Easy Pomegranate Cake Recipe | Torta alla Melagrana

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Fall is a season that offers many delicious and nutritious fruits, among which the pomegranate stands out. With its juicy, ruby-red seeds, this fruit is perfect for making desserts.

In this recipe, I will show you how to use pomegranate juice to make an amazing cake that is simple, tasty, and beautiful.

Pomegranate cake is light, fluffy and has a very distinctive flavor. The pinkish color can vary in intensity depending on the color of the juice, sometimes very intense, sometimes lighter.

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The preparation of pomegranate cake is quick and easy and does not require any special skills. The ingredients are also very simple and common: flour, sugar, butter, eggs, lemon zest and pomegranate juice.

It’s a light and very fluffy cake, ideal for breakfast, snack or dessert. Serve with a cup of tea, a good cup of coffee or a small glass of liqueur.

I used a Bundt pan, but you can use any pan you like. When ready, sprinkle with powdered sugar and decorate with a few pomegranate seeds to make it more decorative.

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I also recommend pomegranate cake for Christmas and the coming New Year. Not only because of its refined and elegant appearance, but also because the pomegranate is a symbol of good fortune.

Here are all the steps to make a pomegranate cake. You will amaze your guests with its sophisticated simplicity!

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Ingredients

  • Prep Time: 10 Min
  • Cook Time: 40 Min
  • Servings: 6

Doses for a 20 cm (8 inch) Bundt Cake Pan

  • 2 medium pomegranates or pomegranate juice. You need 160 ml (~3/4 cup) of juice and some grains for decoration.
  • 200 g (1 1/2 cup) of  “00” flour
  • 110 g (1 stick) of unsulted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 medium eggs
  • the zest of 1 organic lemon
  • 150 g (2/3 cup) of granulated sugar
  • 10 g (2 teaspoon) of baking powder
  • powdered sugar for decoration

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Kitchen Tools and Equipment

  • To make Pomgranate Cake, get a really useful stand mixer to stir the ingredients well, adding them gradually without stopping mixing. I chose the Kitchen Aid Hand Mixer.
  • It’s also very important to mix the dry ingredients together. For best results, we recommend sifting the powders with a Fine Mesh Strainer. This allow the flour and baking powder to mix evenly. You will also need this kitchen tool to dust the cake with powdered sugar at the end.
  • To extract pomegranate juice you can use, as I did, a simple and common hand juicer.
  • However, there are specific tools on the market for squeezing pomegranate. Very practical and useful items if you are a regular drinker of pomegranate juice. They can also be an original gift idea.
  • I opted for a 20 cm (8 inch) Bundt Cake Pan. But you can also use other shapes of your liking with the same capacity.
  • Finally, I recommend using a cake dome to preserve its fragrance and softness.

How to Make Pomegranate Cake: Instructions

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Step 1) – To make the pomegranate cake, start by placing the whole eggs in a bowl with the sugar. Beat with electric mixer until light and fluffy.

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Step 2) – Add the softened butter at room temperature and mix well, again using electric mixer on medium speed.

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Step 3) – In another bowl, mix the baking powder with the flour. Sift the powder into the egg and butter mixture a little at a time.

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Step 4) – Add the powders a little at a time, always mixing with the whisk, until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

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Step 5) – Now squeeze the pomegranates. Remember to keep a few seeds for the final decoration. Slowly pour the pomegranate juice into the mixture and mix well.

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Step 6) – Now add the grated zest of one lemon. I recommend grating only the yellow part of the lemon as the white part would make the mixture bitter.

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Step 7) – Pour the mixture into a floured and buttered cake pan and bake at 180°C (356°F) for 40 minutes.

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Step 8) – When done, remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool. Turn the cake upside down onto a serving dish.

Finally, dust the pomegranate cake with plenty of powdered sugar and decorate with a few pomegranate seeds.

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How to Store Pomegranate Cake

You can store the Pomegranate cake at room temperature for up to two days under a dome or on a plate covered with plastic wrap.

Can I Freeze the Pomegranate Cake?

Sure. You can freeze it once it’s completely cooled and consume it within a month. We recommend that you already cut it into slices and store it in well sealed freezer bags. You can defrost it at room temperature. 

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Pomegranate Cake: Tips and Variations

Depending on your taste, you can enrich this recipe to make this cake even more beautiful and inviting.

  • CINNAMON: You can scent the dough with a pinch of cinnamon, very appropriate for Christmas days.
  • CHOCOLATE CHIPS: You can make the pomegranate cake richer by adding dark chocolate chips
  • WALNUTS: or add some crunch by adding chopped walnuts.
  • JAM FILLING: Once the cake is baked, you can also decide to cut it in half with a long knife and fill it with a layer of citrus or raspberry jam. This will make the cake even more delicious.
  • WHIPPED CREAM: As for the decoration, you can replace the powdered sugar with delicious whipped cream, always adding pomegranate seeds for the beautiful color contrast.

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SOME TIPS:

  • I remind you that the decoration should be done just before serving the cake to your guests. In fact, the powdered sugar melts after a while and is partially absorbed by the cake. While the whipped cream is likely to fall apart and become more liquid.
  • Also, the pomegranate seeds may release their juice over time and color the surrounding area.
  • Another tip I give you is to cut and peel the pomegranate with kitchen gloves and in a bowl with some water. The juice, while beautiful and delicious, is very colorful and you would risk staining.
  • I recommend that you PRESS the pomegranate as indicated in the recipe. Do not blend it, because the skin of the seeds and the hard arils inside are very bitter and would spoil the flavor of the juice.
  • Finally, you can use a pre-made pomegranate juice to make this cake, but believe me when I tell you that this cake has a really great flavor with the fresh fruit!

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