I have a recipe for a sponge cake only consisting of sugar, eggs and flour. To be honest, I am a bit afraid to to try it.
How can this create a fluffy cake - where does the air come from? Won't it be really dry because there is no fat in it?
Also, when doing a cake like this, do I need to pay special attention to something? I am really skeptical that this will work.
How long can I store the undecorated cake? Where and how to store it?
- 6 large organic eggs
- 180g caster sugar
- 180g plain organic flour (sieved)
Preheat the oven to 170°C. Break 6 eggs into a very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk the eggs gently to break them up, then add the caster sugar and whisk on medium high speed until the ‘thick ribbon’ stage is reached. This means the mixture will be light, have increased substantially in volume and be of a moussy consistency. When you lift the whisk the mixture should fall slowly in thick ribbons.
While the eggs are whisking, grease three (22cm diameter) cake tins and line the bottom with a disk of parchment paper.
When the thick ribbon stage is reached, add the sieved flour and fold in very gently to fully incorporate without knocking the air out of the mixture. Very carefully apportion the mixture between the three cake tins and pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turning two thirds of the way through the cooking time. You will know when they are ready as they should be golden brown and coming away slightly from the edges of the tins. Remove from the oven and cool in their tins for 10 minutes before carefully turning out and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack.