Kentucky Butter Cake


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Kentucky Butter Cake ( 10 inch Bundt Pan)

(Recipe inspired by this recipe : http://allrecipes.com/recipe/kentucky-butter-cake/)
Cake Ingredients:

360 gms cake flour (sifted)
360 gms caster sugar (divided use)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup buttermilk
250 gms unsalted butter
4 egg yolks (I used A grade)
4 egg whites

Butter Sauce Ingredients:

50 gms butter
50 gms sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Cake Mixture: 

  • Cream butter and sugar (reserve 100 gms for meringue) until light and fluffy. Add vaniila extract and mix in.
  • Add egg yolk one at a time. Make sure they are well mixed before adding the next one.
  • Mix in flour in 3 additions,  starting with flour then adding half of the buttermilk, then flour, then buttermilk, ending with flour. Mix gently until incorporated but do not overmix. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy, then gradually add the reserved 100 gms sugar. Beat until firm peak (that would be a peak that folds back on itself)
  • Add the egg white meringue to butter mixture in 2 additions. Mix at the lowest speed until incorporated.
  • Scoop out about 1/3 of the batter and mix in the cocoa powder. Remember to sift the powder.
  • Pour ½ the butter mixture into the prepared bundt pan, followed by the cocoa mixture and finally topping with the remainder of the butter mixture. Even out the top of the batter.
  • Bake at 155 celcius, higher if using an aluminium pan (my pan is nonstick and dark) for 63 minutes (or a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean) in the middle rack.

 REMEMBER TO GREASE AND FLOUR THE PAN! 

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Butter Sauce:

 Melt the butter, together with the water, sugar and vanilla extract on low heat. Do not let it boil.

 Before unmoulding, poke holes (I used a fork) on the cake and drizzle butter sauce all over. When cooled, turn the cake over and brush remainder of the sauce all over the cake.

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2nd bake did not drizzle butter sauce …. still delicious!

 

Heart Shaped Marbled Butter Cake

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Cake Ingredients:
250g butter, room temperature
300g castor sugar
4 eggs (60g), separated
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
360g plain or cake flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup buttermilk – make my own by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into milk
2 tablespoon cocoa powder

Glaze:
2 tablespoon lemon juice
zest of one lemon
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 160C. Grease a 10 inch Bundt pan. Sift flour with baking powder and salt.
2. In mixing powder cream butter and sugar (200g) until light and creamy. Add in yolks one by one until incorporated. Add vanilla extract.
3. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternatively starting and ending with flour. Mix until just combined.
4. Beat the egg whites until frothy before slowly adding remaining 100g sugar. Beat to stiff peaks. Fold into the yolk batter in 3 portions until incorporated.
5. Remove about 1/3 of the batter and sift in cocoa powder. Mix until incorporated.
6. Place half of the plain batter into the bundt pan, followed by the cocoa batter. Then add the balance of the plain batter.
7. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes, then unmould and brush glaze all over the cake.

To Make Glaze: In a saucepan combine all ingredients and cook over medium heat, until fully melted and thickened.

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