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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Basic Vanilla Sponge Cake for a celebration!

Hurray! A new cocoon for sharmispassions....Yes from blogspot, sharmispassions has moved to its own domain www.sharmispassions.com...It almost took 2 weeks for me to get convinced to go ahead with this name for .com....becos reading more about SEO (Search Engine Optimisaiton) confused me to opt for a change....I was with around 20 names to shortlist....but then finally I felt this name was my identity in this blog world and wanted it to remain the same :) so went ahead with it! This is the final post with 'blogspot' watermark :)

It was my long time thought to move to my own domain but something or the other took more priorities that stopped me from doing it.But I was particular not to delay further and this should happen in June as its a special month for me....yes my lil one is nearing her 1st bday on June 19th.... its even more special as she was born on my fathers bday....What more blessing can I ask out of life?!
Vanilla Sponge Cake
And finally here I am with my dream come true :) Thanks to all my friends and readers for all ur encouragement and support....wishing for the same in future too!! Waiting to hear ur feedback or suggestions. The transition and redirections are not completely over....its in process but that doesnt affect anything on the front end...But do let me know if you have any problems!

Its celebration time with this yummy vanilla sponge cake....this is hubby's favorite. To be true I made this for his bday and it was lying in drafts for a long time....dusted it out for this celebration :) Okay now going on to the recipe:

Ingredients:
  • Maida or APF - 200 gms
  • Butter - 200 gms (at room temperature)
  • Eggs - 2
  • Powdered Sugar - 200 gms
  • Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
  • Salt - one pinch (optional)
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp

Vanilla Sponge Cake

Method:
  1. Sieve maida and baking powder twice and keep aside. This is for evenly mixing of baking powder with the flour.

  2. Beat the eggs till soft and fluffy with a blender or mixer. The egg should be almost doubled in size showing the frothy texture on top.I blended using the normal mixer till fluffy.

  3. Next, lightly beat butter and sugar together till nicely blended [The butter should be at room temperature before mixing it with sugar] Add the beaten eggs to this.

  4. Mix the egg butter sugar mixture well, add vanilla essence and mix well. Now add salt and mix well again.

  5. Gently add the flour little by little(may be in 2-3 parts) stirring continuously. Make sure no lumps are formed. I started first with a spatula but ended up with my hands for mixing :)

  6. Preheat the oven at 180 deg C for 10 mins. Meanwhile transfer the batter to a greased tray and bake it for 30-35 mins.

Vanilla Sponge Cake
Needless to say the aroma and taste. The cake comes out so soft and moist!! This is the only piece of cake I could reserve to click and test for the next day :)
Written by: SHARMILEE J

90 comments:

  1. Hurray!! Congratulations girl! Transition seems to have happened perfectly well :)
    Cake looks moist and delicious, pass that plate to me!

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  2. Great going gal....cake looks yummy n so perfect...nice pics

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  3. Congrats on your spanking new space Sharmi; love it :-)

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  4. Congrats sharmi for the next level in blogging... the site looks great...

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  5. Wow! Congrats Sharmi..The cake looks yummy..great picture..

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  6. Wow! This is wonderful....Never expected these talents in you:)))..It would have been great if you could make it during the college days :)

    Congrats!!! and it is wonderful to see the recipes and infact I am also trying :)

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  7. looks perfect even i do like cake but it should be without egg.I ll be gr8 ful if you could tell me eggless one method

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  8. Congrats sharmi.. The cake looks yummy and great clicks too..

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  9. Congrats Sharmi...the layout looks great. very fresh and welcoming. love this sponge recipe. thats my bro's fav cake and just baked some 2 weeks back. simple yet yummilicious

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  10. Nice... Congrats... Lovely looking cake... YUM!

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  11. Congrats Sharmi for ur new space..Cake looks super spongy, vaalu kuttiku athukula 1yr aaga potha..keep rocking dear..

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  12. Hats off dear.
    May many more success follows you..
    cake looks absolutely mouth watering...Beautiful click.

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  13. Cake looks delish Sharmi and a big congrats to you..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  14. Congrats Sharmi...Cake looks delicious !!!

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  15. Congrats on ur new space.. The cake looks moist and delicious...

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  16. Congratulations Sharmi.....Cake looks perfect and delicious.

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  17. Congrats Sharmi.Adv b'day wishes to the baby.Cake looks so delicious!

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  18. Congrats on your new domain.... Cake looks spongy and moist.

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  19. Congrats sharmilee...my daughter's birthday falls on 18th :)

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  20. Congrats on ur new space!! Admire you doing all this with a one year old, I know life can be extremely hectic:-)) Perfect sponge!!

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  21. Good for you, congratulations. I got my own domain too few months ago! :))

    Sponge cake looks yummy.

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  22. Congratulations Sharmi,
    On your new domain. Cake looks moist and yummy

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  23. Congrats on the new home :-) The Vanilla Sponge Cake looks so perfect n delicious!

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  24. congrats sharmi...Vanilla cake looks so tempting...

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  25. Congrats on the new domain. I think youve made a great decision by sticking with your original idenity :)

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  26. Hearty Congratulations! :) Happy for you Sharmi,way to go :) Cake looks very nice and cute doll too :)

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  27. nice pics...will try this recipe for sure

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  28. This is so simple and good. Congrats on the new domain name!

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  29. Love your 'new home':) I love your pics and the layout!THe sponge cake looks exotic

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  30. Congrats on your new domain, loved the new look and layout of your site.

    The cake looks moist and delicious, lovely pictures as usual:-)

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  31. CONGRADS Sharmi!!!

    so you should host a treat for me.. okay??

    and seeing the Butter and Egg's at your cake recipe surely tells that its a Celebration Cake!!

    Good Luck on all your Ventures!!

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  32. Congratulations Sharmi on your own space and this new palce is just awesome. I am sure you will whip up lots of wonderful recipes, with beautiful pictures like you always have.
    Happy birthday in advance to the sweet kiddo and God bless.

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  33. Thanks everyone for ur support and encouragement!! And thanks for the wishes too...:)

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  34. Congrats Sharmi..Great news..!!!

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  35. Congrats!
    Perfect slice of cake to celebrate :)

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  36. perfect cake dear started following u,
    do visit my blog if time permits,
    http://premascooking.blogspot.com

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  37. Celebration time indeed...Congrats to get your own domain and also Advance Happy Birthday to your little one.....cake looks so yum and perfect....

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  38. i want to make this tonight, convinced from your pictures that even using 4 eggs would turn the cake into a spongy airy delish cake. wish me luck! i was looking for a less egg required recipe for sponge cake and found this. thanks!!!!

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  39. Hi, I liked your blog, after seeing the vanilla cake i tried at ed to make it at once , had everything at home. Did exactly the same way God! what a wonderful CAKEEEEEEE .

    thanks

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  40. @Joy:Thanks a lot for trying and letting me knw...am glad u like it. This is another no fail recipe I got from my cousin....am sure u must have enjoyed till the last bite :)

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  41. Thanks a lot for nice cake receipe....It turned up very very good...

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  42. @Jai : Thanks for trying n letting me know...Am glad that u liked it!

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  43. HI sharmilee....I tried this cake..but the mixture became very thick to mix the flour...is it the same way?could u please show pictorial representation as in eggless cake? Thank you

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  44. @Anon : Sure will post the stepwise when I make it next time...but my batter was also thick only slightly flowing consistency

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  45. Hi Sharmilee, I am very impressed with this cake. But I need measurement in cups.. 200g is equivalent to 1.5cups is it?

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  46. @Thava ; My 1 cup measures 250 ml which is actually 150 gms.

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  47. Hi Sharmnilee..
    I tried the cake .It turned out to be good.However When I was trying to remove it was not coming out,...and finally it broke

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  48. I tried this version of cake.. Yummy and perfect it was.. Thank you so much

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  49. hi ur cake looks delicious..can i use cooking oil instead of butter if so wat is quantity.looking forward to ur reply

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  50. @Anon : I have not tried any other substitute for butter may be you can give a try and see with oil :)

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  51. Hi Sharmi,
    I tried this cake. Just believe me it came out awesome.. more soft in texture than expected. very very tasty.. I am expecting a fresh cream cake recipe from you. please post it.
    Thanks for your posts dear. You are doing a fantastic job.

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  52. Hey:) thanks for the recipe and the step by step instructions. I needed those !! Im sorry but i have a rather basic question: my manual says preheat the oven at 250 on toast mode for ten mins before using the oven every time. Your recipe called for preheating at 180 for 10 mins. So i preheated according to the manual then put the oven off for about 2 mins, and set the temp for 180. Once the oven light went off i put in the cake for baking. Was this ok?

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  53. @Lisa: Even my OTG manual says to preheat at 250deg C for any recipe but I follow the same temperature which the recipe calls for...in this case it is 180 deg. You need not switch off the oven, just turn the nob to the required temperature before keeping the batter inside(if you follow ur manual instruction). Else just follow blindly to preheat always with the temperature the recipe calls for as I do...Hope this helps!

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  54. Sharmilee, its incredibly generous of you to give out recipes and help! Yes, your reply was v helpful. I think i will just follow the recipe preheating requirements from now on. thank so much!!!!

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  55. All the ingredients measuring 200gms means 1.25 cup each?

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  56. @Vimala : No no each ingredient measures differently so here it is :
    Maida - 1.5 cups
    Sugar - 1 cup
    Butter - 1 cup

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  57. Tried out this cake. But the batter was extremely thick so added almost a cup of milk. The taste wasn't bad but it was not evenly cooked. Does butter at room temp mean it has to come to the liquid state? Mine was semi solid when i mixed it with sugar.

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  58. @Carine : At room temperature is just out of the fridge..Oh am not sure why it happenned. Try room temerature butter next time....

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  59. Hello!

    can we use salted butter or unsalted butter is to be used?

    Thanks in advance!
    Asha

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  60. thanks for a quick response, and for the measurements!!

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  61. hi Sharmi, I tried this cake but dint come out well. Even after baking for 45min the cake was liquid inside . only the top had formed a think layer. i dont know wat mistake i did. i put half amount of butter and remaining half as oil. is that the reason ?

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  62. @veena : Even after 45mins.....?! Please check the more and temperature of your oven....not really sure what went wrong.

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  63. Thanks for this good recipe i did it as said in this procedure and cake really came out soo soft and texture was also too good.Thank thank you and please add some more cake varieties..its my request please.

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    1. I will surely update the pics when I make it next time but you can check my pound cake batter which is close to the consistency of this batter

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  64. Pls can u upload the final pic of the batter befre keepng in oven...since im baking fr the first tme it wuld be hlpful...thnx in advance....

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  65. Hi Sharmi,

    I tried making this cake today and it turned to be awesomeeeee :) Thanks for the recipe :D

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  66. sharmi,
    i tried this cake but outer side its roasted and inner some what semi liquid. what went wrong i dont know ? plz help me..............if i mixed in hand mixer is it ok ay?

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    1. Use whisk to mix which will mix the batter without any lumps...not sure why you faced the pblm

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  67. Hi,

    I would like to learn ABC of baking.Need to but an OTG and will u suggest the capacity of Oven?

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    1. Please check my oven post for more details about the oven I have....

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  68. Hi sharmi i tried this cake.but it was bit hard.i dont know y..pls help me

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    1. There can be several reasons for the cake to turn hard...overbaking or overmixing can make the cake hard.

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  69. can yo please give me in cup measurements

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    1. Havent measured in cups,will sure update it when I make this cake next time

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    2. Dear Sharmileeji,

      Just wanted to know what is the difference between this cake i.e between Vanilla Sponge cake and the Vanilla Pound cake??

      Sushmitha

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    3. The ingredients are same but the measurements are different for pound cake.....

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  70. agreed .....but taste wise....is there any diffrence....just asking coz i have tried your Pound cake recipe...it came out perfect.....havnt tried the sponge cake yet.....also the cakes that you bake and click are jus awesome.....i mean even though i followed the same recipe word by word still i cudnt get the colour and texture what you get....that shows that your are truly a blessed one.... a true "Annapoorna"

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    1. Tastewise and texturewise there is difference....thank you so much for the kind words...dont really know whether I deserve it :)

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  71. Thanks for all your baking tips..it really helped me out..i tried this cake by using half of the amount of all ingredients..it dint come out like a sponge..its like half of the top part of the cake ,if we press it it is falling like a sand..can u tell me what went wrong?

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    1. If you half the ingredients then you should have chosen a pan suitable for it such that the batter comes to 1/2 of the pan and reg the texture not really sure what went wrong

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  72. hi sharmi, all ur recipes are good it helped me a lot.. i tried this cake it came out well.. please add some more cake recipes such as black forest..

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  73. Hi Sharmi, first let me thank you for sharing wonderful recipes. Today I tried the basic vanilla sponge cake. The taste was great but the texture was not as in your pic. Could you show us the pic of the final batter. Was it of pouring consistency?

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    1. Sure will post the stepwise pictures soon

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  74. Hi sharmilee, am trying to bake cakes for the first time. Confused on the oven temp, just a quick question. I preheat the oven to a particular temperature for the time mentioned. Then should I turn the oven off, then place the cake trays in it and allow them to bake for the stipulated time in the hotness of the oven or should I keep the oven on itself for the entire 35-40 mts. Please explain. Hope I didn't confuse you.

    regards, Kala

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    1. No no after preheating dont switch off the oven, just place the tray inside the oven and bake till mentioned time.

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  75. Hi Sharmi, Thanks for sharing this recipe..
    Tried it and it came out perfect :)

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  76. Hi sharmi .pls give step by step pics specially once the egg is beaten hw shd it look. tried this but didn't come out well.pls guide me as a begginer

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