Moist Mango Pound Cake
An easy and moist mango pound cake made with basic ingredients.
Posted By Savita
This moist, mango pound cake needs nothing more than a dusting of confectioner's sugar to set off it's classic looks. With rich tropical mango taste, and subtle notes of coconut, this easy cake is an excellent dessert to keep in mind when you have a houseful of guests.
Summers mark the OFFICIAL Mango season and it will not be fare if we don't enjoy some delicious mango desserts. Isn't it?
Can you believe, this is my first seasonal cake recipe, on blog, this year? Even though I love baking and addicted to baking breads whole season, cakes and desserts always take a back seat. Even at thought of making something sweet, my "savory" mind redirects me to a different route!
For similar reasons, cake I bake are often fruit cakes which need nothing more than dusting of powder sugar and a dollop of sweetened heavy cream, at the maximum! Such cakes can be served for an informal dessert course and are even great for tea-time snacking or a family brunch.
I specially love the fact that I can simply wrap the leftovers in plastic wrap and savor a slice with tea next day. Trust me, on contrary to box-mix, or artificial flavored cakes....... fresh fruit based cakes taste even BETTER the next day.
Pound cakes are mostly served dusted with powdered sugar. One reason, because these cakes are so rich and moist, that icing or frosting is not required!
To keep this cake rich and moist yet milk and cream free, I have used coconut milk instead of dairy cream. Whole-fat Coconut milk not just beautifully replace heavy cream, but also gives this cake a delicious coconut taste.
PS: To make this cake fully dairy free, you have to replace butter with canola oil, coconut oil or cocoa butter.
Always Make from Scratch!
For an authentic homemade texture, I bake everything from scratch and always use unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten free nut-flours for baking breads and cakes. For home baking, I don't want that fine texture which is courtesy of extra fine-ground flours like cake flours. Trust me, more fine the flour is; more mess it creates in our body.
I always have a container of all-purpose flour in pantry and I use it for almost everything. A good quality unbleached all-purpose flour is really good enough for most home baking. In-fact, while baking breads, I add a portion of Whole Wheat Flour to incorporate whole wheat nutrition into many baked goods.
One simple question to ask: Why are we baking at home? In my books, to keep it health-friendly, wholesome, and yet tasting good. In my honest opinion, if you need those fine, pure-white cakes, it is cheaper to buy one from store! But! Caution! It also comes laden with lots of unhealthy ingredients like - bleached extra-fine flours, corn syrup, artificial preservatives, and artificial flavor enhancers.
While baking a Pound Cake or any cake in general, a few things I always keep in mind:
1) Always use room temperature ingredients. (Never use fridge-cold ingredients, ever!)
2) Always make sure oven is well preheated.
3) Always measure ingredients properly.
4) Never over-bake the cake.
5) Don't over-mix the batter.
6) Don't remove cake from pan too early or too late.
And above all, always follow the recipe :)
Even though this is my first seasonal cake of the year...... I'm certain, my love for seasonal fruits and twisted classics have made to blog before.
Here are few of my favorites so far:
Specially, if you are looking for an eggless cake, I highly recommend trying the Egg less Mango Cake with Chocolate Glaze. Try this recipe and you will be surprised - how moist, rich, and delicious an egg-less cake can be!
Don't wait friends! Weekend is finally here! Go get some mangoes, make Mango Pound Cake and enjoy with family!
Have a great weekend! -Savita
It's Mango Season!!!
Moist Mango Pound Cake
- 1/4 Cup Coconut milk (use full fat milk, or if can't find, use heavy cream)
- 1.5 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 2-3 Mango (or 3/4 cup Kesar Mango pulp. If using fresh mangoes, only use non-fibrous alfanso/kesar mangoes)
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Canola Oil
- 1 tsp Coconut Extract (if can't find, use vanilla extract)
- 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter (at room temprature)
- 2 Egg(s) (large eggs, at room temprature)
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- Mango (fresh, diced)
- Powdered Sugar (for dusting)
Mango Pound Cake
DirectionsHide Step Photos
1. Pre-Prep - Preheat oven to 325 degree F. Prepare a 7 inch round pan (or square pan) with butter and flour. Rub the interior of pan with butter, then add flour and swirl it around to make a coating. Set aside. Also, peel mangoes, and using food processor puree the pulp to yield about 3/4 cup puree. (add 1-2 tbsp water if puree looks too thick or lumpy. It should be smooth like pancake batter. Not runny or too thick )2. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together room temperature butter and sugar until pale yellow in color.
3. Batter should be creamy, pale yellow and not gritty (sugar fully dissolved)4. With mixer running at low add 2 eggs (one at a time), blending well after adding each egg. Also add coconut extract, coconut milk, oil, and 1/2 cup mango while mixing. Mix on medium for good 4 minutes or until mixture has good volume, and is creamy.
Additional NotesMake sure you use good quality ripe mangoes like you get in Indian stores. Please don't use white, low-sweet mangoes. Those won't make good cake.
5. In a bowl, add flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and sift together. Add 2 batch flour to wet mixture, 1/3 at a time, and fold with rubber spatula after every addition. Then add remaining 1/4 cup mango puree, last batch of flour and fold in.6. Don't over mix. Just use gentle strokes until dry flour is moistened.
Additional NotesOver-mix will make cake very dry. So use gentle few strokes.
7. Transfer batter to baking pan and bake for 65-70 minutes or until cake is golden brown and tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.8. Leave the cake on kitchen counter for 5 minutes.
9. Then loosen the edges with knife and flip the cake on cooling rack. Cool the cake completely before slicing.
For personal preference, I have kept this mango cake very lite sweet. You can add 1/4 cup more sugar if you like sweeter cakes.
If can't find fresh mangoes, you can also use frozen mango puree. Thaw it fully before using.
Please view video above the recipe or follow this link to view video : Mango Pound Cake Video
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