Friday, March 7, 2014

Golden Sponge Cake 黄金海绵蛋糕

When my daughter first tasted this sponge cake, she told me this cheesecake is so light and good. But I told her that this is not a cheesecake but just a normal sponge cake. She just couldn't believe it! I am regret that I didn't make this good sponge cake much earlier.




 
The best thing is you can make this sponge cake anytime you want as the ingredients used are common, butter, flour, eggs, milk and sugar..

 Important tips to get this sponge cake right:-
1. bake it over low temperature first then later increase temperature to medium, and always bake it at the lower rack. So the cake will not shrink at all after it gets cool.
2. Also you need to have stable meringue which requires you to beat till stiff ..Don't worry stiff meringue created dry cake texture, because the batter is using 烫面 "Tang Mein" method (that means cook the egg yolk batter first).


 
I removed this cake using "bare hands" method. I will try to put up a video on this method soon.

 
This cake is less sweet, so I could enjoyed with some homemade blueberries jam..



Golden Sponge Cake 黄金海绵蛋糕
*makes a 6.3" (internal diameter) x 3" height round cake tin with removable bottom (not a non-stick)

50g butter (salted)
50g cake flour
3 egg yolks (A size)
55g milk

3 egg whites (A size)
50g caster sugar
6g corn starch

Method
1. Prepare a cake pan, don’t need to line paper.
2. Immediate separate cold eggs from fridge (easy to separate this way) into two mixing bowls. Set aside to return to room temperature.
3. Melt butter in a saucepan, once you see small bubbles, remove from heat.
4. Immediately add in flour, quickly stir to become batter (at this stage, the batter is thick. Also suggest to transfer this batter to another clean mixing bowl), then add in milk, mix well.
5. Add in egg yolk one at a time, stir well on each addition. The batter is slightly runny if compare to normal chiffon batter.
6. Mix sugar and corn starch together. Beat egg whites till foamy, gradually add in sugar and corn starch mixture (in three batches) and continue beat until approaching stiff peaks (meringue stand straight up with a little curve at the tip) or till stiff peaks (this stage is a bit difficult to fold with egg yolk mixture)
7. Take 1/3 of meringue and use a hand whisk to mix well with egg yolk batter.
8. Fold in 1/3 of meringue and use a silicone spatula, gently fold with egg yolk batter till slightly combined. Fold in the balance meringue and gently fold till well combined.
9. Pour into cake tin, bake at pre-heated oven at 140C (no fan) for 25mins at low rack, then increase to 170C (no fan) for another 25mins.
10. Once baked, turn your chiffon tin upside down and cool completely before remove from the tin.

Reference : meishilife cookbook, by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover


108 comments:

Somewhere in Singapore said...

I'm early today, come to grab a pc for my tea break later...

Mel said...

Oh wow, gorgeous cake. Yes, I saw this slice cake at your Instagram page. Indeed, it sure fool me thinking that this is a cheesecake. Im sure alot of us will follow suit to bake this cake to indulge in.

Angie Schneider said...

Looks super soft and spongy, Well done, Sonia.

Victoria Bakes said...

wow! i nearly thought this was light cheesecake.. i cannot believe this is just a normal spongecake. i MUST make this for sure

Juliana said...

This cake look perfect Sonia...I love the texture and like it less sweet as well...
Thanks for the recipe, hope you hare a great weekend :D

Esther Lau said...

I think these photos are well taken .
Love this feather light sponge cake. Bookmarked the recipe. thanks for sharing.

Sally said...

好美的蛋糕哦,食谱我要收起来谢谢你哦。。

请问如果我不放corn starch可以吗?

xing hui said...

Wow, Sonia this is really a good and nice cake, and it is very beautiful. Can i ask, can i put the bottom with baking paper? cause i don't have a removable bottom tin. thanks.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Sally, I suggest you replace corn starch with 1/4tsp of cream of tartar as to stabilize the meringue.

Xing Hui, yes, you can but remove the cake while it is still warm as to avoid hot air trapped a the bottom

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

那张有果酱的有诱惑到我哦,想吃:)

Gloria said...

Wow the cake looks gorgeous.. So spongy..too good dear.. Even i thought it was a cheesecake..

Yummy Bakes said...

Wow .... so beautiful and its looks very soft.

nandoos Kitchen said...

Oh Wow! this looks gorgeous.

irene myme said...

乍看之下,真的很像cheesecake。嘻嘻~~
我喜欢这蛋糕的表面,好平滑哦!

Aunty Young(安迪漾) said...

有惊喜的蛋糕!
好绵细,松软的组织。
佩服!!!

Kimmy said...

Hi Sonia, looks so even, smooth and nice colour. Thanks, I'll try

Lite Home Bake said...

Oh yes, it's really very gold in color! Very pretty and love the fine texture!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia, after reading ur upload, i cannot wait to try out this cake. M baking it in the oven now. Hopefully all will turn out right like urs. Can't wait to see the end product. Btw, u said u removed the cake using ur hands. Is it like removing chiffon cake?
Thanks for all ur delicious recipes!

Regards,
Alicia

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Alicia, oh, you are too fast ^_^. Ya, like remove chiffon cake.

My Little Space said...

Sonia, I have also tried this method long ago but not very successful cause the cake not very well rose. But still no time to troubleshoot the problem. hehe.... Yours look great. Really soft & perfectly done. Kudos !
Hope you're having a lovely evening.
Blessings, Kristy

0620 said...

好漂亮的texture,外表又平滑
妳厉害到不行,呵呵!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia, my cake din turn out like urs. �� It cracked at the top although i followed ur recipe to the T. And when i overturn the cake to cool after taking out fr oven, the removable base slid down. Sigh! Wat cld gv gone wrong?
Regards,
Alicia

Veronica Ng said...

Sonia, thank you very much for sharing this beautiful sponge cake. Looks so good. No cracks at all. Just perfect!

May Law said...

这蛋糕烤得真美, 看那蛋糕的组织真的很细腻, 有机会也试试!谢谢分享

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Alicia, I suspect is the oven temperature problem , every oven is difference , top cracked that means top heat too high and the base slid down is under bake .Maybe you could reduced temp to 160c at the second stage and move cake tin one level up or turn on the oven fan.

Anonymous said...

Thx Sonia for ur reply. Will try baking it again n hopefully it will turn out like urs. Luv the taste though.
Regards, Alicia

Eileen Lee said...

你不介意我拿鸡蛋糕来换你像黄金一样闪亮的蛋糕吧!
嘻嘻!我赚到了!

Rosita Vargas said...

Su cake esponja es maravilloso me encanta,abrazos.

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Sony P said...

Looks soft and spongy......... Turn out really nice!! Happy to follow you will be happy if you follow me back

Nadji K. said...

Toujours de nouvelles gourmandises chez toi. J'aime beaucoup.
A bientôt

Cathleen said...

I also thought this was a cheesecake. This looks SO good

Li Shuan said...

哎哟,这个真的很鬼吸引哪。。。一看就是好吃, 我mark 了OK!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Speechless and my heart gets so excited seeing this!!! Beautiful spongecake and I'd love to try this one day!!!

Jeannie Tay said...

Impressive! No shrinkage at all! I will bake this soon! Now if I could but I can't lol!

Kimmy said...

Hi Sonia, any substitute if I don't have a non stick round baking tin?

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Kimmy, just perfect because you need a Not non stick pan or normal cake pan as the batter need a wall to climb up.

Little Ghost said...

这是我最爱的蛋糕。这蛋糕有难度,你做得非常美非常好,那么圆鼓鼓的看了我好喜欢。:)

Anne Regalado said...

Sonia , this looks like a more easier version of your orange sponge cake :D Would love to try this sometime !

teo ai li said...

Hi Sonia, you mentioned this cake is less sweet. So can I increase the castor sugar to 70g? Will it affect the texture and will it be too sweet? If not, kindly advise how much to increase to? Appreciate your reply. Thanks!

Yi @ Yi Reservation said...

This cake looks absolute amazing! Will try out the recipe!!

Little blue said...

Look spongy, soft and like the surface, until today I still cannot find 6 inch lost bottom tin around my area.....

Small Kucing said...

crossing my fingers...wanna make this....wanna make this

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

Sonia, saw ur cake the other day but too tire to leave a message here,now only come. Your cake does look a bit like Japanese light cheesecake hoh, esp with a smooth cake top. Looking forward to see your video clip soon.

Anonymous said...

Sonia, may I know yr cake tin height? My 6" cake tin with removable base is only 1.5" tall, is it ok? Your cake in the pix looks tall so thought it is better to check with you. Thanks.
Zoe

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

teo ai li, why not you give this recipe a try first? then only decide whether to adjust the sugar amount.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Zoe, my cake tin height is 3"

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia, my smallest pan is 8 inch. I've 8, 9 and 10 inch. Do I do double the recipe or 2/3times the recipe? Thank you!

Chloe

Phong Hong said...

Sonia, I am very excited to try this cake!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Chloe, 4 eggs for 7" cake pan, and 5 eggs for 8" cake pan..

caramella cakeshop said...

Hi, Sonia!

I always wonder why my sponge cake is always shrinked. I hope the cake won't shrink anymore by adapting your method. Thanks for sharing :)

teo ai li said...

Hi Sonia, thanks for reply. Yes will try the recipe as it is. By the way, how did you get such a flat (no dome or crack) top? Even the heat is so even.....I have never been able to achieve this in any of my caking baking. Appreciate if you could shed some light. Thanks!

Cass @ 揾到食 said...

Really look like cheese cake wor

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe.I tried it out and my girls love it so much.My elder girl thought it's cheese cake.I'll definitely be baking this again.thank you

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

teo ai li, just follow the recipe and tips that I shared in this post, you should get a nice cake.

teo ai li said...

Thank you, Sonia!

Anonymous said...

wow that is amazing cake , i want to do this but i want to ask about measurements, is this true or false
50 gm flour =1/2 cup
50g butter =3.5tablespoons
50g caster sugar = 12tablespoons
6g corn starch=1tablespoons
and how much 55gm milk equals in cup
please answer to me i want to make this wonderful cake
thank you

Anonymous said...

wow that is amazing cake , i want to do this but i want to ask about measurements, is this true or false
50 gm flour =1/2 cup
50g butter =3.5tablespoons
50g caster sugar = 12tablespoons
6g corn starch=1tablespoons
and how much 55gm milk equals in cup
please answer to me i want to make this wonderful cake
thank you

teo ai li said...

Sonia, one last question to go and I will be baking this tomorrow morning......... how do you remove the cake when it has cooled down? Do I use a knife to go round the cake and slip my hand to the bottom and take out the cake? You mentioned you will try to put up a video on how to do it? Will the bottom stick to the cake tin as it is not lined and greased? Thanks, Sonia!

Choi Yen said...

Looks very light and airy!

Sharon 之味 said...

嗨,初来报道。。。我是从格友哪里被这蛋糕吸引过来的。。。^^

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

anonymous, I only can measure for you when I make this cake again. please hold.

Teo ai li, sorry for my late reply. You can use a flat plastic spatula to go round the cake and bottom.

teo ai li said...

Thanks Sonia! I baked the cake 2 days ago. I failed terribly. My cake was burnt black on top but uncooked in the middle. My cake was already quite brown after 25mins at 140C. So I only baked for 10mins at 170C that's why uncooked in the middle. I took it out because it was already burnt black. I used a 3" height cake tin and the cake rose above 3" (I used 65gm eggs, could this be the reason?). So can I bake using a 7"x3" baking tin? Anyway, I want to try again tomorrow. Any more advice for me? Thanks!

lena said...

hi sonia, hope you had a lovely birthday celebration. Thanks for sharing this sponge cake recipe, it's something new to me.

Anonymous said...

Made this cake and it is incredibly soft and the sweetness is just right. My hubs thought the cake was bought from a high quality japanese bakery and he ate half of the cake in one sitting. Two thumbs up for this recipe and thanks for sharing!

Karen

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia, what a beautiful cake, encouraging me to make it. One question, can we subtitute the removable not non stick cake tin with chiffon pan? Thanks in advance.

Sarina

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Sarina, yes, you can use chiffon pan, but it will turned out like a normal chiffon.

Anonymous said...

hi sonia, i tried making this cake and succeed on the 2nd attempt...its really nice..i was wondering if it can make it chocolate flavour or matcha flavour?

June

Anonymous said...

Hi there...
I came across your spong cake recipe..and it looked wonderful! Intried it today and cooled about 5 mins before overturning it upside down to cool down. After removing from pan, the bottom part sinked in... Was so upset..wonder what went wrong. Will be glad if you can advise.... I used a non stick normal 6" pan.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

June, should be ok to make it chocolate or matcha flavour.

Anonymous, you used a wrong baking pan, you should use a NOT a non-stick pan.

mui mui said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
mui mui said...

Chi,
Wow! Soft and cottony sponge cake.
No wonder your girl thought it is a cheesecake :)
Thanks for sharing!
mui
**sorry I deleted the previous comment cause there is some typo error :p

. said...

Hi Sonia,

If i want to make in 8" mould.
using 5 eggs, should I double up the flour, butter etc ...?

. said...

Hi Sonia,

If i want to make in 8" mould.
using 5 eggs, should I double up the flour, butter etc ...?

thanks,
Colleen

Anonymous said...

The sponge cake will shrink if removing while the warm, I tried. So the best is still use a removable bottom tin.

Anonymous said...

I used a 8" tin too and I increased the other ingredients proportionately to the no. of eggs. I.e. x 1.67

Thanh Nguyen said...

Hi Sonia,

I've tried your recipe exactly each step and the cake after bake was perfect, I've never made any sponge cake which have the smooth surface like that. But one thing it make me confuse about the taste is it has a little sour taste, my mom after try the cake then she thought it's a yogurt cake. I don't know i make any wrong when make the cake or this cake must have the sour taste as your told on the top is your daughter think the cake is the chesesecake. Could you help me to make clear my confuse? Thank you Sonia.

phoebs said...

Hi Sonia

Tried this recipe and result was fantastic. It was so soft that for a moment I thought I was eating cotton candy ;)
This recipe is definitely a keeper!
Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Just wondering can i use your swiss meringue buttercream to frost this cake? Will it be too heavy that cake can't support weight?

YS Chew said...

can we use whipped cream to frost this cake? Will it support the weight?

Broccoli Ginger said...

Hi Sonia,

Can you please do a 9" pan recipe?
I am afraid if I double the ingredients will it still be as beautiful as yours?
Thanks!!

Ariana de Jesús Miranda Irra said...

Hi! If I would like to make a cheesecake using this recipe, when should I add the cream cheese? It looks really spongeful and delicious. Thank you very much.

My Le said...

Hi Sonia,
I wld like to try your cake recipe but I live in Australia and we have different egg sizing system, cld you pls tell roughly the weight of size A egg as I tried to google but the results are very confusing (only found Large, XL, etc sizes).

Thanks
ML

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Thanh Nguyen, my cake has no sour taste, not sure why has this taste.

phoebs, YS chew, I have doubt this cake can support the heavy swiss meringue, maybe non dairy whipped cream should be ok. Anyway, I have to try out then only can let you know whether it work or not. Or maybe you try it out and let me know.

Ariana, I was thinking to use this recipe to make into cream cheese cake too. If I will make this, then I will replace some butter with cream cheese.

My Lee, the A size egg I usually use is 66g-68g (with shell) , 56g-57g without shell. Hope this helps.


Cherish said...

Hi Sonia, I made this cake twice and didnt succeed. The first time, the bottom of the cake has a thick and transparent layer of oil. I wondered why and realized I used margarine. Maybe that was why. The second time I made it, this time with butter, the bottom still has a thin layer of oil formed although not as thick as the first one. Also, the cake is not as fluffy because the bottom half of the cake is kind of dense-like. This happens on my first attempt with margarine also. Do you know why half bottom of my cakes are dense? Please advise! Thanks, Sonia!

Turkish cuisine said...

what a beautiful cake, encouraging me to make it

The Experimental Cook said...

So beautiful! I am going to bake it in time for Labor Day.

Anonymous said...

Guess what, I'm eating this cake right now. Tried this recipe and it turned out great, fluffy and spongy. I have used a non stick pan but have greased it with butter and flour. It turned out great as I was worried that it might not rise. Thank you Sonia for the great recipe! - Shirley

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia
Beside increasing the eggs to 5 nos, do I need to double other ingredients if I use 8" pan? Thank you in advance from Vivien.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia,
I've tried out ur cake. Love ur receipe very much as ur cake really look soft and light.

I've tried 2 times. 1st times the cake sank. 2nd times, I increased eggs to 4 coz I'm using 7" pan. And the cake turn out to be good and light. Somehow the sweetness taste is very mild. Maybe I shud add little more sugar in future.

Cheers, Serene

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Sonia, do you advise to increase the baking time if I bake the batter in 8 inches cake tin? How long the timing should be increased? Thank you!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Kitchen corner, maybe 5-10mins for each stage 140C and 170C..

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Cherish, I guess this have to do with your oven temperature..suspected low temp at the bottom part..

Vivien, divide each of the ingredients by 3 (based on 3 eggs) then multiply with 5 (based on 5 eggs)

Shirley, great that it also turned out great using a non-stick pan, Thanks for the tips.

Kitchen Corner said...

Wow thanks for your prompt reply Sonia !

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Sonia, I have a successful attempt. Thanks for sharing a great recipe. Cheers!

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Sonia,
Do you have chocolate version of this recipe?

anony said...

Hi!

Is it possible if i steam this instead of bake it?

Thnks
Jac

Madi Kaung Myat said...

Hi Sonia, your cake looks so wonderful with a smooth top- no cracks no doom.

My oven is a Panasonic microwave which can also be used for convection baking. It is not possible to turn off the fan.

I am sort of a newbie in baking> I am not sure if fan would mess up the cake. Please advice. If you think convection should do fine, please also advice the baking temperatures .

Thank you.

Veronica Tee said...

Can I use orange juice instead of milk?

Anonymous said...

Hi

How is the texture and taste of this cake as compared to the cake made using the vanilla sponge cake recipe that you posted previously (16 May 2013) ?

Which of the 2 recipes will be more suitable for a soft and fluffy sponge cake base ?

Lks

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Madi Kaung Myat, i am not sure, i think you try out first to check the suitable method.

Veronica, should be ok, but i still prefer to use milk.

Anonymous, if you want use for sponge cake base, suggest to use vanilla sponge cake.

Aeris said...

Hi Sonia, your golden sponge cake looks awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm new in baking. I tried to bake this cake using a same 6" inches cake pan but my cake doesn't rise. It's only 1 and half inches tall. But it tasted so good just like a Japanese cheesecake. I used unsalted butter and I forgot to add in pinch of salt. Could it be the cause or its due to my skills in beating egg whites or folding egg whites to the egg yolk batter. I'm gonna try it again next week!

Anonymous said...

The milk you are using to do this cake is the cold milk or warm milk?

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Absolutely great recipe! Stumbled upon ur recipe today and made it and I wanna tell u never once I have made such good cake! Smells like heaven too! Thank you! The surface was perfect too! My first time ever making a smooth surface cake!
--Yen

Veronica Ng said...

Sonia, today I made this in a removable base pan. Looks good when it came out from the oven. I inverted it to cool for almost an hour. When I removed the paper from the base of the cake, the bottom of the cake is not flat, it sort of sunk. I wonder if I left it inverted for too long?

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Veronica , in my recipe I didn't line paper at all, if you line paper then you have to remove cake from tin after cool maybe for 10mins, the longer you keep, hot steam will turn the cake wet and sunk too.

Veronica Ng said...

Thanks Sonia. appreciate your advice.

Anonymous said...

I m baking it now..exactly follow your advise eventhough i was quite worried how the 6g corn flour looks like..it was about 2 tsp thru my recent observation..the cake still in the oven but raising fantastically n perfectly..i never had this kind of look (while they were still in the oven) for any sponge cake that i baked before..i wish i can update the full result later..many thanks to you Sonia - Emy

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia, thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried frosting this cake with non diary cream. It came out great! Btw, i double the ingredient and baked with 9 inch loose base.

Thanks
Ge

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