I was excited . It is my first bake as a Sweet Punch participant.
The term Pound cake was coined as it was traditionally made of one pound each of the 4 ingredients, flour,eggs,butter and sugar . However the recipe that the Sweet Punch chose was a different method. The recipe is from Cake Bible.  It is called Perfect Pound Cake and indeed it is perfect and addictive.  

 I have done a slight modification to the recipe. I added some lemon zest and "tried" to make a white chocolate and lemon glaze. "Tried" as I burnt half of whatever little white chocolate I had. 


Ingredients:
3 tbsp Milk
3 large Eggs
1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
and 1/2 cups cake flour (150gm) 
3/4cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
 zest of 1 lemon

1/4 teaspoon salt
13 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (184 gms)

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F/175C. 
  2. Butter an 8 inch by 4 by 2.5 inch loaf pan, or any six cup loaf or fluted tube pan.  
  3. Lightly whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  4. Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until blended. 
  5. Add the butter , lemon zest 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.
  6. Add the remaining egg mixture in two batches, beating for 20 seconds between each addition. Scrape down sides.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth surface with a spatula. 
  8. 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 minuets 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 cornflour and sift together 2-3 times. Cake flour is ready to use.

31 comments:

Rinku Naveen said...

Looks Perfect Sushmita..Really soft and spongy.

DD said...

wow that's really perfect!!!
desperate to have one piece!!!

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Priti said...

Looks just so soft n moist ...yum

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Soft and moist.. loved the texture..

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Reva said...

Pound cake looks yum... Very delicious..:)
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Sin-a-mon said...

I added lemon zest too looks lovely

Vidhya said...

so so tempting!!! lovely!!

Suja said...

Soft and delicious..perfect..

Rumana Rawat said...

It is a perfect cake:)

Divya Kudua said...

Love the golden brown colour--looks perfect!!Thanks for baking with us this month!!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! I love the crumbs and the texture of the cake, simply gorgeous.

Priya said...

Cake looks absolutely stunning,super spongy and wonderful..

aipi said...

Loved the texture ~ loved the color! Beautiful cake!
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A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Perfect pound cake..looks so soft and moist...yumm..its photographed so very well feels like getting a slice right away..

Desserts In My Kitchen said...

Yummy, your pound cake looks devine! Very nice :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Looks perfect !!!

Vardhini said...

Yummy and deliciuos .. looks perfect.

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Deepali said...

i love the texture of your cake... simply wow!

Anu Nandu said...

Your cake looks extra moist and so spongy. I want to eat some now.

Saras said...

So soft & yum, Want to grab some slice..
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Radhika said...

Really perfect looking. love the texture.


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Taste Junction said...

This looks os decadent...indeed a perfect recipe for a pound cake!!

CinnamonNChillies said...

Looks just perfect!!!

Mary said...

What a perfect cake. Your photos of it are gorgeous. If this tastes even half as good as it looks you have a winner on your hands. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Prachi said...

The cake looks tempting. Have you tried lemon and orange rinds in your cakes? They give a unique flavour..

a girl's diary said...

looks too spongy.....I wish I could have one bite

mykitchentrials said...

The cake looks fabulous

Rajani

hemalata said...

Delicious pound cake looks so yummy.

Indie.Tea said...

Pound cake...delicious. I like the way its circular, instead of a loaf shape...more cake-like.

Fresh Garden said...

Wow!
Soft and spongy!
Delightful and yummy!
Thanks for sharing, it's wonderful!

sliceofmylyfe said...

Lovely pound cake. I have been tardy off late and haven't come to your space. Hope you are doing well!

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