Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The Joy of Baking - 1929 Sponge Cake
This recipe was Tom's request for his birthday cake today. It comes out of my late mother's recipe box and is from her childhood neighbor. I am typing it out first exactly how the neighbor (??) wrote it, and then will add my notes. In the picture, the additional notes are my mother's and mine. So three different people writing on the same handwritten recipe; isn't that a wonderful thing?
Beat 3 eggs without separating until a light colored, thick froth is the result.
Add 1 cupful granulated sugar and beat again with the egg beater until very stiff.
Mix in 4 tablespoonsful of cold water.
Then sift together twice one cupful of flour, 1 teaspoonful baking powder (I use 2 teaspoonsful of Grand Union Baking Powder), and 1/4 teaspoonful salt.
Add to mixture and beat the whole to-gether before putting in cake tin.
Flavor with 1/2 teaspoonful lemon.
Bake in angel cake tin.
I use my KitchenAid mixer to make this cake, and it comes out light and wonderful.
I, too, use 2 teaspoons baking powder (though not Grand Union).
I add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
I grease the pan, and use a tube pan.
I bake it at 350 F. about 30 minutes.
This is so good that you don't even need frosting. When I have frosted it, I have used a chocolate buttercream frosting, and also a regular buttercream frosting with added lemon juice.
Tonight it will be the lemon frosting, but I decided to take the picture before so you could see the beauty of the cake. Too bad I couldn't show you the great taste. :<)
Oh, and here is the birthday boy himself doing the nightly chores.