Sunday, 15 April 2012

Chocolate Sponge Cake

I didn't have a high expectation of my success rate with this cake before I started. Surprisingly, I got it at the first try on the recipe. The texture is very very spongy, the taste is not overpowering, so it should be a good candidate for layer cakes. It is still a bit crumbly and moderately moist. I think that's because I substitute the glucose with honey. The recipe is adapted from Chocolate Sponge Cake - FoodHouse8.

Need to to try to get a flat top in the next bake...
  • 203g whole eggs (make sure the eggs are not too cold or too close to room temperature. I have tried beating eggs right after they are out of the fridge and left to room temperature. Both didn't give me a good results of stabilized egg volumes.)
  • 32g egg yolk
  • 135g sugar
  • 21g honey (Original recipe calls for glucose but I am not going to buy a tin of glucose just to use 21g, so I substitute with honey)
  • 1g salt
  • 32g corn oil
  • 21g cocoa powder 
  • 106g cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 21ml milk
  1. Line the bottom (only) of an 8" round cake pan with grease proof paper.
  2. Heat up corn oil until just warm. Add in cocoa powder and mix well, set aside.
  3. Beat whole eggs, egg yolks, sugar and salt on high speed till foamy. (when you see big bubbles formed)
  4. Add in glucose and continue beat on medium speed till the eggs batter in ribbon stage. (When you lift the beater, the beaten eggs will drop back to the bowl and stay for about 1 second before disappearing.)
  5. Sift cake flour and baking soda, using the beater on low speed, mix about 3-4 rounds in 1 direction. Make sure no streak of flour can be seen.
  6. With a spatula, take 1/3 of the batter and mix it into the cocoa mixture.
  7. Pour in this mixture to the remaining batter, fold to combine well.
  8. Add in milk and mix well.
  9. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 35 minutes at 180C.
  10. Remove from the oven and invert the pan immediately. Let cool completely before unmoulding.

Rising in the oven...

Still rising high, please do not collapse when you cool down...
After cooling down, luckily didn't shrink much...pheww

Nice texture...
Soft and spongy :)

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