Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Pound Cake - July Punch


I am participating in the sweet punch group for the first time and it is exciting. I loved the pound cake recipe adapted from the cake bible, when I cross the same on joyofbaking.com. I bookmarked it and copied it down, but never got around to actually baking it. So needless to say, I was excited to be baking this for the first "Sweet Punch" assignment :).

I should have set the oven at 170 degrees C, as opposed to 180 degrees C. I was skeptical about the silicone loaf pan mainly for the dimensions. It is 8.5"x6"x2.5". The volume is the same as a standard 9"x5"x3" pan, but the cake turns out flatter. Moreover due to the flexibility, the side of the silicone pan, did not maintain a straight line while baking causing the cake to turn out in an odd shape.

I dare not post more pictures of this one. My photography skills need a lot of honing. Hubby dear says it has got to do with the lighting. He says I should bake/cook in the morning and photograph the dishes at the balcony for maximum natural light. I should probably try that sometime.

All said and done the cake tasted great and the texture was simple so crumbly and tight, exactly as Rose describes it in her recipe. I prefer to call the book the "Rose Bible" :). Let me repeat the recipe here:

 Pound Cake Recipe:

Ingredients:

3 large eggs, room temperature
3 tablespoons milk, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (150 grams) sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
13 tablespoons (1/2 cup + 1/3 cup) (185 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
Pound Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and butter or spray the paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), place the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar) and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds or until blended. Add the butter and half of the egg mixture. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for about one minute to aerate and develop the cake's structure. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Gradually add the remaining egg mixture, in 2 additions, beating about 30 seconds after each addition to incorporate the egg and strengthen the cake's structure.  
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for about 55 to 65 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you find the cake browning too much as it bakes, cover with a piece of lightly buttered aluminum foil after about 30 minutes.
Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on a lightly buttered wire rack.
The Pound Cake can be covered and stored for several days at room temperature, for one week when refrigerated, or it can be frozen for two months.
Makes one 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf.
To make cake Flour: From 1 cup of all purpose flour, remove 2 tbsps. Add 2 tbsps of corn flour and sift together two-three times.


Verdict: This one is so wonderfully rich and crumbly. It was a hit with my daughter and hubby dear too :)
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18 comments:

Divya Kudua said...

Welcome to Sweet Punch Team Priya..Pound cake looks delicious,glad you liked it!Thanks for baking with us!!

mykitchentrials said...

Nice looking cake :)

Rinku Naveen said...

Loved the brown crust..looks delicious

Deepali said...

really a crumbly crust... great cake

Priya said...

Wat a wonderful looking pound cake,simply irresistible..

Priya Kumar said...

Thank you Divya! It is wonderful to be a part of this team to share and learn from each other.

Priya Kumar said...

Thank you Rajani, Priya, Rinky and Deepali! It is such encouragements from you folks that keeps me going.

Priti said...

Looks soft n moist ....yum

SinFoodie said...

Wow you got a nice brown crust.
I realised later i should have baked it for some more time, but it was already too late.

Ria Mathew said...

Gorgeous cake! Welcome aboard :)

Priya Kumar said...

Thank you Priti, Ria and Sushmita! I am enjoying this thoroughly.

the mad said...

Looks delicious. Thanks for the update on the silicone pans I wanted to buy one then chickened out. looks like I did right.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Lovely texture and crumbs, looks yumm!

Reva said...

Cake looks delicious... It has a very good spongy texture and a golden crust... Loved it:) First time here and I enjoyed browsing around your recipes... Great work.. glad to follow u .. Happy blogging dear:)
Reva

Vidhya said...

Your cake has the perfect crumbly texture,loved it.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

the texture came out perfectly !!!

Anu Nandu said...

Welcome to the group. The cake does look super soft - and I know too how wonderful it tasted!

VS said...

Lovely looking cake!