The picture is what lured me into trying this recipe. Not my picture. My photo looks like this.
It was this photo of a cake with such a smooth, even, brown looking crust that got me. It appears to be as smooth as a Sara Lee crust, and what happened to the edges? I guess they trimmed them off and just left the top? But photo aside, I wanted to test Crisco’ s method of making a pound cake with oil and using the easiest mixing method in the world, the muffin method.
Surprise, surprise! The texture was kind of like a really dense, sweet, muffin. Not entirely, just sort of. It was definitely a heavier than usual cake, but that was to its benefit because it made it more amenable to grilling without falling apart. But that doesn’t mean you have to grill it, because it’s perfectly fine iced and served by the slice.
And then there’s the issue of how clean your grill is. I’m not saying my grilled cake slices tasted completely like smoke, chicken and cajun seasoning, but let’s just say there were some subtle nuances in the background. I preferred the cake un-grilled, but loved the idea.
Oh, one last thing! I didn’t use the lemon and almond extract, but rather a mixture of McCormick Vanilla, Butter & Nut extract and Sonoma Syrup’s Vanilla Bean Crush. Using oil instead of butter wasn’t a problem as far as flavor goes because the cake had plenty of it. Do make sure you use really fresh, good quality vegetable oil. If the oil is older you might detect it in the cake.
- 1 1/2 cups (6.8 oz) Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour (Pillsbury’s Best is Bleached)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup plain yogurt, regular fat kind not non-fat
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- Peel of 1 lemon, grated (I used butternut extract)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (I used vanilla)
- 1/2 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with flour-added cooking spray.
- Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. I sifted the flour because I’m suddenly in the habit of doing it even though it’s not always necessary if you weigh your flour.
- Combine the yogurt, sugar, eggs, and flavorings in a large bowl; whisk well to blend. Gradually whisk dry ingredients into yogurt mixture. Stir in oil; mix until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake until cake begins to pull away from sides and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Using a small, sharp knife, cut around edge of cake to loosen. Turn cake out onto rack; turn upright and cool completely.
- At this point, you can pour icing over it or take it to the next level and grill it. Heat your grill as you usually would, spray grill with cooking spray, and grill slices of cake for 1 to 2 minutes per side.