Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chocolate Sponge Cake (Basic)

I had been using this sponge cake recipe for all of the chocolate layer cakes lately and since this is a basics sponge cake, I think I should create a separate post for easy reference.  This recipe is similar to the vanilla sponge cake I posted previously except  10g of flour is replaced by cocoa powder.  This sponge cake is feather light, although it's a bit more work than other easy sponge cake recipes, I believe you will agree with me that it's worth the effort.

Here you go.. Basic Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe

Recipe:
Ingredients  (7” square or 8” round or Two 6" round)
- 4 egg Yolks         
- 35g caster sugar  
- 2 tbsp milk 
- ¼ cup Oil (or melted butter)
- ½ tsp Vanilla Essence
- 70g Cake/ Top Flour } sifted
- 10g cocoa powder    }
- ½ tsp Baking power }
- 4 egg whites 
- 90g castor sugar

Method
1. Whisk egg yolks and sugar  till lighter in colour, pale yellow.
2. Microwave milk and oil or melted butter for 20 sec and immediately stir into the egg yolk mixture (Step 1) with a hand whisk.
3. Add in vanilla essence and sifted flour and cocoa powder. Stir till smooth.
4. In another mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks formed. Add in the sugar a portion at a time and beat until 70% stiff. Fold in 1/3 portion of the egg whites into egg yolk mixture (step 3) and mix well. Repeat the same step for the remaining egg whites till finish. Mix well.  Don't overmix.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven at 160*C for 40- 45 mins.

6. Once bake, let it cool down before slicing into layers.

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