Plain cake

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    Allow ingredients to come to room temperature


    Take the butter out of the fridge at least 1 hour beforehand.

    Break the eggs then weigh 125 g butter carefully; this is important for the rest of the recipe. Put into a bowl and leave at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
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    Make the cake batter


    Put into a food-mixer bowl: 125 g butter (cut into small pieces), 110 g caster sugar and 15 g Vanilla sugar.
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    Start beating and mix the sugar and butter thoroughly.
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    Add the eggs one at a time...
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    ...and beat until the mixture is smooth.

    Important: If the mixture begins to curdle, stop beating and plunge the bowl into a pan of hot water, beating with a hand whisk until the mixture homogenizes (normally about 1 minute).
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    Sieve 160 g flour and 10 g baking powder together.
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    Mix into the batter with whisk.

    Refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.
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    Bake the cake


    Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

    Pour the batter into the mould or tin.
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    Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Test the centre of the cake to check that it is cooked .

Remarks:

If you want to include dry fruit, chocolate chips, etc., add these at step 6, mixed with the flour.

Source:

Based on recipe by Gaston Lenôtre.

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