Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Yuzu Honey Castella (Kasutera) Cake 柚子蜜糖长崎蛋糕, and Giveaway..

Finally i managed to taste the real Castella cake in Osaka..And i realized that the texture is quite difference from the earlier recipe that i tried..Thanks to Alan aka Travellingfoodies inspired me to get this Yuzu powder and guide me where to get Castella cake in Osaka..



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Here are my experiences on real Castella cake, i tasted two difference brands.
Before i found the shop that Alan told me, i found this quite cheap Castella cake in a supermarket. The texture is light and fluffy, but the taste was very sweet and not that fresh.. Luckily i could enjoyed it with a cup of green tea from the hotel..Ya, take note that hotel in Japan usually don't provide coffee..if i know this earlier, i am sure bring some coffee along .

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The 2nd Castella cake I tasted was from this shop that Alan told me. A bakery shop just specialized in Castella cake..They have many flavours but i bought the orignal flavour and also the cake was freshly bake from the oven the other day and we need to finish within 4 days..


So this is the real Castella cake i tried..the cake was moderate light, quite fluffy, moist, rich in honey aroma and not too sweet..
I found the texture was not as fine as per the recipe I tried earlier. Difference method thus resulted difference form of texture..

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Also they add Turbinado sugar at the bottom, very nice thought!

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After came back home from Japan trip, I try the recipe that Biren (Roti and Rice) adapted from Yummyworkshop and compare which recipe is close to that real castella cake that i tasted. I would said the recipe adapted by Biren is very close to the real castella cake..But from the ingredients mentioned in the packing, Yummyworkshop's recipe is lacking of milk, butter and millet jelly (Thanks to Yee helped me to do the translation) . Maybe one day i will try to add these ingredients to check the result (if i can find the millet jelly)..
This time i also added Yuzu powder that i bought in Kyoto, so this Castella has mild citrus aroma, very refreshing indeed. I am also planning to use this yuzu powder to make chiffon, swiss roll and buttercake..stay tuned..


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Again I bought extra Yuzu powder, and I would like to giveaway to my readers who currently residing in Malaysia and Singapore only (sorry to other country's readers because the distance and postage cost)..To enter, just leave your comment in this post and closing date is on this Sunday 8th July 2012. Please identify yourself if you are under Anonymous. Two winners will be selected by random.org. Gift will be sent using normal post delivery. Good luck !!

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So here is the recipe that i tried with Yuzu powder, but i have to omit Turbinado sugar as i could not find it here. I also did not drop the pan from one foot height as per suggested, instead i just upside down the cake. If you do not own a wooden box like me, you can just follow to the orignal recipe that using square pan.
This recipe is quite simple to make, just need a stand mixer to mix all ingredients and very similar like making a chiffon cake.






Yuzu Honey Castella Cake 柚子蜜糖长崎蛋糕
(Recipe source: Inspired by Roti and Rice, adapted from Yummy Workshop)

4 egg white (157g)
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5 egg yolks (86g)
125g fine granulated sugar
100g Bread flour and 3tsp Yuzu powder, sifted twice
15g Turbinado Sugar (I omitted)
50g Honey (diluted with 2tbsp hot water)

Method
  1. Pre-heated oven to 160C.
  2. Pre­pare pan: line insides and bottom of wooden box with baking paper and wrap bottom with foil.
  3. Place egg whites in mixing bowl and mix with a mixer on high speed for about 30sec-1min (at KA mixer speed 8) and start adding sugar in spoon by spoon. Beat until firm peaks are formed (take about 2mins at KA mixer speed 6)
  4. Add yolks one by one and mix on low speed until well combined.
  5. Add sifted bread flour and yuzu powder and mix on low speed until just combined.
  6. Add honey and hot water mix­ture and mix on low speed until mixed.
  7. Pour batter through a sieve into cake pan, use a spatula or whisk to help the thick batter go through the sieve.
  8. Tap pan on the counter to remove any large bub­bles in the batter.
  9. Bake in pre­heated oven for 60mins or until golden brown on top (at middle to top rack).
  10. Once the cake is done, remove from oven, place a non-stick parchment paper on top of the cake and follow by another cake pan, turn up side down the cake. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. When the cake is cool enough to handle but still warm (~15mins), invert the cake again, remove the pan and wooden box. Continue to cool on a wire rack.
  12. Once cake is cooled, wrap nicely with paper and film. Chill in the fridge overnight before serving (This step is critical to ensure the Castella has a moist texture).

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Also Thanks to Helena for given these two lovely cups !

124 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi sonia,
I am ur silent ready from klang,
My name mdm Tan.

joceline lyn said...

哈哈哈。。。。。。我疯狂的笑着进来。。。。。。因为我等这个分享等了好久!咔咔咔~
一道好好吃的蛋糕。非常想念这个味道。
Sonia,大大声地向你致谢~
Thank you very much!
Kob Khun Kah!
Terima kasih!
谢谢!

Hody Loh said...

i already try up Biren recipe...it very nice and my friend and family love it very much....happy to know that Bired recipe very close to the real castella cake....
HOpe this time i am the lucky one..hahaha......

myme said...

Sonia你太慷慨了,又有礼物送!!哈哈哈~~
这次我要参加抽奖了,Yuzu汁我有常见,Yuzu粉呢是第一次见哦!!
感谢你无私的与我们分享 ^o^

Sem said...

maybe you should try to drop the cake pan from one foot high as suggested by Biren, to prevent the shrinkage of the cake after it's cooked.The theory provided in morethanbread.net
I thinking adding Yuzu powder is a good idea,does it tasted like orange sponge cake then, just wondered.

Mandy said...

看到这蛋糕就想到那天的长崎蛋糕,好好吃呀~~
我也来碰碰运气咯。。嘻嘻!
谢谢sonia!

eileenlee said...

u are really kind enough and always buy thing with extra, how lucky to have a great friend like you.

hopefully this round will be 'eileen' ya, ha ha ha !

珊珊 said...

这长崎蛋糕。。。。我好像还没有吃过也。。。
看起来好好好好吃哟!!!

SONIA你真好大方也。。。。又要给博友送东西了。。
很谢谢你呢!!
那那我也来玩玩好了。。。。。。

Ah Tze @ Awayofmind Bakery House said...

lovely yuzu honey castella cake! i hv not try on the original Japan made castella, hopefully can have a change to try it out, at the mean time i would be happy to have a slice on your beautiful castella :)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Sem, earlier i just have doubt whether should i drop the pan or not since i use wooden box but not normal pan..there was slight shrunk but not major one.Next time i should try to drop the pan like you suggested to see any difference..Thanks.

Anonymous said...

after reading your castella post the other time..i bought a bottle of mirin but have yet to try it...hope i am the lucky one to win the yuzu powder :-)

suelee0210

Li Shuan said...

Sonia, only Jane got this powder I dont have, I want to join the lucky draw. I am M'sian and still have M'sia mailing address...hahaha...!!

The cups match your table cloth...Nice!

Li Shuan said...

eh..eh..click too fast.... the cake is very nice, thanks for having the trouble to bring all the way to the hotel ...We all like the cake and sakura cookies. I will make the cookies for my parents when they come over to visit in 2 weeks time.

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

我也来了
我要这个粉
特别的呢:)

Melinda said...

Hi Sonia,

Nice looking cake!!! Hope I will be the "lucky" one...

Princess Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing great recipes with us and also the amazing giveaways. Let's hope I am the lucky one :P

Fong's Kitchen Journal said...

interesting cake... din know is made from bread flour. thanks for sharing

Phong Hong said...

Oh, your method no need to beat the eggs over a pot of hot water. I want to try. The cake looks really good and this time hope can kena and get the prize!

Mel said...

From your experiences you have gathered, it is kind of you to share it with us here! Hmm....called me country bumpkin, I never knew of the wooden box pan used for the baking. Will try to bake this one day! And those two tea cups are really pretty!

YumMum said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! Hope I can win this time!


Catherine Teo

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Yours looks so good, if for me to do, sure dont know become what...

yvonne said...

I've seen many posts on castella cake but I have yet to try it out myself. I'm a cake lover and am sure I would love this one to bits!

Yuzu powder with mild citrus aroma? Yummy~~

wvfy said...

hi Sonia,

I am one of your daily & silent reader too...
Thanks for kind sharing of all the recipes...:)

Yen Ang said...

Your castella cake looks so nice, the taste must be very good too.
Hope I'm the lucky one this tome

zila norazila said...

nice cake sonia.. thnks share the stp by step pic,hope i'm the lucky also lols

spdong said...

今天我不玩抽奖,把机会让给其他人。所以纯粹来吃妳家的蛋糕!:)

Casey said...

谢谢你的分享,学习了!
我也来碰碰运气咯!

Simple Person said...

if i win can i have the cake instead of the powder.. lol

The Sweetylicious said...

your castella cake look so pretty and yummy!! (: i've tried making it and mine have a hard layer at the bottom but the top is superb! (: will keep trying! and thank you for your generous giveaway (:

shan said...

这是我们那天吃的长崎蛋糕!好吃!

柚子粉真的好特别!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Oh gosh, every time I see castella cake posts from you just reminds me how much I want to get the mould Sonia! Your mould looks like the one I want, lol! How much did u pay for it? If not too expensive, I'm serious about getting one this time. Thanks! How special! Yuzu powder! I bet the castella cake is very tasty and refreshing...yums!
It'll really make my day if I can get the powder! Thanks for your generosity...always thinking of your readers even when you're traveling. :))

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia,

Let it be me!

amanda :)

Baby Sumo said...

Oh I've eaten Castella cake before... last time our friend from Japan would always buy for us.

The texture is quite similar to Madeira cake hor but Castella got the added honey taste.

CaThY said...

wow, nice cake! I hope to win the yuzu powder ;)

love2dine said...

What a great idea! I can’t wait to make them!!

Sherreen said...

Never tasted yuzu before...I wondered how it taste like...

娇娇 said...

蛋糕好好吃的样子哦~^^
这一次我也要参与,希望幸运之神可以眷顾我下下。。哈哈哈

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for this giveaway, I hope to win this time.


Lee Bee Lan

My Little Space said...

Isn't it fun to try the original baked! I'm sure now you know how the real one taste like. Is the yuzu powder tasted stronger than the bottling concentrated yuzu.
Kristy

My Little Space said...

Sonia, I don't think I have any luck on this kind of giveaway. haha.... Will try your recipe if I won the powder.
Kristy

Bernice said...

哇,蛋糕做得好好哦!想吃(¯﹃¯)
我也来碰运气 :) 感谢Sonia的大方~

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia,

Would love to have the powder too..

Grace

Angel @ Cook.Bake.Love said...

First time heard of yuzu powder. I love yuzu hope that I am the lucky winner.

Ur cake looks very tempting.

Vivian Pang said...

I try this cake before and it shrink terribly. When looking at your lovely cake texture tempting to try again :D anyway hope I have the luck of getting your giveaway :)

anne said...

Maybe I could pay the postage if I win ?! lol That castella cake looks really delicious ! Your own cake looks as good as the one you bought from Japan ! :D

Honey boy said...

What a perfect castella!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia,

You are truly generous and a kind soul:)

Xiujuan

Susan Lee-Symons said...

Hi Sonia, I am one of yr silent readers. Yr cake looks yummy and lovely.
Fr Susan Lee

ykristen said...

Maybe if i win the powder i will get to try castella cake as well when i use your recipe to make it.

Eileen@Hundred Eighty Degrees said...

Hi Sonia, I am not ready to try castella cake until I get the wooden block. Your cake looks pro!

Alice said...

hi Sonia, hope this time i'm lucky enough to get the yuzu powder so i can try your recipe
looks so soft and spongy...yum!
thks for being so generous with the giveaway :)
btw, i love the cups! :)

Yee's Corner said...

Wow.... Wow ..... Really wanna bite onto my phone screen as the cake look so yummy! You're so generous to share your recipe & gifts you brought all the way from Japan! Thanks you Sonia!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I really enjoy reading about your experiment with kasutera. Yuzu powder is nice as real yuzu fruit is hard to get. I know one day you will make really good kasutera. Even in Japan there are many different kasutera stores and each one is slightly different. I'm sure yours is very good already because you made it! ;-)

Tracy Low said...

很特别的粉哦,我也来看看有没有运气!

Tracy Low said...

很特别的粉哦,我也来看看有没有运气!

Anonymous said...

Oh Sonia,
You're such an inspiration for me to try out new recipe & method. And such a tease....yr lovely food pix is making me weak & not following my diet regime. BTW, I'm Malaysian and would love to win the yuzu powder so can try yr castella cake recipe :)

Debby

sabrina 莎莎 said...

Sonia~~~
wao~~ 我那么迟才来留言。。不知幸运之神会降临到我的身上吗??看你提起和我们之前试过的食谱的味道是不一样的。。搞得我好想试试那滋味。。。即使没那么幸运得到柚子粉,我还是希望可以品尝到哪位幸运儿的作品呢~~~^^还是sonia你请我吃好了。。哈哈!!!

Jelyn said...

Dear Sonia

I simply love anything with Yuzu flavour :)~~~~~~

Hope i m lucky this time!!!

Smiley said...

So special,10s 4 ur sharing,wish me luck to get it. (*_*)

Anonymous said...

Silent reader from Kathryn here,good temptation cake,beh tahan,treat me eat ya!
kathrynccl@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia
I love all your baking and cooking, marvellous.
I'm Christine from KL.

Thanks
Christine

Anonymous said...

Hi, love your recipe very much ! Hope to win the powder to bake this lovely cake ! Thanks !


Jasmin

Yummy Bakes said...

Wah ... another awesome cake.

Rima said...

Woahhh Sonia! My hubs love this cake! Will try to bake it someday!

Angie Ng said...

这次我一定要参加抽奖了,因为已经错过了一次。。。。哈哈哈!

那天吃过你做的这蛋糕真的很怀念,本来还想上网找食谱等有空时再来玩,你的食谱来的正是时候。。。呵呵!
很感谢你无私的把食谱与我们分享。。谢谢!

Sow Ling said...

hi, i want to try my luck to win the yuzu powder. if i am not that lucky, can i omit this yuzu powder or substitute it with others?
what is the size of the wooden box for this recipies?
thank you.

Zai said...

Hi Sonia
What is mirin? where can i get it.
Zainab

Siew said...

me too, me too, you can send it to my house in Msia... thank you! :)

蓝色小厨 said...

Look nice and spongy, I like this~

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Sow Ling, yes, you can either omit the yuzu powder or replace with matcha powder. You can use 7" normal square pan line insides and bot­tom of pan with foil and add a piece of parch­ment paper onto the bot­tom.

Zainab,
You can get Mirin from Jusco or Isetan.

Anh said...

Look very nice!Wish I could get yuzu powder here!

Anonymous said...

Silent Reader:
Very nice cake,I want try my luck here.
Rgrds,
Carmen from Ipoh (puikuen_329@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia

Your castella cake looks very yummy... Yuzu Hmmm = )

I love anything Yuzu !

I would love to try this recipe with your yuzu powder !

Thank you for the giveaway

Blessings
Christine T
cteo23@gmail.com

蚊子 said...

nice cake~ can i have some ?haha

weichin said...

Sonia, nice castella cake. I hope that I could get yuzu powder.

Anonymous said...

Lovely cake... i want.. i want to try out.. but i need the yuzu powder!

KY

Anonymous said...

hello sonia...can i substitute yuzu powder with yuzu jam to make this cake? hope i will win this :p

CY
choongyuen@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi, nice cake ! I hope to be the lucky one to win your lovely gift to bake it ! Thank you so much !


Kate Lynn

kimmy said...

Hi Sonia, heard so much about Yuzu. Haven't got a chance to try the Castella cake while in Japan [tight schedule]. I did baked a Castella cake but didn't post the recipe cos' I find it too sweet to my liking. Maybe yours will change my mind to bake another.

sasa said...

U make me feel like flying to osaka now, shd planning for next year :D

Zai said...

Hi Sonia

can I omit the yuzu powder? Don't know whether there is in spore.

Small Kucing said...

I wonder if i can HCP this

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia,

Thanks for sharing! Hope I can win this giveaway too!

-Josephine Goh-

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia woulike like to know how can i see ur whole page recipe as it is alway partially blog, its like seeing only three quarter of it. nice to hear u r giving yuzu powder hope i could have one here. Thanks for sharing all ur lovely recipes
From
llchoo02@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

hi sonia..thanks for sharing all your beautiful photos and recipes

rgds
janet9280

Edith said...

Been pending to try this recipe you posted earlier now. Now with an improved version, no more excuses.

Can you give me your address? Thanks.
Edith

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

Love your cake but can't eat,love your yuzu powder but can't have,Love ypur puckled sakura slso can look look onlt,Sonia,you are torturing me here! I guess I just have to bear with it & will ask my gf to get for me the next time she goes back to Nagoya( I mean the yuzu powder. & pickled Sakura)!

Cheah said...

This yuzu honey castella cake looks so delicious,like the colour.

Julie said...

Beautiful cake,Sonia!!

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Grace said...

Wow..yuzu! Heard so much about it but have never tasted it before...but know that it is 赞!

Would I get a chance to try it out?
=)

gethemax@gmail.com

coldkohmew said...

Yum,i want a dose of Japan!

sweetsamsations said...

Yummy Sonia!! I love castella cakes and have yet to make one!! Yours look really lovely! Glad it turned out pretty similarly to the one you tried in Japan!! I'm looking forward to the other chiffon and swiss roll recipes you'll be posting up soon!

Karen said...

Sonia, u are really kind, go travelling sure bring back something for lucky draw :)

i yet to try this castella cakes, wanna to try soon. by the way, where can i buy the wooden box?

your cake really nice.. ehh, i dun mind if i can win the cake instead of the powder lei.. hahhaa :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia

I'm your silent follower of your blog. My name is Elaine Leong.

travellingfoodies said...

great to know that you found yuzu! I'll try biren's castella cake soon! :)

Anonymous said...

hi,tis is the first time
to join in this giveaway contest,
your bakes and home cooked is where i major my cooking,,u are such a great person to share all your tips n skill,i sincerly appreciates,god bles forever,,for your
wonderful heart of gift....

Anonymous said...

hi,,tis is the first time to chip in tis giveaway contest,your are a grateful person,whom never been selfish always share your tips to others,i appreciates n envy most,
God Bless Forever...
jayne--- .

Lynette C said...

Your cake looked yummylicious! Thank you for the step by step photos. This is a BIG deal for me who do not bake or cook well. You inspire me to want to try the Yuzu powder.

Yan said...

This cake looks so awesome. It raised so well and the texture looks so fluffy and smooth. It would be nice to take at my tea time.

茵茵 said...

This cake looks so yummy! I have heard so much about yuzhu but have never tasted it before. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Min said...

I always say I wanna bake Castella cake, but till now still no action. Love your cake, really awesome :)

Jeannie said...

Looks like everyone is very eager to win this yuzu powder lol! Good luck to all of us :D I have tried Biren's recipe and the cake turned out really nice! Glad to know hers is nearest to the original castella:D

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia,

I am one of your silent follower and have tried few of your recipes. It's easy to follow and delicious.

Cheers.
LC

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia

Wow your cake look like those store bought ones!!

Hui Lin

Unknown said...

Recently I bought this cake from a Japanese bakery and I like the honey taste :)

lena said...

thank you for telling us the taste of the castella cake that you had in japan..how nice you can get to taste the original one..!! i wonder when i get to travel to japan.....

Corinne said...

Wow i wonder when I get to taste the real castella

Faeez said...

Sonia,
I've yet to taste or bake this cake. Would really like to bake & then taste it one day!

mui mui said...

Hi Sonia,
Love the nice colour of your Castella cake. I never make a castella cake before. I would love to try it out with your recipe in future. Now, I would like to try piece of yours..:p

Jane Chew said...

Good job! Thumb up!!! I love this post so much. Thanks for sharing. Will definitely try this out as soon as possible. I just made 2 castella last week. If i saw urs earlier i should have tried yours. ANyway i will have a go soon.

Kalyan said...

tempting indeed...mouthwatering dish & the clicks!

Kimmy said...

Sonia, my friend will be going to Japan next month. Can advise where we can buy the Yuzu powder?

nigeleats said...

Hi Sonia, my parents bought a castella cake back to singapore awhile ago and it tasted pretty good. Will love to try making one on my own when I have the time!

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Anonymous said...

Where do you buy the yuzu powder in Singapore? Just went to Istean and Takashimaya yesterday- to no avail. Takashimaya did have a bottle of 100% yuzu juice for $68. I thought about it for a minute and decide that was a CRAZY price.

so just wondering ...Where did you buy the powder? Cheers!

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Miguel.M said...

Sorry Sonia but you never tasted the real original "Castela" cake, since it is not japanese but portuguese!

Its name is "Pão-de-Ló" also known in very old days, as "Bolo Castelo/Castle Cake/Kasutera"
Wich is obviously uncomparably better than its japanese descent.

It was taken to Japan by the portuguese navigators in the XVI century (as long as the Tempura which is also a portuguese origin dish).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castella

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