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:

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
21 min.30 min.35 min.1 hour 26 min.
Keeping: Several days.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 4 min.
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.

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 .

Remarks

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

Nutritional information

% 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).

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Source

Based on recipe by Gaston Lenôtre.

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