Sunday, March 2, 2008

Baking a simple sponge cake

Simple Sponge Cake

A sponge cake is very easy to make. The ingredients can be found readily and the cake can be prepared in less than 2 hours. It's simplicity makes it attractive for bringing to parties, celebrating the birthday of a relative or an emergency resort for the next bake sale.

Ingredients you will need:

150 grams of butter
150 grams of sugar
150 grams of flour
3 medium sized eggs
One teaspoon of vanilla essence
One tablespoon of water*
One teaspoon of baking powder (less if you want a flatter cake)


Step 1 - Measure out all the ingredients you will need.
Step 2 - Mix the eggs with the sugar, then mix in the butter (you may want to heat the butter to soften it up so it mixes easier)
Step 3 - Add in the vanilla essence
Step 4 - Sift and fold in the flour slowly, mixing all the while. Make sure that the mixture is even, press out any lumps you encounter.
Step 5 - If the mixture seems very thick and gooey, you might want to add in a tablespoon of water.
Step 6 - Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
Step 7 - Grease a tin with butter and pour the mixture into in, even it out with a spoon and don't fill too much as the cake will rise.
Step 8 - Bake at 175 Degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes, you may lower the temperature slightly halfway through if your cake starts to char. Try not to open the oven too often while baking. To check if the cake is ready, prick it with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean then it's done, if some gooey cake mix is on the toothpick, you need to bake a while longer.
Step 9 - Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving. You may add topping of your choice.

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Tip: Slice the cake in half horizontally and spread jam inside for a delicious treat for tea!

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