Posted by: Jonjon | March 22, 2009

Asian – Cake – Kasutera Japanese Sponge Cake 9/10

Asian – Cake – Kasutera Japanese Sponge Cake 9/10

March 22 2009

500% eggs, bit of salt, 115% honey, 280% sugar, bit of vanilla extract and lemon juice to all purpose flour

* 60 g German #550 flour 20g
* 1/4 tsp Salt 1/16 salt
* 7 Eggs 2 eggs
* 1/4 cup Honey 92g 23g
* 220 g Sugar 55g
* 1 tsp Vanilla extract ¼ tsp
* 1/5 tsp Lemon juice 1/20tsp lemon juice

Method / 做法:

1. Preheat the oven to 170C/340F. Line two 28x10cm loaf pans with parchment paper. Sift the flour and salt and set aside.
2. Place the egg yolks, honey, 200 grams of sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water and beat at high speed until the mixture is thick and pale. Fold in the sifted flour in two additions.
3. Beat egg whites electric mixer on a low speed one minute, and then add in lemon juice. Increase speed to medium-high and continue to beat until foamy. Sprinkle in 20 grams of sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. With a rubber spatula, fold the egg whites in thirds. Divide batter into two prepared pans. Bake the cake in the center of hot oven for 35-45 minutes.

This was really good. Tasted like that honey cake from Taiwan when it came straight out of the oven. Should only fill it up to 2/3. Because it rose up heaps, and it did not crack on the top *perhaps because I took it out after 3 minutes of baking and scraped the air bubbles of the top. It rose beautifully, and when it come out, it retained its state. However, after I took a piece out to sample, it began sinking. I think the sinking wasn’t caused by me trying to take a piece out to sample, which created a little gap for the escape of air, but rather, it sunk because it was cooling. I wasn’t sure what the reason was, but apparently other reviewers had the same problem. Anyways, after it cooled down a little bit , I immediately wrapped it in plastic bag and popped it into the fridge. By the way, there were some ..moist , almost wet parts in the cake after taking it out, but I’m sure it was cooked.


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