Thursday, July 26, 2012

Basic Vanilla Sponge Cake

I was googling for sometime now for the perfect Sponge Cake Recipe. But I had my own set of constraints. We do not eat egg, so I wanted a eggless recipe and also I wanted to go a little low on the calories so I did not want to use butter. I came across lots of recipes and finally took some this and that and came up with my own. And the cake did come out well :) 

Makes one 8" cake pan
Ingredients Required:
All purpose Flour - 1 cup
Sugar - 2/3 cup + 1 tblsp (if you have a sweet tooth you can use more)
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Oil - 1/4 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Curd/Yogurt - 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

How to make?
Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda in a mixing bowl and set aside.
In another bowl, add the curd, milk, yogurt, sugar and vanilla essence.
Give a nice mix with a whisk so all the ingredients blend well and the sugar dissolves in the mixture.
Add this mixture to the flour and mix well with a whisk till its of cake batter consistency.
Grease and dust with flour a 8" cake pan and fill it up with the cake batter (fill up only half as it will raise).
Bake in a preheated oven of 350 F for 30 minutes and 200 F for 10 minutes.
Prick with a fork to see if it comes out clean, cool for 10 minutes.
Brush a little milk on the cake while its still hot for the glaze.
Remove from the pan and cool for another 20 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!

1. For a healthier cake, take half wheat flour and half all purpose flour.
2. The quantity of milk and yogurt can be adjusted, but the total amount should be 3/4 cup.
3. The a richer cake, the oil can be substituted with melted butter.
4. The sweetness was just correct, if you have a sweet tooth, increase the sugar.
5. The trick to a perfect sponge cake is that the amount of dry ingredients (1 cup in this case) should be equal to the amount of wet ingredients(1/4 cup+1/4 cup+1/2 cup).
6. Part of the white sugar can be substituted with brown sugar for a more moist cake.
7. This is a basic cake recipe, and other ingredients can be added on top of this like - fruits, nuts, chocolate etc.

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