Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Perfect Pound Cake






I simply loved the Perfect Pound Cake recipe,  the 'Sweet Punchers' had announced for the month.
The cake I started to bake as a teenager and that I make until now; probably the one I'd whipped up the most number of times...the simple vanilla or the tea cake I had learnt from my mom which calls for equal weights of the 4 major ingredients, flour, butter, eggs and sugar..

The measurements and method for the pound cake is slightly different, though...




and Hurray! WE baked the lovely, yummy, golden, cake, together to make it all the more special and sweeter! :)



Perfect Pound Cake
(Adapted from the The Cake Bible)

Ingredients


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]


Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 F. 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 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.




 I had badly wanted to bake the cake in loaf pans and cut into squares complaining about making in amma's round cake pan, but sis was more towards the quality of the cake rather than the shape :)





The power was going on and off during the beating part and the frothy dough had to wait for a long time to get into the hot oven while the power retrieved after 2 long hours!
Fortunately it didn't affect the texture of the cake!
 The soft, light and moist cake disappeared within 10 minutes after the photography session by the sisters, much before tea time :)

25 comments:

  1. Any which ways - ur efforts are a feast to the eye - quite spongy am sure it is as yummmmm :)

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  2. Ofcourse, its the Perfect Pound Cake! Perfect Pics!

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  3. Soft cake! :) Makes me want to grab a piece from the pic :) Wow! the highlight is that my favorite cooking sisters have baked it together :) No wonder it would have been perfect and yummy :)

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  4. Lovely :) Time well-spent! What better way to bond as sisters than to bake/cook together!

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  5. Bharathy, cake looks so so soft and spongey! So sweet that both of you baked together and the click holding the cake :) Wonderful :)

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  6. Loved it that you gals baked it together despite the so-called hurdles!!Pound cake looks golden brown and delicious--thanks so much for baking with us this month!!

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  7. Din't know you girls are sisters, probably just me. Your team work has resulted in this beautiful cake, inspite of all your hurdles....
    Gorgeous looking cake, well presented.

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  8. Wonderful looking cake,simply irresistible..

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  9. Looks very delicious and yummy. Pictures are very good too. Keep up the good work Bharathy. I could only imagine the fun you sisters had making this delectable cake.

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  10. wow, it does look perfect, love your presentation !!!

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  11. How fun is it to bake with a sister! Awww...love the two of you standing and holding the cake together! So cute. And the cake looks perfect too inspite of all the hurdles!

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  12. Bharathy you have a lovely space here...Pound Cake is the one cake i have never baked till date
    Shd try ...lovely pics...

    Happy to follow you :)

    Visit mine@ http://cookingwithloveandforlove.blogspot.com/

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  13. Wow perfect cake that u both have baked and lovely clicks bharathy

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  14. Love this one..looks really delicious..:)

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  15. So delicious cake,looks so inviting and nice clicks too.

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  16. wow...u guyz are sisters? that means i get to meet 2 bloggers from kottayam in one shot? lol...that tip abt the cake flour is a good one...;)...the cake looks great too..:)

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  17. i'm having a really duh! moment...i found ur blog page on fb...but couldn't find the profile id behind the blog page....:(...

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  18. So pretty..One of the oldest and yet tastiest cake recipes.Lovely to hear u guys baked it together..

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  19. That's a great looking cake!

    Rajani

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  20. ˚。ჱܓ
    。°✿Olá,amiga!

    Delicioso!!!
    É tudo de bom!!!

    Bom domingo!
    Boa semana!
    ♥✿•˚。
    ° 。✿♥ °° 。Beijinhos.
    ✿♥ °° 。Brasil

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