Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cream Cheese Vanilla and Rum Pound Cake

My laptop is giving me a lot of problem recently and just now when I was at blogspot trying to select the post to publish, the laptop haywire again and it runs the apps itself that even auto deleted some of my files, including those posts that I had pre-drafted during my sleepless nights. I nearly cry out, there gone my hard works :(.....

Recipe adapted from Singapore Shiok

Ingredients :
200g soft but cool butter, not melting
150g soft cream cheese
200g fine grain sugar (I reduced till 150g)
2/3 tsp fine salt
4 tbsp full cream milk powder
4 egg yolks
200g plain or all purpose flour, sifted at least 3 times (use self raising flour for a less dense cake)
1.5 tbsp pure vanilla extract or paste
6 tbsp dark or Malibu rum (use milk, your favourite liqueur or citrus juice if preferred)
4 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Method :
1. Preheat oven at 140C and grease and flour a 23cm (9 in) tube pan. (I used 10.5 cup)
2. Combine butter, cream cheese, sugar and salt in bowl of stand mixer and beat with paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth and well combined. Add milk powder and continue to beat on medium speed until mixture is very pale and fluffy. This will take at least 8 minutes.
3. Reduce speed slightly and beat in one egg yolk at a time, beating after each yolk until yolk is no longer visible before adding the next.
4. Turn off machine and scrape mixture down sides of bowl. Sift over a third of the flour and mix in on minimum speed, by turning the motor on and off until flour is no longer visible. Add the vanilla and rum (or preferred liquid) and mix in again by turning the machine on and off on minimum speed, until liquids are no longer visible.
5. Add the remaining flour in two lots (sifted over), using the same turn on/turn off method. Scrape down sides of bowl again. Do not over mix or you will develop the gluten in the flour and your cake may turn out heavy.
6. Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in another clean and grease free deep mixing bowl and whisk until peaks form but egg whites are not dry or grainy. Fold a third of whites into batter and fold in with whisk. Add remaining whites and fold in until whites are no longer visible. Do not overmix or you will deflate the batter and your cake may not rise well.
7. Scrape batter into prepared tin and and tilt pan to level batter. Bang tin once sharply on work surface to dispel any large air bubbles. If you don't do this, your pound cake slices will look like Swiss cheese.
8. Bake at lower centre of oven for about an hour. Test with skewer after 45 minutes and if not done, again at 50 minutes. When skewer comes out clean (a few tiny crumbs sticking on the skewer is fine), remove from oven and leave cake for 15 minutes before turning out onto a rack. 
9. While cake is still very warm, but not too hot to handle, wrap in cling film and leave until cake is cold. Keep overnight before slicing. This softens the crust and makes the crumb more moist, which is how I like my pound cake. If preferred, cool unwrapped cake completely on rack then keep in a lidded container and eat within 5 days.

As I was using pure vanilla powder so the cake looks much darker. I think I had also over fold the batter a bit and under baked the cake a bit which caused the wet stripes at the side of the cake. However the cake is is soft and moist and fragrance but quite strong milky taste which a bit too overwhelming for me. Perhaps my taste bud has changed, I used to be a butter cake fan but now, I will prefer much lighter cake such as chiffon cake :P.

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Bake for Happy Kids and My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe


  1. This pound cake has such a light and smooth crumb...almost like a chiffon. Excellent!

  2. Hi Jess, the cake looks shiok to eat ... soft and moist. I also don't really like too milky taste in cakes.

  3. Aiyo, Jess! I feel so sorry for you. But luckily this post not deleted. I can see that this cake is sure ho chiak. Cream cheese+vanilla+rum must be very good!

  4. I ever encounter once, i upload the draft n then the whole thing disappear, so pek chek...

  5. This is a pretty mould. When cut, the slices look so elegant! :)

  6. Harr??作莫这样奇怪的,还会Auto delete的??

  7. 哎呀,按得太快,忘记和你拿一片蛋糕吃,哈哈。。

  8. Oh so sorry to hear that, Jess. I can imagine how grumpy you are when your naughty laptop made your effort gone. Never mind,I spank his backside for you,heh.....heh........
    I think the wet stripes at the side of the cake is due to under baking . Anyway your cake still look soft and moist . Can I have slice of it?

  9. 这个模烘烤的蛋糕很大方, 切片后更加的特别了!

  10. Oh dear, Jess! Hope everything is ok now :D


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