A freshly baked sponge cake is simply irresistible. The aroma of a soft and homemade cake is truly enticing. You can bake easy and simple sponge cakes perfectly for your friends and family on special occasions or even on a busy weekday to simply enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or for your ever-hungry growing kids. Sponge cakes can also form the base of many other dessert recipes like truffle puddings and frosted cakes. So, here is the simplest method of baking a sponge cake at home.
The first step is to sift the flours well, so that they are aerated well. This is the secret behind making a good and soft sponge cake. Take 2/3rd cup of each of the three flours, i.e. the refined flour, self rising flour and cornflour in a sieve and sift them together in a bowl. Repeat this sifting five times to ensure that the flours get enough air in them.
In a separate wide mouthed bowl, break the eggs and add 1/3rd cup of castor sugar. Mix them well with a handheld electric mixer at high speed for about six minutes. By this time the mixture becomes fluffy and risen to three times its original volume. If you tap the bowl at this point from the bottom, it should give a hollow sound indicating that the mixture has lots of air in it now.
Now fold in the rest of the dry flours very gently with a spatula, carefully so that the mixture doesn’t lose its airiness.
Next pour in the mixture in a greased spring fork based cake tin. Spin the bowl a few times on the work surface so that the cake’s surface becomes evened out.
Preheat an oven to 190 degrees C and put in the cake for baking for 20 minutes in the pre-heated oven.
For a simple yet delicious twist, you can cut the cake transversely into two halves and spread some soft cream and jam on the lower half. Now cover it with the top half and sprinkle the remaining castor sugar on the top surface.
You can now serve your soft freshly baked sponge cake and enjoy its delicious aroma that lingers on for a long time in the kitchen.