One of my all time favorites is a simple sponge cake, growing up this cake was part of my family's Sunday tradition. It is super easy and extremely versatile. I use it for variety of desserts. It is favorite with kids, excellent with fruit, whipped cream or alone.
Haniela's Easy Sponge Cake
(for 9inch or 8 inch cake pan-it will be taller)
Preheat oven 350F
Butter and flour your baking pan.
In a medium bowl sift together flour salt and baking powder, set aside.
In a clean bowl, whip egg whites with a pinch of salt, once soft peaks are formed, gradually add 1/2 of the sugar, whip until shiny and stiff peaks are formed. Don't whip it too long though, you want the egg whites to retain moisture, turn the mixer off at once when stiff peaks are formed.
Scrape the whipped egg white into another bowl. Set aside. Put all the egg yolk into the mixing bowl you just used for making the meringue. It is okay, it doesn't have to be spotless. Add remaining sugar to the egg yolks, using same wire whip attachment, mix the egg yolks, first at medium speed and then at high speed, once your egg yolks have doubled in volume and became pale in color, add oil, by tablespoon, mixing well after each addition, then add warm water, by tablespoon, mixing well after each addition.Add vanilla extract and beat until combined. Turn of the mixer.
The most important part about making the sponge cake is the process of combining, egg yolk mixture, egg whites and flour.
Using fine mesh strainer sift about 1/3 of flour into the egg yolk mixture and carefully fold the flour in with a spatula, then add about 1/3 of whipped egg white mixture and fold in. Continue with rest of the flour and whipped egg whites, until no streaks are visible. Be gentle and don't over mix. You are looking for a light and airy batter.
Fill your buttered and floured pan and bake until tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.25-30 minutes.
|I trimmed the top of the cake off to level it before using|
You can now fill your cake with jam, buttercream, cream cheese, fruit, whipped cream etc.
Unfilled Sponge cake also be frozen.
Tips: Adding pinch of salt to egg white when making meringue helps to stabilize the egg whites, this is an old trick my grandmother taught me, you can also use 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar for the same purpose.