Plain cake


Plain cake
This is a classic, loaf-shaped cake, deliberately left plain for you to embellish as you choose.
36,6154.1/5 for 13 ratings
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Last modified on: April 9th 2015

For 2 cakes, you will need:

Change those ingredients for: 1 cake 2 cakes 3 cakes

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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 250 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.
Plain cake : Photo of step #2

Make the cake batter


Put into a food-mixer bowl: 250 g butter (cut into small pieces), 220 g caster sugar and 30 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.
Plain cake : Photo of step #6
Sieve 320 g flour and 20 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.
Plain cake : Photo of step #9
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

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,345 Kcal or 18,192 Kj68 gr491 gr245 gr
217 %26 %46 %37 %
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).

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Source

Based on recipe by Gaston Lenôtre.

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FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pizza dough, Breton sablé biscuit dough, Saucipain, Provençal colombier for Pentecost, Fougasse with bacon and Comté, ... All
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ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Lemon tart, Doughnuts, Crackers, Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée), Leek and tuna loaf, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chocolate eclairs, Hazelnut and orange cake, Foie gras cured in salt, Flognarde, Fraisier (French strawberry cake), ... All

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