Friday, January 14, 2011

Sponge Cake with Dulce De Leche Filling

Cake.. I've always been a really big fan of cake, all kinds of cake except for Black Forrest cake. I don't like traditional Christmas Cake either, partly because its weight is equivalent to that of three well-fed babies and also because of the dry fruit overload. But there's just something about cake that makes me feel like someone's giving me a big warm hug; it's comfort food for me.

Anyhoo! Today my mom was craving Sponge Cake. She specifically requested that I fill it with Dulce De Leche (which is also the national sweet of Argentina) and top it off with whipped cream. My mom's a very simple woman who likes very simple desserts which in turn makes my life easier ;)

I love cake batter <3

I'm still a newbie when it comes to cake decorating. I haven't had much time to practice any new techniques but I'm going to keep on trying till I get it just right.

 Photo credits: Hind Mustafa, Basel Mebar, Yasmin Mebar

Mom was very satisfied with the cake, she had around 2 slices already! So glad :)

Update: Recipe request!

Sponge Cake

What you'll need:.
  • 2 sticks of butter (Approx. 300g), softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Putting everything together:
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F)
  2. Grease and lightly flour two 9x3-inch round cake pans; line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  4. Add the sugar gradually and beat for 3 minutes until fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating well after each addition. (Note: you can simply mix in the vanilla extract with the milk to make the alternation easier)
  7. Divide the batter among the cake pans.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  9. Let cakes cool in pans for ten minutes.
  10. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
Dulce De Leche

Take one can of sweetened condensed milk. Place it in the center of a pressure pot, cover with water till the can is about 1½ inches deep in water. Cook on high heat for 20 minutes exactly. Remove can and wait for it to cool down. Open seal and spread onto cake.

Whipped Cream

I used the Dream Whip sachets; instructions are found on the sachet itself :)