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: December 30th 2019

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21 min.30 min.35 min.1 hour 26 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 4 min.
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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.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
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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.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Start beating and mix the sugar and butter thoroughly.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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Add the eggs one at a time...

Stage 5 - 2 min.
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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).

Stage 6 - 2 min.
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Sieve 160 g flour and 10 g baking powder together.

Stage 7 - 30 min.
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Mix into the batter with whisk.

Refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.

Stage 8 - 2 min.
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Bake the cake

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Pour the batter into the mould or tin.

Stage 9 - 35 min.
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Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Test the centre of the cake to check that it is cooked .
If you want to include dry fruit, chocolate chips, etc., add these at stage 6, mixed with the flour.
Several days.
Based on recipe by Gaston Lenôtre.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,172 Kcal or 9,094 Kj34 gr245 gr122 gr
109 %13 %23 %19 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
381 Kcal or 1,595 Kj6 gr43 gr21 gr
19 %2 %4 %3 %
Per cake
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,172 Kcal or 9,094 Kj34 gr245 gr122 gr
109 %13 %23 %19 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Egg, Milk, Gluten
How much will it cost?
  • For 1 cake : 2.06 €

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