Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Plain Vanilla cake

Nearly a month ago I wanted to make a plain vanilla cake. Though very long back I tried some method (before the blogging era) , I was not pleased with the outcome.So after a lot of googling and blog hopping, I got a solid idea and some confidence to make it from scratch. There were many recipes and I chose to try Cham's infallible Plain vanilla cake recipe and the result was amazing.

Thank you Cham!

The below recipe is from Cham of Spice club. I have halved the quantity to make one 8x8 inch cake. Click to see the original version.

Plain vanilla cake baked and allowed to cool before slicing.

Plain vanilla cake sliced and arranged.

(To make one 8x8 square cake)
All purpose flour (maida) -  1 cup
sugar- 3/4 cup
egg - 3 (medium size eggs)
butter (unsalted) - 1 stick (8 tbsp / 113 gms)
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Bring the eggs and butter to room temperature , by keeping them outside the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Grease the baking pan with 1/4 tsp butter.

Mix the dry ingredients like maida, baking soda, baking powder by sieving twice.
(This makes the cake spongy).

Add the egg, butter, sugar, vanilla essence , salt to a blender / mixie and beat till it turns fluffy.

Add the dry ingredients and beat well. we can mix the dry ingredients by using a fork / spatula also.

Pour the cake batter in to the greased pan and shake / tap it to release the air.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
(Test the quality of baking by inserting a skewer and see if it comes out clear).

Plain vanilla cake is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve as dessert or tea time snack. Icing is optional.

Calorie calculation: (from main ingredients)
AP flour 1 cup = 400 kcal.
Sugar 3/4 cup = (1 tbsp = 45) = 45 x 12 = 540 Kcal
butter 1 stick = 100 x 8 tbsp = 800 Kcal
egg 3 = 70 x 3 = 210 Kcal
Total calories (approx) in this plain vanilla cake = 1950 kcal

(data courtesy : Livestrong.com)
Small 6 inch cake recipe
For a 6 x2 inch round cake: 

unsalted butter 5 tbsp, softened
sugar 1/2 cup
large egg 
vanilla extract 1 tbsp
all-purpose flour 3/4 cup +2tbsp
corn starch 2 tbsp
salt 1/8 tsp
baking powder 3/4 tsp
curd (plain yogurt) or milk - 4 tbsp

Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
Sift together flour, corn starch, salt, baking powder. Keep aside.
In a mixing bowl put butter, sugar - beat for 2 min using an electric beater.
Add milk, egg, vanilla, beat together for 2 mins.
Add the flour. Beat for 1 minute.
Prepare a baking pan by applying butter a coating and coat with 1 tsp four.
Bake for 30-35 mins. 


Prema said...

This is my daughter's fav,luks very sponge...

Satya said...

very yummy cake n very nice explanation ...it will be very helpful for people like me who r new to baking ...i will try this soon ..thanks for this post

PranisKitchen said...

looks delicious .. so soft and spongy looking cake sure taste really yum.. so now ur mil will be happy with the recipe..

Nandinis food said...

The classic cake is spongy and fluffy! I'll take only one piece! Yum! Yum!

Ash said...

I love the pores..... Awesome simple flavor, favorite of all times..... Goes with anything & everything.... Good captures too that makes the prep adorable for us, for a visual treat....


Swathi said...

Plain vanilla cake looks soft and perfect. nice one.

Sushma Mallya said...

simple but love vanilla cake a lot...looks yum

Deepa G Joshi said...

wow, such a nice and fluffy cake..looks perfect..

Niloufer Riyaz said...

very easy cake to prepare. Would love to try it

Priya Suresh said...

Soft and beautiful vanilla cake, looks superb and spongy..

Life is beautiful !!! said...

Thanks a lot for this recipe Viki. I would love to give it a try :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

simply superb cake

divya said...

look very yummy ..my favorite cake can u pass to me..

Suja Manoj said...

Love vanilla cake a lot..yours looks perfectly baked..soft and spongy.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Spongy and softy vanilla cake, great job dear:)

Soma Pradhan said...

Hey this cake looks really the perfect one..Thx for sharing the measurements of this cake.. And no thanks for sharing the calorie count...It makes u guilty after u eat this trully yummy cake..

Chitra said...

Nice color. wats the replacement for egg viki, pls tell me :)

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thank you friends.
Soma: Thanks dear.Actually I sliced the cake into 12 pieces that makes 166 Kcal per piece. So that we can safely enjoy 2 pieces a day. Anyways I forget this silly calculation while eating:)

Vikis Kitchen said...

Chitra: I will definitely try an eggless version for you. So far I have heard , people replace the eggs with apple sauce (crushed cooked apple like our jam) or vinegar. I haven't tried them, but will surely for you dear.

GayathriRaj said...

Hey such a yummy and simple cake....without any cream and all this is very perfect one Viki,....loved it alot ... very used to ur blog recipes...nice and to good presentation of the procedure....

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

This looks really good!looks so soft and spongy.Thanks for sharing!

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