Recipe: Grand Champion Sponge Cake

  • Updated: August 20, 2014 - 2:20 PM
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Steps for success: 1. The finished product — spongecake. 2. Slowly add the sugar to the egg whites while mixing. 3. Mix the egg whites and sugar to a peak. 4. Mix the dry ingredients and egg yolk mixture for 4 minutes, until the batter ribbons off the mixer blade. 5. Gently fold the mixtures together from the bottom of the bowls. 6. Pour the batter evenly into the pan. 7. Before baking, remove large air bubbles with a flat-edged knife.

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grand champion sponge cake √

Serves 12 to 16.

Note: Cake flour is in the baking aisle under several brand names such as Softasilk, Swans Down or King Arthur. This recipe first appeared in Farm Journal magazine.

• 1 1/4 c. cake flour

• 1 1/2 c. sugar, divided

• 1/2 tsp. baking powder

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 6 eggs, room temperature

• 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

• 1/4 c. hot water

• 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place rack in the center position.

Sift together flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt into a small bowl. Set aside.

Separate the eggs, placing the whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and the yolks in a smaller bowl.

Using the whisk attachment, beat the whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar and continue beating on medium high speed, gradually adding the remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Keep beating until the whites form glossy peaks that are stiff, but not dry. Gently scrape the beaten whites into another bowl and set aside.

Combine the yolks, sifted dry ingredients, 1/4 cup hot water and vanilla in the mixing bowl. Using the paddle attachment, beat at medium high speed for 4 minutes, or until light-colored and fluffy. When you lift the beater, the batter should slowly fall back into the bowl like ribbon folding upon itself.

Add about one-third of the beaten whites to the yolk mixture and gently combine to lighten the mixture. Fold in the remaining whites, cutting down through the mixture with the spatula, moving across the bottom and coming back up to fold the mixture over the top. Repeat, turning the bowl, until the ingredients are evenly distributed with no visible streaks. The goal is to combine the mixtures without deflating.

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  • Slowly add the sugar to the egg whites while mixing. ] (SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE/BRE McGEE). ]

  • Mix the egg whites and sugar to a peak. ] (SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE/BRE McGEE)

  • Mix the dry ingredient and egg yolk mixture for four minutes until the mixture ribbons off the mixer blade. ] (SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE/BRE McGEE)

  • Gently fold in the mixtures together from the bottom of the bowl. ] (SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE/BRE McGEE)

  • Remove large air bubbles caught in the cake batter with a flat-edge knife. ] (SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE/BRE McGEE)

  • Pour the batter evenly into the bundt pan. ] (SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE/BRE McGEE)

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