Thursday, July 7, 2011

Orange Pound Cake


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I've always,always wanted to try an Orange version of the pound cake.In fact,many a times I decided to try it and then chicken out thinking of the amount of butter which goes into it and then let fate take its decision on the lone Orange sitting inside the fridge.Depending on the time it has been sitting inside the fridge,sometimes it goes into this and sometimes this.
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But when the Sweet Punch team decides it is Pound Cake this month,then it has to be.


The recipe we chose is from Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible.Rose's recipe uses a slightly different technique from the regular creaming of butter and sugar first and then adding the rest of the ingredients.Also,it does not call for pounds of butter and sugar like old times' but the taste is not compromised one bit.This method,according to Rose,ensures a tight crumb,similar to that of a Sara Lee Pound Cake which is as perfect as a Pound cake can be!


I played safe this time and got a pretty Orange only when I decided for sure it is going inside this cake.The buttery pound cake with a faint hint of Orange with a perfect melt in the mouth texture..oh boy,I feel so proud I baked this.I have never come across such a cake in a bakery[flavored with Orange I mean],now please don't break my heart and say it is widely available in a shop next to you.

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Perfect Pound Cake ala Orange Pound Cake
Recipe source - The Cake Bible


Ingredients


Milk - 3 tbsp
Eggs - 3 large
Vanilla - 1 1/2 tsp
Cake flour - 1 1/2 cups,sifted
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Sugar - 3/4 cups
Orange Zest - 1 tbsp
Orange juice - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Butter - 184 gms/13 tbsp,softened


Method


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.[I used a 6 cup bundt pan].
Picnik collageLightly whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl.
Mix together orange zest and sugar with your finger tips till the sugar becomes moist and fragrant.
Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until blended. 
Picnik collageAdd 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.Mix in Orange juice.
Add the remaining egg mixture in two batches, beating for 20 seconds between each addition. Scrape down sides.Picnik collagePour 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 minutes before inverting onto a greased wire rack. 


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 Notes

  • You could skip the Orange zest and juice if you want a plain Pound cake.Or add a double dose of Vanilla as in Vanilla beans and Vanilla sugar for a super delicious Pound cake.
  • Wait for the cake to cool down completely before cutting to get neat slices.
  • Check out the video at Joy of Baking where Stephanie Jaworski has made it following Rose's recipe.

42 comments :

  1. Super spongy and flavorful cake...

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  2. The pound cake looks amazing Divya. love the hint of orange in the cake.

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  3. wow, cake looks amazing, superb recipe n excellent clicks..

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  4. OMG... Looks so soft and tempting.. Simply inviting dear.. Nice pictures as usual.. Thanks for sharing !!
    Indian Cuisine

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  5. Love orange flavor cake very much...Pound cake looks great and sure it would have tasted divinely!

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  6. Gorgeous looking pound cake, loved the light color and the super spongy texture.

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  7. The pound cake looks so yum and gorgeous... Lovely flavors.

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  8. citrusy cakes are always a favourite at home..had also loved your whole orange choco cake..maybe now its time to bake this one..looks awesome..

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  9. mmm that does look yummy Divya! I am also a citrus lover :)
    You should try that flouless one I'd made with whole boiled oranges. You'll love it :)

    http://magpiesrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/06/flourless-orange-cardamom-almond-cake.html

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  10. oh yum! this recipe works so well no? going to post mine in a few mins :)

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  11. Lovely color and the cake look so delicate, orange must have been a flavorful add to the pound cake!

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  12. loved it - the orange flavor will be tried soon :) thank u....

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  13. wow...divya...they is so good...but then i am not found of orange in cakes....Does this has that orangey taste ?

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  14. Wow! Divya your pound cake looks perfect!

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  15. Wow yummy it looks....hint of orange is a nice twist

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  16. Super spongy delcious n yummy cake..

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  17. Gorgeous looking pound cake,looks super spongy and extremely flavourful..

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  18. i can smell and taste the orange all the way to pune... great cake and thanks for such a delightful recipe to bake in June :)

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  19. Super soft and spongy looking cake...

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  20. wow, beautiful cake looks so delicious

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  21. Lovely orange tint to the cake! It has turned out beautiful. I am sure it tasted great too!

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  22. Cake looks so gorgeous ,wish I could taste this

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  23. I would have loved the aroma while the cake was baking :) yummy looking pound cake. The shape is fantastic too :)

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  24. Yumm... the cake looks gorgeous...
    I need to get cake Bible soon :)

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  25. I have to try this orange flavour next time. The recipe was really awesome.

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  26. Even I went the Citrus-y way! Loved this cake, Divya! Good choice! Your cake looks so good!!

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  27. Look delicious!!! I love this cake, gloria

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  28. wow...the pound cake looks superb...n' thank u so much for the step by step pics...helps me a lot while i'm trying to bake...:)

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  29. Love these detailed instructions.
    Love the cake.

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  30. I loooove orange in baking, I always end up in using orange flavour so skipped for this pound cake. Your cake looks gorgeous, love the texture.

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  31. Loved your citrus y cake I am now planning to try your version pretty soon.

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  32. Looks so soft n delicious.. I was wanting to make one for a long time.. Lets wait n see when this is gonna come out of my oven :)

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  33. Yum, what a great color and variety. The cake has come out perfectly !!!

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  34. The zesty version of the perfect pound cake.. yumm yumm!! Nope, we don't get an orange pound cake in any bakery in Bangalore, so this one's truly truly special!

    Heart in one piece and swelling with pride I hope?:-)))

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  35. Love orange flavor in pound cake and love all your pictures Divya. Beautiful!

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  36. I made orange flavored cake..but definitely not the pound cake..so its real special..look superb n yummy dear..

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  37. Cake looks so spongy and yummy.

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  38. Wow, the addition of orange is a great idea. It would have tasted so yum and refreshing smell would have wafted through your kitchen air. Next time, I am going to add orange or lemon juice. Either one will make the cake extra tasty.

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  39. Hello,
    I reached to you while blog hopping, glad meeting you.
    You have many recipes collections.
    I would love to browse them later...following you.
    Do drop by mine in your free time...
    Btw, Cake is awesome...
    Take care.

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Divya.

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