Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Easy Sponge cake !!!

Hi All,

It's been a real long break for me. We were moving again , then had friends visiting and staying with us. Then the bigger surprise was my Dad who had not seen his granddaughter from her birth decided to make a trip to see her (not to see his daughter but his granddaughter.. poor me). So 2010 came to an end with Dad leaving back to India :(. Hmmm i really do miss my parents ..... the downfall of living in the USofA i guess !!!!!

So let me begin this post wishing everyone a very Happy New Year (though a month late)!!!! The New Year brought a never before seen snowstorm in Atlanta and it was a nightmare having to sit at home for 5 days as the roads were not cleared ..... !!!! After having lived in New Jersey this was a new experience for us ... to stay cooped at home !!! 

Here i was ..sitting at home , with nothing to do in could not go out. And my daughter hated being cooped up continuously .  My daughter loves it when the oven light goes on and stays close to it for the entire duration that something is being baked in the oven. So i decided to bake something that would go with the evening coffee.

The sponge cake recipe was given to me by a good friend Ramya of even before my daughter was born and its always turned out excellent. Every time my Hubby feels like having cake this is his first choice. It is also a hit with my DD :). But this time for a change instead of using a normal square or round baking pan i decided to put to use my brand new Bundt pan. And boy did it turn out good !!!! Or rather should i say great ;).

The above photo if you notice has been cracked on one end :(. This is because i did not allow the cake to cool once i removed it from the oven and in a mad rush turned it over. As they say i think i have to practice patience when it comes to a cake cooling down..... :).

The photo above is after cutting off the part where it was cracked ;).. and such a big piece went into the tummies of me and my DD !!!!!

Coming to the recipe ...

Ingredients :

1 stick  unsalted butter( room temperature)

1 3/4 cups cake flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 cup sugar 
3 large eggs( room temperature )
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
2/3 cup buttermilk( room temperature )

To make the cake :

Grease a square or round or in my case a bundt pan with butter and flour and keep it aside.
Also preheat the oven to 350F.

Now sieve the flour , baking powder and salt and keep it aside.

In a bowl beat together butter and sugar till its all fluffy. To this add eggs one at a time and beat each egg till its all well mixed. Now add the vanilla extract and mix it together with the butter and eggs.

Now add the flour (3 parts) and buttermilk ( bm , 2 parts)  in parts to the wet ingredients starting with flour and ending up with flour ( flour + bm + flour + bm + flour ).

Remember to scrape the sides of the bowl as you beat the mixture.

Pour the mixture into the cake pan and bake for 40 mins . 

Normally it takes me 40 mins but when i baked it in a bundt pan it was all done in 30 mins.
To check if the cake is done insert a toothpick into the cake and if it comes out clean you are all set !!!!

Cool the cake for 10 to 15 mins , invert , slice and enjoy !!!!!!

It goes well as a coffee time cake and my family loves to eat it with ice-cream and strawberries as a after dinner dessert !!!!

Let me know if you like it too :)

1 comment:

Hari Chandana said...

Wow.. Looks so soft and tempting.. Amazing clicks too.. First time here. .Lovely blog !!

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