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Vanilla Pound Cake


  • Author: Wholesome Patisserie
  • Prep Time: 20min
  • Cook Time: 45min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x

Description

A beautifully baked cake thats richer and denser than your classic soft butter cake. This has a tight dense crumb but the texture still has a softness to it. The crust bakes golden which compliments the delicious cake inside. Serve plain or with a dollop of luscious yoghurt of your choosing and fresh berries! 


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups (300g) plain all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature  
  • 3/4 cup (140g) caster sugar, raw or white I use raw  
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) milk of choice, I use almond, at room temperature  
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean extract 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (356ºC). Line a 9” x 5“ rectangle baking pan with parchment paper. Alternatively, if you have a non-stick pan, liberally grease it with melted butter and dust it with a light layer of flour. This will leave your finished loaf with smooth edges. Set aside. 
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour and baking powder, whisk until well combined. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle, add softened butter and caster sugar. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until mixture turns light/pale yellow and creamy in texture, scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until well combined. 
  5. Beat through milk and vanilla until just combined.
  6. Add all of the flour and baking powder mixture. Beat until just combined and it begins to form a soft but thick batter, it will be quite thick, like a soft dough. Mixing through any remaining pockets of flour but ensuring not to over-mix. 
  7. Spoon into lined pan and smooth out top evenly. As the batter is thick, it will take some patience to spread it all out.  
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Part of the top will be cracked open and loaf will be golden all over.  
  9. Remove and cool in pan for 10 minutes. 
  10. Carefully remove from pan and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
  11. Serve and enjoy! 
  12. Store in an airtight container, in a dark pantry, for 5 days.