Sunday, April 19, 2015

Making Zebra Pound Cake and Tips to Remove Your Cake from Round Pan

Lately I have been baking cakes or cookies on some Sundays and I guess baking on Sunday has slowly become a habit to me.

This afternoon, I decided to use up a pack of whipping cream and butter that I still kept in my fridge for making zebra pound cakes. The three of us are going back to Indonesia next week and since my house often experiences short circuit during thunder rain, I tried to empty the content of my fridge for the coming week.

A slice of my pretty zebra cake.

To make my zebra cakes today, I used the Elvis Presley's Favorite Pound Cake recipe that I baked few weeks back because that recipe requires whipping cream. I don't think I need to reiterate the above recipe in this post because I basically used the exact same recipe and ingredients to make my zebra pound cakes. It's just that this time around; I used two round tins and sifted the flour once instead of three times as I didn't want a cake with too soft or crumbly texture.

Fresh from the oven. Too hot to handle.

For the zebra effect, I poured half of the vanilla cake batter into another bowl and mixed it with 2 table spoons of sifted cocoa powder to come up with the chocolate cake batter. Then, I alternately put few spoons of the plain and chocolate batters into the centre of the cake tins until I finished all the cake batter and ended up with few alternate rings of mixture in the tins. Lastly, I popped the cakes to oven for about 45 minutes.

Fail-proof pound cake recipe.

I think I baked better pound cakes today than few weeks ago. The cakes didn't severely crack in the middle. Also, the texture of the pound cakes I made today was moist, slightly dense (like how pound cake should be) and the cakes smelled very creamy. I am happy with the zebra effect I created on the cakes.

I brought half of the cake to my MIL's house this evening and my husband's grandma and nephews enjoyed eating them. My youngest nephew asked for another slice after I gave him one. Naomi also demanded to eat the cake again when she saw all her cousins and great grandma were eating the cake. I plan to bring the other cake to Naomi's school tomorrow for her teachers and friends. 

Baking tips: How to easily remove your cake from round pan with removable bottom.

Finally, I am going to end this post with a trick that my husband came up with to easily remove your just-baked cake from a round pan with removable bottom. I used to ask him to come over to the kitchen to help me take my cake out of its round pan until he taught me how to do this myself.
  1. Wait until your fresh-from-the-oven cake is not piping hot to handle or better still, cool it down completely before removing it from the pan.
  2. Put a medium glass on your table or kitchen surface.
  3. Place your cake pan on top of the glass and slide the pan down.
  4. Voila! Now your cake is ready to be taken out from the pan and served
P/S: Make sure you line your pan with baking paper or grease it with a bit of butter or margarine before you pour your cake batter and bake it in the oven. 

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