Baked Chinese Sponge Cake ingredients:
- 2 cups Softasilk brand cake flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup oil
- 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 8 eggs (separated)
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond or coconut)
1. Heat water and dissolve sugar. Let cool.
2. Mix yolk into sugar water.
3. Slowly add flour into the mixture.
4. Blend in oil and extract.
5. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until peaks are stiff. Add cream of tartar.
6. Fold batter from above into egg whites.
7. Pour combined batter into an UNGREASED aluminum cake pan (do NOT use a non-stick pan!).
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until done (when toothpick comes out clean).
9. Turn cake upside down and let cool.
Whip Cream Frosting
Ingredients for whipped cream frosting
· 2 tbsp cold water
· 1 tsp unflavored gelatin – can be found in the supermarket in the Jello section.
· 2 cups (1 pint) of chilled heavy cream
· 1 tsp vanilla
· 2.5 tbsp of confectioner’s sugar
Directions for preparing the whipped cream frosting
1. Place your mixing bowl and wire whisk(s) into the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes before using them to prepare the whipped cream. This will ensure that the cream stays as cold as possible.
2. Add the unflavored gelatin to a small bowl with the 2 tbsp of cold water. Let it soak for about 5 minutes and then dissolve the gelatin into the water by holding the bowl (carefully) over a pot of simmering water to slowly heat it while continuously stirring. Once dissolved, the gelatin and water should be almost clear. Set aside and let cool to a luke warm temp, but do not let the gelatin cool or sit too long or it will harden.
3. Take your chilled mixing bowl and wire whisks out of the freezer and add the 1-pint of chilled heavy cream to the mixing bowl. Beat the cream in your mixer or with your hand mixer in the following manner.
a. Beat the cream slowly until it just starts to form bubbles (30 sec.).
b. Increase the mixing speed to medium until the wire whisk leaves some trails in the cream (30 sec.).
c. Increase the mixing speed to high and mix the cream until it becomes billowy. Add the sugar and vanilla carefully while continuing to mix until the cream becomes just stiff. The cream will begin to stiffen within a minute of adding the sugar. As soon as the cream is just becoming stiff, add the dissolved gelatin while continuing to mix. Once the gelatin is added, the cream will further stiffen and dry out. After adding the gelatin, continue beating the cream for about 30 more seconds or until you are satisfied that it is stiff enough, but not too dry or clumpy.
4. Once you are finished with beating the whipped cream, use it immediately for frosting the cake, or refrigerate it for later use. If refrigerating the cream for later use, be mindful of the fact that the cream may stiffen slightly when refrigerated, but it will loosen up again once you start working with it.