Let me be frank. Am no expert in making/ baking cakes. This is a very basic and traditional cake which hasn’t gone wrong anytime. Now this cake is called as a ‘pound cake‘ because each of the four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar is taken in a 1:1:1:1 ratio by weight, i.e. if I am taking 250 grams of flour, I should take 250 grams of butter, eggs and sugar.
Let’s get to the ingredients in detail.
Butter – 250 grams (I have used salted butter, here Amul butter, you can opt for non salted one as well)
Eggs – 250 grams (In this case, it came to 5 eggs, the number can vary depending on size of eggs)
Maida Flour – 250 grams (This is from Big Basket)
Sugar – 250 grams (I have used brown sugar, it’s Arya Organic Brown Sugar – sorry about the blurred image, to give the cake a light brown colour, it can be substituted with white sugar with same quantity)
Baking powder and Vanilla Essence (I have used both Baker’s products)
As the name suggests, fruits and nuts as required.
I have actually soaked the fruits and nuts in chocolate milk and left it for a day in fridge. There’s cashews, cherries, tutty fruity, pista, almonds, raisins and dates. You can add any fruit and nut. The fruits and nuts have absorbed most of the chocolate milk.
Ensure that all the ingredients are at room temperature. This is very important.
First step is to beat the butter. I have used a hand mixer for doing it. Beat till it becomes smooth.
Add in the eggs and beat it thoroughly. You can add the egg whites first and then the egg yolks or both together.
Add in the vanilla essence. I have added 1 teaspoon of essence and beat well.
Now add the sugar and again beat well.
Mix flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl. I have used 5-6 grams of baking powder. This quantity is determined by what is advised on the baking powder packet. Add it to the mixture and use a spatula to blend it in. Do not use mixer for blending the flour or any further. Add the fruit and nut mix into it.
Take the baking pan and dust it with a bit of butter and maida. Cut out baking paper and place it at the bottom of this pan. Ensure that the oven is getting heated at this time at 180 degrees for some 20 minutes in advance. Pour the cake mix into the baking pan and using spatula give it a good shape.
Cook at 180 degrees for around 35-40 minutes. The cake is cooked when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or when the cake starts separating from the corners or when crack appears on the top of the cake.
Allow the cake to cool for a while and then move it out of the pan.
Cut and serve. You can see that the cake looks very moist in this cross section picture. It’s yummy 😀
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