What makes the best pound cake?

That’s a whole different ball game. “Pound cake should be light, with a finely textured, moist, and even crumb,” says Claire Saffitz, BA’s associate food editor and baker extraordinaire. She has created, tested, and made dozens of pound cakes, plus she’s well-versed in the science of baking (yep, it’s a science).

What is the best flour to use for a pound cake?

Cake Flour: Cake flour is lighter than all-purpose flour and produces the best pound cake in my opinion. Since it’s so light, the attention remains on the butter. All-purpose flour is simply too heavy for this pound cake recipe; the cake will be heavy as a brick. If needed, use this homemade cake flour substitute.

How do you make pound cake from scratch?

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter – slightly cooler than room temperature.
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar.
  3. 4 large eggs – slightly cooler than room temperature.
  4. 2 cups all-purpose flour.
  5. 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder.
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
  7. ½ cup evaporated milk.
  8. 2 teaspoon quality vanilla extract.

What makes a cake moist and fluffy?

Most cakes begin with creaming butter and sugar together. Butter is capable of holding air and the creaming process is when butter traps that air. While baking, that trapped air expands and produces a fluffy cake.

What ingredient makes a cake moist?

Fats, like butter, shortening, or oil, help retard gluten formation while providing moisture for the cake. This ensures a tender texture. Sugar breaks up gluten, keeping the texture tender; it absorbs liquid, keeping the cake moist; and it caramelizes in baking, enriching flavors and helping the cake brown.

Should you beat eggs before adding to cake mix?

Beating the eggs before adding them to the batter is very important. Many batters, like pancakes and muffins, can be over mixed. And if they are over mixed the end result will not be as good. If you add in the eggs whole, it will require you to mix the batter more to incorporate the eggs in and break them up.

Why is my sponge cake not light and fluffy?

If your sponge has come out too heavy or dense but cooked through, this could be due to under-mixing. Mixing is an important step in incorporating lots of air so that the sponge becomes light and fluffy. It could also be due to the fact that there weren’t enough raising agents used.

What makes a sponge cake tough?

If the butter or spread is too soft, it becomes oily and the resulting cake heavy and dense. If the butter is too cold, it takes too long to incorporate into the sugar and eggs and can cause over-mixing, which in turn means a heavy cake.

What is the difference between a sponge cake and a Victoria sponge?

The lighter, fluffier Victoria sandwich is usually made up of two sponge cakes, with a layer of jam and fresh whipped or vanilla cream between them, topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, although it can also be a perfect foundation for your favorite buttercream frosting.