07 July 2011

Pound Cake

A simple pound cake should be on all bakers list of recipes. A Pound Cake is a rich, finely textured yellow cake containing eggs, flour, butter, and sugar.A cake that is golden yellow, soft and moist. The way it derived its name is interesting. In olden days it used to be made with a pound each of sugar, butter and eggs. But over the years the recipe has changed.


I have done this as part of the 'Sweet Punch' recipe for the month of June. Really glad to be part of this as the Sweet Punch team consists of the ever passionate and famous bakers and bloggers Ria, Maria and Divya.

So here is my try at Pound Cake.



INGREDIENTS  
1 1/2 cup Cake Flour sifted
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons Milk

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
13 Tablespoons/ 184 gm Unsalted Butter, softened 



METHOD

Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degree C.
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds.
Lightly whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla in a separate small bowl.
Chop softened butter into small cubes.
Add the butter and half the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix till well moistened for about a minute on medium speed. This will aerate and develop the cake mixture. Keep mixing scraping down the sides.

Add the remaining egg mixture in 2 batches , beating for about 20 seconds each.
Grease the sides and bottom of a 8 x 4x 2.5 inch loaf pan or fluted tube pan.
Place parchment paper at the bottom and grease on top of it.
Pour the batter into the pan. Smooth the surface using a spatula. 
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.




Tips:

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.
I used the dough hooks of my mixer to mix this dough as it is difficult to do it using the egg beater.
Always use a parchment paper or butter paper to line the bottom of the pans to be on the safer side. It is easier to remove the cake from the pan.
If you have a real sweet tooth you can increase the sugar level a bit. 







39 comments:

  1. Yum..looks so good Rinku.Glad you liked it.Thanks for baking with us!!

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  2. Wow Rinku!! The cake looks divine! So simple & fluffy, I wish I could have a bite of it, your pics are superb too! Great going!!

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  3. soft n moist pound cake..looks tempting ..

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  4. Thanks Divya, Toviewtoronto, Shir and Julie for the inspiring words and quick response.. I am delighted..

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  5. Beautiful pictures! looks very tempting

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  6. wow it looks so soft as if u have sliced butter...umm iloveit

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  7. lovely loaf rinku - let me tell u i just loved the slice of it - the size is so perfect n dainty looking :)

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  8. Fabulous and soft pound cake.

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  9. Omg, thats a super soft and irresistible pound cake,stunning clicks..

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  10. I love pound cake and that looks perfect, so soft, moist and delicious..I wish I could taste a slice of this, the color and the pics are making it so tempting!!

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  11. It's looks just so perfect ...perfectly sliced ....n so soft ...just fab

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  12. Beautiful looking pound cake. Love the color, texture and shape of the cake. Awesome on the whole :)

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  13. This looks amazing Rinku. I know how delicious this recipe was. Couldn't stop eating :D
    Thanks for your beautiful comment on my pound cake too :)

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  14. Cake looks divine .Lovely pictures

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  15. That's a beauty,yummy soft and perfect cake

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  16. Beautiful presentation, your cake has turned out really well.

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  17. Cake looks so gorgeous ~ wish I could taste this :)
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  18. Woww.. it looks so soft and fluffy.. yummm :) I love pound cake

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  19. wow, what a great presentation, love the whole green color theme, beautifully done :)

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  20. Nice delicious cake..looks yumm

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  21. Soft and spongy cake.. Yummy. Love your presentation..

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  22. Nothing like a velvety smooth pound cake and some ripe berries.
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  23. Soft and moist pound cake,simply superb.

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  24. I've been in a mini-mood lately when it comes to baking and these delicious pound cakes that keep staring at me and screaming my name from a handful of blogs is too hard to resist... great job, sweetie!!

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  25. i just love the pics ! the cake looks tempting too!

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  26. Thanks for ur msg in my Space.U having such a Wonderful Blog...Lovely Dishes with Superb Clicks!!!Yum Yum Pound cake... :) Happy to follow u dear....

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  27. wow, what a lovely cake & what an amazing presentation! Your pictures are really beautiful! Great job!

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  28. Thatz one lovely cake..The clicks are just awesome!!
    I loved ur honeycomb cake as well.I always want to try it but my laziness always win :-)
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  29. Thanks dear friends for all those lovely comments!!

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  30. wow!!! wow!!! beautiful clicks dearie!!!! loved it !!

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  31. Your pound cake looks delicious. Very golden...and pretty.

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  32. wow, just awesome dear..superb cake..wonderful clicks..

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  33. wow...the cake looks so beautiful and perfect...Loved the texture, looks very soft too..yumm

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  34. OMG, What a tempting cake.. looks absolutely perfect and soft.. Thanks for the awesome recipe dear.. First time here.. you have a lovely blog with delicious recipes.. Awesome job :)
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  35. Looks super soft.
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