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Mexican Corn Loaf Cake

Course: Dessert
Servings: 8

Ingredients

For the Corn Cake:

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour 194g
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 6g
  • 3/4 tsp fine salt 3g
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 113g
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 70g
  • 1 1/8 cups sugar 225g
  • 3 large eggs separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 4g
  • 2 ~3 drops yellow food dye
  • 3/4 cup cream corn 150g
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn 50~90g

For the Buttercream:

  • 4 large egg whites 130g
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar 166g
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter  170g

Instructions

To make the Corn Loaf Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 5 loaf pan with baking spray, set aside.
  • Sift cake flour, baking powder, and salt twice, set aside.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter until very silky and pale in color, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Scrape bowl and paddle frequently. Add oil and sugar. Continue to beat for another 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla. Add in a tint of yellow food dye to get a yellow color.
  • Remove bowl from stand mixer. Sift dry-mixture in three batches, folding with a rubber spatula. Fold in creamed corn and finally corn kernels.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan, baking until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean with a few moist, not wet, crumbs, about 45 to 55 minutes. Let rest in pan for 15 minutes before transferring loaf to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the Buttercream:

  • In the cleaned bowl of a stand mixer, combine egg whites and sugar. Place bowl over a pot filled with a small bit of water* (*that's not touching the bottom of the bowl). Whisk for 5 to 7 minutes. until sugar is dissolved.
  • Transfer bowl to mixer and whip mixture until glossy and fluffy, about 10 minutes to get glossy, firm, and cooled down. Slowly add softened pieces of butter, continuing to beat until combined. Add in pinch of salt, if desired. (Optional: you can add a pinch of salt or vanilla to the frosting, but for this recipe I chose to omit such things so that buttered corn flavor was achieved)