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The best ever sponge cake
There is one cake that you can be served anywhere in the world. No matter if you are in Europe, Asia or America. And that is sponge cake.
There are zillions of sponge cake recipes and all says that they are the best. I have tried several recipes and never liked any of them. Sponge cakes tend to be a bit dry and if you are not careful they will become too dry and who really likes dry cakes?
Well I don´t so I continued my search for the ultimate sponge cake recipe.
There are several ways to make a sponge cake but what all the recipes have in common is that the cake should be airy and light. Many recipes say that a sponge cake doesn´t contain fat or that it only uses separated gems and yolks. Well this recipe doesn´t follow those guidelines at all.
A sponge cake is excellent as a base when you make fairy cakes or chocolate cakes for example.
The good thing about this cake is that it doesn´t matter if you use cream, milk or water as fluid, it will still be very tasty.
100g/ 3,5 Ounces butter
2tsp baking powder
1 + 3/5 cup flour
1 + 1/5 cup single cream/milk /water
How to make the cake:
1: First preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F – Medium heat.
2: Melt the butter and set aside.
3: Beat the eggs and sugar until creamy and white.
4: Add the butter and cream/milk/water to the egg mixture.
5: Mix baking powder and flour together in a separate bowl.
6: Gradually add the flour and baking powder, stir well. Don’t worry about stirring too much, the more you stir the better in this case.
7: Bake in a greased round bundt pan 20cm/9*13inch a small cake pan for 20-25 minutes.
The cake should be golden when ready, use a toothpick to insert in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean the cake is ready.
Ways of using a sponge cake
It doesn´t need to stop here, after you have made your cake. By making a sponge cake you can create different cakes and desserts, all you need is to use your imagination.
What you can do with your sponge cake:
Cut it into two pieces so you have one bottom and one lid. Fill the bottom with cream, jelly, jam, chocolate, mousse, berries, sweets, anything you want.
Cover with the lid and add more cream and decorate. A perfect birthday cake.
Cut into smaller pieces and fill a glass cup with the cake and cream on top. Add some berries, like blueberries to decorate the cake.
You can make mini cakes, make one big cake in a rectangular form and cut out mini cakes and fill just as you would fill a big cake. Perfect for a birthday party for kids, everyone gets their own cake.
Cover or fill the cake with jelly, put in the fridge and cover with cream and decorate as you please.
Try different mousse to fill the cake with, you can have a layer of lemon mousse in the middle and a layer of vanilla mousse on top. Decorate with lemon grass or coconut flakes.
Don´t be afraid to try combinations you have never tried before. If you are making a cake for a birthday party make a test cake before so you don´t get any surprises on the day.