Hi guys, I'm totally new to this but totally hooked. I make a lovely moist Victoria sponge and a lemon drizzle cake, this is the full extent of my repertoire so far! Lol. It's my 6 yr old son's birthday next week and wanted to make a novelty shaped cake. I have a feeling the soft sponge cake recipe might be wrong for a cake which needs to keep it's shape under roll out icing? Am I supposed to make a Madeira cake for this? Or if anyone has a tried n tested basic recipe I'd be very grateful. Thanks x
why don't you try the white Almond sour cream recipe that is here, what shape will it be? Try a pound cake recipe also. I would not make the Madiera cake for this project. I will try to find you a dense sponge cake recipe that doe rise icely but is not too spongy, I tried it for the 1st time several weeks ago and really liked it for stacking, Now where is it? lol
6 large eggs, separated
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar, divided
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water
Zest of 1 medium lemon
1 cup (100 grams) sifted cake flour
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon (15 grams) granulated white sugar
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American Sponge Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Have ready an ungreased two-piece 10 inch (25 cm) tube pan.
Separate the eggs while they are still cold, and cover the whites and yolks with plastic wrap to prevent a film from forming on the egg yolks and the whites from drying out. Let the yolks and whites reach room temperature before using (this will take about 30 minutes). (Having the yolks and whites at room temperature will ensure that the eggs reach their full volume when beaten.)
Meanwhile sift and measure the cake flour and then whisk the flour with 1/4 cup (50 grams) of granulated white sugar. Measure another 1/4 cup (50 grams) of granulated white sugar and set aside for beating with the egg whites.
Place the final 1/2 cup (100 grams) of granulated white sugar in your electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer). Add the egg yolks and beat on high speed for about five minutes, or until they are thick, fluffy and light colored (when you slowly raise the beaters the batter will fall back into the bowl in a slow ribbon). At this point beat in the vanilla extract, water, and lemon zest. Sift the flour/sugar mixture over the batter but do not fold in. (You will fold the flour mixture into the batter along with the beaten egg whites.)
In a clean bowl, with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add the 1/4 cup (50 grams) of granulated white sugar and continue beating until the egg whites are shiny and stiff peaks form. Gently fold a little of the whites into the batter to lighten it, and then add the rest of the whites, folding just until incorporated. Do not over mix or you will deflate the batter. Pour the batter into the tube pan, evenly spreading the cake batter with your spatula.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and immediately invert. If your tube pan does not have feet then place on top of a bottle or bowl. Cool for at least one hour before unmolding. Run a spatula or sharp knife around the inside of the pan and then remove the center core of the pan. Then run the spatula or knife along the bottom and center core of the pan. Invert the cake onto a greased wire rack.
At this point the cake can be served plain with a dusting of confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar or with fresh fruit and softly whipped cream.
For Whipped Cream: In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine. Cover and chill the bowl and beaters in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.
The cake can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a few days. This cake is best the day it is made.
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