Sunday, May 9, 2010

Hot Milk Sponge Cake



I came across this hot milk sponge cake in a fellow blogger's website and it caught my fancy, because I was looking for a few cake recipes for the up and coming birthday of His Majesty. Yah, His Majesty (the little naughty one) is turning 1 year old soon and we are inviting a few guests to celebrate his birthday the coming weekend. So this morning, when H.M. was being escorted off to the church for Sunday mass by his humble servant (none other than my hubby), and I was left alone by myself for a rare hour or two, I quickly settled down to my favourite past-time.

Baking is therapeutic to me, I am considered a novice baker as I have only started baking for one and a half year (actually just a few months if you considered the long break I took during and after my pregnancy), but baking has never failed to give me an adrenaline rush when I see the cake freshly baked from the oven. There were times when I felt sad and discouraged when the cake failed to live up to its promise, and I had to throw the cake to the chickens in our garden. (In fact, our chickens were quite well-fed in the beginning as they had quite a number of failed cakes to peck on during their tea time.)

Anyway, I am digressing....this hot milk sponge cake was easy to do, there is very little butter but a lot of milk in it, so that kind of lessen my guilt and I can afford to take a few more bites. I consider this a healthy cake (if any cake is healthy at all!)

I took the recipe from Little Teochew's blog, and she took it from Felicia's blog. I didn't manage to achieve a smooth surface for the cake, it may be because I used baking soja instead of butter (baking soja is actually a kind of baking margarine used here for cooking and baking in belgium). On hindsight, I should have used a sharp knife to cut through the cake lightly to burst the bubbles before putting it in the oven. Nevertheless, I considered this cake quite easy to do as I only spent 20 min preparing it and 30 min in the oven. It is quite moist and tastes a bit like butter cake and a bit like "Ji Dan Gao". However I find the eggy taste a bit over-powering and not quite to my liking.

Here are the ingredients :
- 1 1/3 cups cake flour
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the detailed instructions, please refer to Felicia or Little Teochew's blog as I don't wanna copy and paste. :)

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