SERVES 10-12
Dessert

Ingredients

Part 1: For the cake
  • whole milk,6,tablespoons,at room temperature (plus 1 1/2 tablespoons for the coffee),
  • eggs,6,,large,at room temperature,
  • vanilla extract,2,tablespoons,,nielsen-massey-tahitian-vanilla-extract
  • self-rising flour,1 3/4,cups / 200 grams,,
  • all-purpose flour,2/3,cup / 100 grams,plus extra for dusting,
  • salt,1/2,teaspoon,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • granulated sugar,1 1/2,cups / 300 grams,,white-sugar
  • unsalted butter,1 1/4,cups plus 1 tablespoon / 300 grams,soft but not oily (plus extra for greasing)
  • cardamom,1 1/2,teaspoons,freshly ground,black-cardamom-pods
  • instant coffee granules,1 1/2,tablespoons,,
  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder,2,teaspoons,,
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Coffee and Cardamom Pound Cake

This recipe is adapted from the Perfect Pound Cake recipe in Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Cake Bible. As it really is a perfect pound cake—moist and dense—it’s hard to do anything other than follow Rose’s exact method. We diverge on one point, though: while Rose says that the cake doesn’t work in a large pan, we find that baking it in a Bundt pan—where the tube in the middle enables the heat to distribute evenly through the cake as it bakes—works just fine.

This is best served once completely cool, to allow the flavors to develop. In an ideal world, you’d make it in the morning and serve it six to eight hours after baking. We know that the difference between the ideal and the reality is often great, however, so don’t lose sleep over a few hours here and there. — From Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Buy this book from Indiebound or Amazon.

Reprinted with permission from Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photography credit: Peden + Munk © 2017

 

Written By Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh | Oct 24, 2018

Ingredients

Part 1: For the cake
  • whole milk,6,tablespoons,at room temperature (plus 1 1/2 tablespoons for the coffee),
  • eggs,6,,large,at room temperature,
  • vanilla extract,2,tablespoons,,nielsen-massey-tahitian-vanilla-extract
  • self-rising flour,1 3/4,cups / 200 grams,,
  • all-purpose flour,2/3,cup / 100 grams,plus extra for dusting,
  • salt,1/2,teaspoon,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • granulated sugar,1 1/2,cups / 300 grams,,white-sugar
  • unsalted butter,1 1/4,cups plus 1 tablespoon / 300 grams,soft but not oily (plus extra for greasing)
  • cardamom,1 1/2,teaspoons,freshly ground,black-cardamom-pods
  • instant coffee granules,1 1/2,tablespoons,,
  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder,2,teaspoons,,
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Step one

Preheat the oven to 375°F/195°C. Grease and flour a 9-inch/23-centimeter Bundt pan and set aside.

Step two

Place the milk, eggs and vanilla extract in a medium bowl and lightly whisk, just to combine.

Step three

Sift both flours and the salt directly into the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment in place, then add the sugar and mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the butter and half the egg mixture and continue to mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then gradually add the remaining egg mixture, in two batches, making sure the first batch is fully incorporated before adding the next. Don’t worry if your batter looks slightly split; it’s due to the large proportion of eggs in the batter, but it won’t affect the final result.

Step four

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and divide the mixture among two bowls. Add the ground cardamom to one bowl and fold to combine. Warm the 1 1/2 tablespoons milk in a small saucepan, then place in a small bowl with the coffee granules and cocoa powder. Stir until the coffee dissolves and the consistency is that of thick but pourable milk. Combine this with the cake mixture in the second bowl.

Step five

Spoon the two mixtures into the prepared pan in four alternate blocks, two of each color. Then, use a skewer or small knife to make a zigzag-shaped swirl once through the mix to create a marble effect. Do not be tempted to overdo the swirling as you will lose the effect of the marbling.

Step six

Bake for 40–45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside for 10 minutes. The cake tends to dome in the oven, so if you want a perfectly flat base (the top will become the bottom once it’s inverted), just slice off the top to flatten it out before turning the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Ingredients

Part 2: For the icing
  • instant coffee granules,1 1/2,tablespoons,,
  • whole milk,3,tablespoons,warmed,
  • confectioners’ sugar,2,cups / 240 grams,,
  • unsalted butter,2,tablespoons,at room temperature,
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Ingredients

Part 2: For the icing
  • instant coffee granules,1 1/2,tablespoons,,
  • whole milk,3,tablespoons,warmed,
  • confectioners’ sugar,2,cups / 240 grams,,
  • unsalted butter,2,tablespoons,at room temperature,
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Step seven

To make the icing, combine the coffee and warm milk in a small mixing bowl. Add the confectioners’ sugar and butter and whisk until smooth and thick.

Step eight

Spoon the icing all over the cooled cake, so that it drips unevenly down the sides. Allow the icing to set slightly before serving.