Berry Pound Cake with Whipped Cream
For the Fourth of July, a pair of pound cakes iced with lightly sweetened whipped cream and topped with blueberries and raspberries will garner grateful salutes. The cakes have a dark, crusty exterior and a moist, vanilla-kissed interior. Pipe the cream onto the cakes with a pastry bag fitted with a leaf tip -- practice first on parchment paper, weaving back and forth to create a ruffly pattern. Then pile on plenty of berries to make the cakes as vibrant as the Stars and Stripes.
- Servings: 20
- Yield: Makes 2 loaves
Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2006
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pans
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup (about 4 ounces) fresh blueberries
- 1 cup (about 4 ounces) fresh raspberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pans. Line with parchment paper, allowing a 1-inch overhang on long sides. Butter parchment; set aside. Whisk together flours, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
Put butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the milk.
Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake until dark golden and a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 15 minutes. Lift cakes out; let cool completely on rack. Trim tops of cakes level. Cakes can be stored at room temperature, covered, up to 1 day.
Put cream and confectioners' sugar into the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Transfer whipped cream to a pastry bag fitted with a leaf tip (such as Ateco #113). Pipe a ruffled pattern on tops of cakes. Pile blueberries in center of 1 cake, and raspberries in center of the other.