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Many years ago (35+) my grandmother received a container of a 'sponge cake improver' from a family member whom was a commercial baker. She describes it as looking like a thick amber liquid or paste.

The method of using it was to put two teaspoons of this improver into a mixer with all the other ingredients, beat on high, and then turn into the cake tin. The result was a high quality sponge, every time.

I've tried searching for what this product might be called, but turned up short.

Without resorting to scouring a commercial baking centre - can someone identify what this commercial sponge cake improver would be?

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A quick search seems to suggest it's a liquid emulsifier. It's not the most natural of products: a couple of E-numbers and propylenes in there.

http://www.rajfoods.net/cake-improvers.html

Click across to Cake Gel Improvers.

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Thanks, looks like this is the way to go. –  Will Hughes Jan 27 '11 at 11:51

Look at the PentaCake cake improver version for sponge cakes: http://www.long-life-cakes.com/pentacake.asp?nodeID=324&itemID=427

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Nice. Are they available outside Israel? –  J.A.I.L. Nov 19 '12 at 13:11
    
The PentaCake Gel is exported worldwide, but for industrial use only (1 MT minimum quantity per order). –  user18865 Jun 21 '13 at 15:38

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