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Grape Pound Cake

Why is it called a pound cake, well…originally all the ingredients were equal parts,a pound of butter,a pound of sugar,a pound of eggs and a pound of flour.

These days although the same ingredients are used, we’ve diversified the quantities and added a few more.

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Today’s pound cakes are still buttery, rich and moist with a golden crust. In Italy this cake is called Bussolano or Ciambella Mantovana – Mantovana Ring cake. It’s usually made plain or chocolate flavour and served in the morning for dunking into coffee or hot milk.I found this recipe with it’s twist of using seasonal grapes both white and red and adding a glass of sweet white wine to the mixture.

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It has a delicate taste, nothing sweet at all to it, moist with the golden buttery crunchy crust. You’ll love it!

Read on for the recipe…

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Recipe: Grape Pound Cake

250g All Purpose Flour

150g Potato Starch

150g sugar

3 eggs

zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon yeast for cakes

1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla essence

1 cup sweet white wine…( and a glass for the cook)

200g white grapes

200g red grapes

pinch of salt

icing sugar to serve

extra red grapes, egg white and sugar for crystallized grapes for garnishing

The secret for any pound cake mixture is to make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. The butter beats even creamier if nearly melted.

Preparation of the grapes takes a little extra time here…I dislike immensely pips in my grapes, so I washed, dried and then cut into half and de-piped grapes.

Pre heat oven to 180°C.

Sift flour, cornstarch, yeast and leave aside. Butter and flour a 28 cm in diameter ring tin.

Cream the butter and sugar until a pale yellow and creamy mixture. Add the 3 egg yolks one at a time, continually beating after every one.Add the zest of one lemon,the wine and mix by hand with spatula. Gently fold through the flours.

Add the grapes and gently fold through the mixture.

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Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks forms, fold through cake mixture. Place in floured ring tin and cook in oven at 180°C. for 40 minutes. Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes upside down on cooling rack before taking out of tin.

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For the garnish of crystallized grapes…gently beat an egg white, with pastry brush coat each grape with egg white and dip into fine sugar, place on oven proof paper and leave in fridge for about 10 – 20 minutes before garnishing cake.

Serve with a sprinkling of icing sugar, cream or custard…

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    • Thanks April, It’s mid evening here and half has already been eaten! Pound cakes are always a treat!

  1. Thank you so much for stopping by. This pound cak elooks yummy. I have never thought to use graps in baking? It really looks great though.

    • Thanks for the return visit…your B&B pudding looks yummy also. This pound cake is very moist, not too sweet at all. An afternoon tea treat!

  2. Exquisite! What a divine dessert! I’ll pour the coffee; you cut the cake. Ha! Wouldn’t that be nice? The cake looks so delicious!

  3. I’ve never used grapes in baking, but imagine that it would be so wonderful to get a juicy piece of grape in every bite. Sounds refreshing.

    • True! When cooking with grapes they need to be fresh and firm…a pleasant taste each mouthful, not too sugary and a buttery crunchy crust. Thanks for calling by!

  4. Andi says

    Your cake looks beautiful and I bet it tastes even better than it looks. I really appreciate how beautifully you present all of your food. Yum!

  5. amandab75 says

    That looks so good, and as my girl is a grape fiend I am sure she would love to make it! I just need to go and get a ring cake tin 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂 , and amI mistaken, or do you have a new look around here?

    • I’m still getting use to the new look myself…thanks for calling by.
      When grapes are cooked they do have a different texture not as sweet and they sort of just melt in your mouth…it’s well worth taking out the pips first.

  6. feastonthecheap says

    I do not do enough cooking/baking with grapes. I love this idea, will definitely have to try it out!

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