Honey Sponge Cake


Well, this is the dessert that I prepared for my co-brother’s birthday dinner. For some reason, I still haven’t mustered courage to try a complex cake with icing and layers. So I keep browsing websites for simple cakes that I can try out with the basic ingredients that I already have. That’s when I came across this one on Maria Chechi’s site. She has actually prepared a steamed version for those who do not have an oven. Since I didn’t have a proper vessel to steam it, I went ahead with baking. So those of you who do not have an oven, please refer to Chechi’s recipe. Those with an oven can follow mine 🙂

Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (Maida)
  • 1 tsp custard powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking/cooking soda
  • 50gm softened butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 eggs
Method
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C
  • Prepare the baking pan by greasing it with butter and dusting some flour over it
  • In a large bowl combine the all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and custard powder
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the brown sugar with the softened butter using a whisk. Add oil and whisk. To this add honey and vanilla essence and whisk. At last, add the eggs in three portions, whisking after each addition. Make sure the batter is lump free.
  • Now add the above wet mixture to the dry ingredients in portions and fold with a wooden spoon after each addition.
  • Once the batter is well combined, pour it in the baking pan and bake for 40 mins
Note – Due to the presence of brown sugar, the top layer might tend to get burnt soon. So keep a frequent eye on the cake and if you notice the top layer turning dark brown, remove the cake, cover it with an aluminium foil and put it back in the oven!
This cake is served best with a scoop of vanilla/butterscotch ice-cream and a drizzle of honey 🙂
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