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Plain cake

Plain cake

This is a classic, loaf-shaped cake, deliberately left plain for you to embellish as you choose.

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Last modified on: April 9th 2015

For 1 cake, you will need:

Change for: 1 cake 2 cakes 3 cakes

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
21 min.30 min.35 min.1 hour 26 min.
Preservation: Several days.
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Step by step recipe

1 Plain cake : Photo of step #1

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.
4 min.
2 Plain cake : Photo of step #2

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.
3 min.
3 Plain cake : Photo of step #3Start beating and mix the sugar and butter thoroughly. 5 min.
4 Plain cake : Photo of step #4Add the eggs one at a time... 3 min.
5 Plain cake : Photo of step #5...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).
2 min.
6 Plain cake : Photo of step #6Sieve 160 g flour and 10 g baking powder together. 2 min.
7 Plain cake : Photo of step #7Mix into the batter with whisk.

Refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.
30 min.
8 Plain cake : Photo of step #8

Bake the cake


Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Pour the batter into the mould or tin.
2 min.
9 Plain cake : Photo of step #9Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Test the centre of the cake to check that it is cooked . 35 min.

Remarks

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

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
224035 gr245 gr125 gr
112 %13 %23 %19 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
3936 gr43 gr22 gr
20 %2 %4 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 1 cake : 2.06 €

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Source: Based on recipe by Gaston Lenôtre.
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