Pound Cake: Preheat oven to
350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter or spray
with a non stick vegetable spray, a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan. Line the bottom of
the pan with parchment paper and butter the paper.
In a medium bowl lightly
combine the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
In the bowl of
mixer (or with a hand mixer), combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt,
and sugar) and mix
on low speed for about 30 seconds or until blended. Add the butter and half of
the egg mixture. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for about
one minute to aerate and develop the
cake's structure. Scrape down the sides
of the bowl. Gradually add the remaining egg mixture, in 2
additions, beating about 30 seconds after each addition to incorporate the egg
and strengthen the cake's structure.
Scrape the batter
into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula or the back of a
spoon. Bake for about 55
to 65 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted
in the center comes out clean. If you find the cake browning too much as it
bakes, cover with a piece of lightly buttered aluminum foil after about 30
cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Remove
the cake from the pan and cool completely on a lightly buttered wire rack.
Will keep, well
wrapped, several days at room temperature, about one week when refrigerated, or
it can be frozen for two months.
Cut the pound cake into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick slices. Cut the slices into
rounds, using a 2 or 3 inch (5 or 7.5 cm) round cookie cutter. Spread about 1
teaspoon of jam on each round of pound cake. Then, place a nicely rounded scoop
of vanilla ice cream on top of the jam. Place the rounds on a baking sheet or in
a plastic container, cover with plastic wrap, and place in freezer until the ice
cream has become very firm (about two hours or up to a couple of days).
Frosting: In the
bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, whip the cream until soft
peaks form. Add the Raspberry Jam and whip until incorporated. Remove the ice
cream cakes from the freezer and cover each cake with the whipped cream. Return
the cakes to the freezer to set (about two hours or up to two days).
To Serve: Remove
the cakes from the freezer about 10 minutes before serving. Garnish each ice
cream cake with a fresh raspberry.
Makes 12 - 2 or 3
inch (5 - 7.5 cm) ice cream cakes.