Monday, February 24, 2014

Deep Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake

This cake, is the ultimate chocolate pound cake. I did mention earlier that I am not a pound cake person. Tapikan bila dah rasa this cake, I had to admit, pound cake, memang sedap. Tapikan, as Rima mentioned, use the best of the best ingredients. Maknanya, if possible, use pure french butter, valhorna cocoa powder for your cake.

Mula2 aku buat this cake, terkejut tengok betapa gelapnya cake aku ni. Terlupa that valhorna cocoa powder memang very dark. hehe.. ingatkan kek aku dah jadi kunta kinte. Do you guys still remember that name? Masa kecik2 dulu cerita tu sangat famous. Aku memang follow that story. Cerita pasal a slave boy from Africa. Ishk! macam mana cerita kek boleh jadi cerita slave boy pulak.

Ok, back to the cake. For this recipe, aku guna Paul's light sour cream sebab kononnya nak kurangkan fat. Rasanya takde kurang lemak pun sebab the butter that I used very rich and creamy and banyak! Sigh... macam mana la nak kurus ni..

Rupa kek tu sebenarnya lagi gelap. These past few days, matahari terlalu garang, thus the overexposed photo.

Deep Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake
from Tish Boyle’s The Cake Book
Thank you Rima!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cake flour
1 cup  Dutch-processed cocoa powder (preferably valhorna or calibut)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 salted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
250gram light sour cream

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease the inside of a 10-inch Bundt pan.

Sift the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside. In a bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until very creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the sugar. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is well-blended and light, about 4 minutes.

At medium speed, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. In a small bowl, stir the vanilla extract into the sour cream. If your mixer has a splatter shield attachment, attach it now.

At the low speed, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream mixture in 2 additions and mixing just until blended. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake the cake for 65 to 75 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Then invert the cake onto the rack and let it cool completely.

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