Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Apple cider pound cake

A pound cake has been originally made with a pound of every ingredient like butter, flour, eggs and sugar. If you don't quite fancy a humongous cake, it is quite easy to halve the quantities, but keep the ratio about the same. I like to cook cakes with an addition of alcohol, and this time baked a cake with a delightful apple cider called The Good Cider of San Sebastian.

It was one of the products which were delivered with the latest Degustabox. Technically my cake should be called a half pound cake, but a pound cake sounds better.
For a successful pound cake it is advisable to have all the ingredients at a room temperature, and also try not to rush, mix the ingredients gradually.

Apple cider pound cake
200g caster sugar
170g softened butter
3 medium eggs
a good pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
125ml apple cider
200g self-raising flour
for the icing mix 4 heaped tbsp of icing sugar with 2tbsp of cider

First weigh three medium eggs. Then measure the similar amount of butter, flour and sugar. I have slightly reduced the amount of butter, but just a little bit.
Beat the butter with caster sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, and keep beating until fluffy and creamy. Add the salt, baking powder, apple cider and flour, and keep beating until you get a creamy consistency of the batter. Pour the cake mix into an oiled bundt cake tin.
Place the tin in the oven preheated to 180C. Half way through cooking cover the tin with foil to prevent the cake from getting too crisp at the top while the middle is still wobbly.
Bake for about 45+ Minutes. Check if it's ready with a wooden toothpick.
Let it cool before removing the cake out of the tin.
Mix the icing sugar with the apple cider until you get smooth runny icing, and spoon all over the cake.

The apple cider gives the cake a wonderful deep apple flavour. And don't worry, the cake doesn't taste of alcohol, it just adds the depth of flavour.

If you like the idea of adding alcohol to your cakes and bakes, why don't you check out some of my other "boozy" cake recipes, for example
Blood orange and limoncello cake
Malibu rum cake
or our family favourite
Advocaat cake