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Burnt Miso Pound Cake

October 15, 2018
13 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Cook time 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Makes 1 pound cake, 1 cup sour whipped cream, 1 1/2 cups apple compote
Author Notes

From All About Cake by Christina Tosi: "In all honesty, I would never have even contemplated putting miso (a deeply flavored fermented soybean paste) into a dessert until I challenged myself to try every ingredient in the Momofuku dry storage prep kitchen in 2006. Wowza, was I surprised by the incredible flavor miso brought to sweet, butter-based sauces like butterscotch and buttery pound cakes. I quickly learned that the combination of savory miso, the bright yet homey flavor of an apple, and the rich vibe of sour cream made an unstoppable flavor trio. I use shiro miso when I bake. Also referred to as white miso, it is the mildest on the market and has the perfect amount of saltiness to go along with sweet concoctions."
Reprinted from All About Cake. Copyright © 2018 by MomoMilk, LLC. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. —Christina Tosi

What You'll Need
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Burnt Miso Pound Cake
  • For the Cake
  • 100 grams shiro miso (5 tablespoons)
  • 145 grams buttermilk (2/3 cup)
  • 100 grams grapeseed oil, or other neutral oil (1/2 cup)
  • 150 grams unsalted butter, melted (1 stick, or 8 tablespoons, plus 3 tablespoons)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 310 grams sugar (1 1/2 cups, plus 1 tablespoon)
  • 290 grams cake flour (2 1/3 cups)
  • 65 grams light brown sugar, packed (1/4 cup, plus 1 teaspoon)
  • 5 grams baking powder (1 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 gram kosher salt (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 recipe apple compote (recipe follows)
  • 1 recipe sour whipped cream (recipe follows)
  • For the Sour Whipped Cream and Apple Compote
  • 110 grams heavy cream (1/2 cup)
  • 110 grams sour cream (1/2 cup)
  • 20 grams confectioners’ sugar (1/4 cup)
  • 4 grams vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 granny smith apple, medium
  • 200 grams sugar (1 cup)
  • 4 grams pectin NH (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 2 grams ground cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 gram kosher salt (1 pinch)
  1. For the Cake
  2. Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  3. Spread the miso out in an even layer, about 1/4-inch thick, on the lined baking sheet. Bake it until the miso is browned and quite burnt around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t be a ninny! The edges should be quite burnt and there should be patches of burnt spots all over the top. Remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  4. Reduce the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 1-pound loaf pan.
  5. Scrape the miso into a blender. Add the buttermilk and oil and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Whisk the melted butter and eggs into the miso mixture.
  6. Whisk the sugar, cake flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a separate large bowl.
  7. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and stir to combine. If the batter looks lumpy, use a whisk to break up all the lumps.
  8. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake until the cake rises and puffs, about 80 minutes. At 75 minutes, tap the top of the cake with your fingertips: The cake should bounce back and the center should no longer be jiggly. If it doesn’t pass this test, leave the cake in the oven for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
  9. Let the cake cool in the pan for 45 minutes, then run a small butter knife or offset spatula between the edge of the cake and the pan to help release it. Invert the pan onto a wire rack to fully release the cake. Turn the cake right side up and let it cool completely before slicing.
  10. Before serving, toast the slices lightly then dollop each with apple compote and sour whipped cream.
  1. For the Sour Whipped Cream and Apple Compote
  2. For the Sour Whipped Cream: Add the heavy cream, sour cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract to a medium bowl and use a whisk to whip them into soft peaks, about 2 minutes, depending on how fast and furious a whisker you are.
  3. The following steps are for the Apple Compote: Peel and dice the apple into 1/4-inch chunks. Measure 200 grams (1 2/3 cups) of the diced apple (eat the rest as a snack!).
  4. Stir the sugar, pectin, cinnamon, and salt together in a small bowl. Add the diced apple and toss to combine.
  5. Heat the apples in a small, heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat. The apples will begin to release liquid. Continue to heat the mixture on low until the released liquid begins to boil. Cook the apples on low, stirring occasionally, until they have thickened and softened, but haven’t broken down entirely, about 15 minutes.
  6. Let the mixture cool completely before using. The apple compote will keep in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 1 week.

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9 Reviews

reneemika October 6, 2023
Company and family absolutely loved this dessert -not overly sweet and slightly savory umami flavor and the compote was essential is you like the sweet hit along with a small
dollop of cream on top. Making this again!
Siobhan February 5, 2022
Interesting recipe! The crumb was tight and the cake remained moist the next day. The whipped sour cream was excellent with this but I would probably omit the apple compote if I make this cake again.i made it for a dinner party and my guests asked for an extra slice to take home! Kudos to Christina Tosi for being so creative!
Sophie June 2, 2019
This cake turned out excellent! It is slightly moist with a sweet, salted caramel taste. I made it as specified with no substitutions, however I cooked it in a bundt pan. Not sure about exact cooking time but >1 hr. Didn't make the apple compote or whipped cream, but did top it with a dollop of creme fraiche. Highly recommend!
Claudia T. November 3, 2018
Made this but my pound cake rose too high and the middle part wasn’t cooked after 80 minutes. I had to add 8 more minutes to the cooking time. Did anyone else have this problem? And does anyone know how I can prevent this?
Little P. October 22, 2018
Where to we find pectin NH?
Tawnya D. October 20, 2018
Interesting recipe. I didn’t have cake flour but subbed in mostly barley flour and some all purpose to hold it together. It was tasty but slightly intense. Agree with apple compote and whipped cream paired with it.
Sipa October 19, 2018
I wonder how this would be with red miso. I have some in the refrigerator and I’d love to use it rather than going out to buy a new container of white miso just for this recipe.
Dina S. October 20, 2018
Same here, I have red miso in the fridge.... 🤔
porchapples February 25, 2019
Should work well -- I used dark organic barley miso and dark brown sugar rather than the light brown -- delicious butterscotch flavor and nice crumb, moist texture -- hope you went ahead!