Have you ever wondered about the origin of pound cakes? At first a pound cake had a pound of flour, eggs, butter, and sugar each. That’s a big cake!
The ingredients are ¾ cup softened butter, 1 ½ cups sugar, 3 eggs, 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ½ cup sparkling apple cider. The glaze requires ¾ cup powdered sugar and 3 to 4 tablespoons sparkling apple cider.
I began by creaming the butter and sugar together.
I alternated adding a part of the flour mixture and apple cider into the creamed butter. I stirred after each addition. I began and ended with the flour mixture.
After the cake had cooled, I prepared the glaze by combining the powdered sugar and sparkling apple cider. I added the cider gradually because it is very easy to make a very runny glaze. I pored the glaze over the cake.
This was rich and tasty. I was surprised how little I could taste the apple cider. It is very subtle. I wouldn’t have guessed it was an ingredient if I hadn’t added it myself. Don’t make this expecting a strong apple flavor.
I tried to use fancy angles to hide the fact that my cake sunk. It sunk because it was under baked.