|From the cookbook America's Best Lost Recipes|
A strange name for a cake, but it doesn't matter because it is delicious. A cold oven, not pre-heated, is exactly how this cake starts. The pound cake has a dense yet light texture, rich flavor, and a crunchy top crust that melts in your mouth. If the picture is tempting you give the recipe a try, you won't be disappointed.
Cold Oven Pound Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup skim or 1 percent milk (see note)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 large egss, separated, room temperature
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. (Do not heat the oven.) Grease and flour a 12-cup tube pan. Whisk the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk the milk, vanilla, and egg yolks in a large measuring cup.
2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Beat the butter, shortening, and sugar together on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, and add the flour mixture and the milk mixture alternately in two batches, beating after each addition until combined. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the egg whites. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and place in the cold oven.
3. Heat the oven to 300 degrees and bake the cake for 45 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 325 and bake until a toothpick instered in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 20 minutes, run a knife around the edge of the cake, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely, at least 1 hour. Serve. (The cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.)
Note: It is important to use skim or 1 percent milk, using 2 percent or whole milk will result in a heavier cake, with less height.